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Basic Sourdough Bread Recipe

Basic Sourdough Bread

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"Absolutely the best! Soft crust and well risen."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 1 1/2 pound loaf Change Servings


  1. Allow starter to come to room temperature.
  2. Place all ingredients in the bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
  3. Select Basic or White Bread cycle, and Medium crust setting. Start.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 03, 2003

I have used the recipe 5 fimes, and it has been great each time. I recently obtained a starter from a friend and wanted to give sourdough a try. After making it once "by hand", I tried this machine recipe. This recipe worked better and was obviously much easier! I find bread flour works very nicely. Every bread machine is different; this recipe works very well for me.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 04, 2007

It would have been really good for persons who do not have a bread machine to know the order in which the ingredients are to be infused and the process by which the bread can be made by hand.

Nov 06, 2008

I don't have a bread machine so adapted this to the conventional oven. first rise until doubled, second rise for about 45 min. baked in 400degree oven for 20-25 minutes. I've used this recipe twice now and love the flavor and texture of the bread; used a raw potato starter. thanks so much for this recipe

Feb 04, 2007

Excellent recipe. I made it manually and since my starter is not very liquid, I had to add water. This was a very nice dough that was easy to work with. I agree with reviewer DSRTBLND43 that the sourness of your starter has a lot to do with the sourness of the bread. My fairly new starter has still not achieved the tang I want, but this recipe is the recipe I will keep using for my sourdough bread. Nice crust, good chewiness, moist inside, and very good flavor. Thank you Kathy!

Oct 12, 2007

So I missed the 90s Bread Revolution and just bought my first one. This was my first non-box recipe and I just happen to have a 3 year old sourdough colony in my fridge. The bread was AWESOME!!! The one comment I have is that I needed to add more water, probably closer to 1/2 a cup. You can always check on the dough during the first knead cycle and add more if necessary, which is what I did, to make it look like dough. If it's crumbly it needs water!

Nov 14, 2006

it need 2-6more Tablespoons of water &1-2 tsp of oil or melted butter ,the dough got a little to dry ,it was great bread,taste,texture was the best,better then store bought fresh from a bakery

Jan 06, 2003

This is the best tasting and stays moist to the end and so very easy to make I really eat more bread then I ever used to. It is really so very good. Thank you for the recipe. Marie20002

Jan 19, 2003

I found this recipe a bit too dificult. Perhaps it was just me, but after carefully following the directions, I ended up with a half-cooked extremely strong tasting loaf. I made the bread three different times with the same result.


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  • Calories
  • 167 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 201 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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