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Sourdough Bread Without Starter: Your Guide + Recipe

Quick Sourdough Bread Without Starter Recipe

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Make a simple loaf of homemade artisan sourdough bread with a crisp, golden crust, and plush interior. You won’t need a starter for this one!

  • Total Time: 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 400g strong white bread flour
  • 100g rye flour
  • 100ml plain white natural yogurt
  • 200ml water
  • 12 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 sachet of Instant Sourdough yeast


  1. Add your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine water, vinegar, and yogurt, then add this to the dry ingredients.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon, then transfer the dough to a clean kitchen surface, and use your hands to start kneading.
  3. Knead the bread for 10 minutes, and your dough should become elastic and smooth.
  4. Place the dough back into the bowl, and cover it with a tea towel, till the dough rises to double its size. This can take 40-60 minutes depending on the warmth of your kitchen.
  5. Once the dough has risen, shape your bread dough, and let the bread rise once more. You can place your dough into a proofing basket for a crisp crust.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and place a Dutch oven into the oven.
  7. Carefully remove the heated Dutch oven from the hot oven, and slice the top of the bread with a sharp knife, before carefully lowering the dough into the oven.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the Dutch oven from the oven, lower the temperature to 400 degrees F, and replace the half-baked bread in the oven, to bake for another 20 minutes.


  • Ensure that you are using some form of sourdough yeast, otherwise it will not be a sourdough loaf
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: bread


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 178 kcal
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g