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Closeup of a sliced loaf of homemade sourdough bread on a wooden board, with a red background.

Homemade Sourdough Bread

  • Author: Kendall Vanderslice
  • Total Time: 10 hrs, 15 min
  • Yield: 1 loaf


Learn to make your own beautiful artisan loaves of sourdough bread at home, with homemade sourdough starter.


  • 100 grams active starter, bubbly from a recent feed
  • 200 grams water, divided
  • 100 grams whole wheat flour
  • 200 grams all purpose flour
  • 10 grams salt


  1. Mix together the starter, 100 grams of water, and the whole wheat flour. Let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Add the remaining 100 grams of water and the all-purpose flour. Stir to combine until the flour is fully hydrated. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the dough and squeeze it in.
  4. Stretch and fold the dough, stretching one corner up at a time and folding the mixture in half.
  5. Perform 4 stretch and folds (completing 4 full cycles with one fold starting at each corner), every 20 minutes for 2 hours.
  6. After the final stretch and fold, let the dough rest for 3 hours.
  7. Shape the dough into a round and place in a floured bread basket or a colander lined with a well-floured towel. Let rest for 3 hours.
  8. Set the oven to 500°F and place a baking tray, cast iron skillet, or Dutch oven inside to preheat.
  9. When the oven has come up to temperature, carefully pull the tray out of the oven. Flip the dough seam-side down onto the hot tray. Score the top of the dough with a slice 1/2 inch deep and 3 inches long. Feel free to get creative, using cool designs for this cut!
  10. Return the tray to the oven, toss 2 ice cubes in the bottom of the oven to create steam, and decrease the heat to 475°F.
  11. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the crust is dark auburn in color.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing.
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Sourdough
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Bread

Keywords: sourdough, sourdough starter, sourdough bread, fermentation