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Sourdough Bread For Beginners: Your Guide From Starter To Loaf

Sourdough Bread Recipe for Beginners

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Here is the step-by-step sourdough bread recipe that’s beginner-friendly!

  • Total Time: 5-6 days
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 500g bread flour
  • 350g water
  • 10g salt
  • 100g active sourdough starter


  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Kitchen scale
  • Plastic wrap
  • Proofing basket or bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Dutch oven or baking dish with lid


  1. Make your sourdough starter several days in advance. Mix 100g flour and 100g water, let sit covered at room temperature for 24 hours, then begin discarding and feeding 100g each flour and water regularly.
  2. Mix together 500g bread flour, 350g water, 10g salt, and 100g of your active starter until ingredients are incorporated and a shaggy dough forms. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.
  3. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 10-15 minutes until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.
  4. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let proof at room temperature for 3-5 hours.
  5. Punch down the risen dough and shape into a round boule. Place seam side up in a proofing basket or bowl lined with a floured cloth. Cover and proof 1-2 hours more.
  6. Preheat the oven and Dutch oven at 450°F. Score the top of the loaf and carefully place into the hot Dutch oven. Cover and bake 20 minutes.
  7. Remove lid and bake sourdough bread uncovered 15-25 minutes more until deep brown crust forms. Check internal temperature reaches 208°F.
  8. Cool on a wire rack before slicing. Enjoy your fresh sourdough bread!


  • Use an instant-read thermometer to monitor dough and kitchen temperature.
  • Weigh ingredients for consistency versus using cup measures.
  • Scale back water slightly until you know how a new flour absorbs hydration.
  • Proof in a warm, draft-free spot like inside a microwave or oven.
  • Shape dough gently without over-handling it. Let it relax between folds.
  • Watch for dough to double in size, test for jiggle, and check for air bubbles.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: bread


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 150 g
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 148 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g