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The Ultimate Sourdough Recipe

This is the best traditional sourdough recipe around. The texture and flavor of the bread are just perfect!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread recipe, sourdough, sourdough bread, sourdough bread recipe, sourdough recipe
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 loaves
Author Jenna

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Active Sourdough Starter
  • 3 Cups Warm Water (around 115 degrees)
  • 10 Cups Flour Unbleached Divided
  • 2 tbsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Raw Sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix Sourdough starter, water, and 6 cups of flour thoroughly in large bowl. Allow to sit for 2-8 hours until actively bubbling. Pour sponge into mixing bowl, add sea salt and sugar. Slowly knead in remaining 4 cups of flour and continue to knead for 3-4 minutes. Place dough in well oiled bowl, turn to coat dough with oil. Set aside to rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size. Form dough into 4 loaves and place in oiled loaf pans. Set to rise 1-2 hours until dough is about 1 inch above the pan sides. Place in preheated 450ยบ oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

    a photo collage of sourdough bread loaves with the words "the ultimate sourdough bread recipe"