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How Long To Let Sourdough Rise – Tips For Best Oven Spring

Basic Sourdough Bread Recipe

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Here’s a basic sourdough recipe that you can try out asap.


  • 400g active sourdough starter (100% hydration)
  • 800g bread flour
  • 600g water
  • 16g salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the active sourdough starter and water. Stir until well mixed.
  2. Add the bread flour to the bowl and mix until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes (autolyze) to allow the flour to fully hydrate.
  4. Add the salt to the dough and knead or use the stretch and fold technique until the salt is fully incorporated and the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours, performing a stretch and folding every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours.
  6. Divide the dough into two equal portions and shape each into a round loaf.
  7. Place each loaf into a floured banneton or a well-floured kitchen towel inside a bowl.
  8. Cover the loaves and let them rise at room temperature for another 2 to 3 hours or until visibly expanded.
  9. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) with a Dutch oven or baking stone inside.
  10. Once the loaves have risen, carefully transfer them to the preheated Dutch oven or baking stone.
  11. Score the tops of the loaves with a sharp knife or razor.
  12. Bake with the lid on for 20 minutes, then remove the lid and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes until the crust turns golden brown.
  13. Remove the loaves from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack before slicing.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc