Have your ever baked a fresh loaf of bread? I was a little intimidated to move beyond fresh dinner rolls…but after an afternoon with a good friend and precise instructions…I’ve been baking bread nonstop!
The written instructions for sourdough can seem overwhelming so we’ve provided a full step by step video, sharing the entire process. Written + printable instructions are also provided below too.
To create starter for your sourdough, King Arthur has a great fresh option. They ship 1oz of live starter to you that is ready to use within 24 hours!
To store your starter, Shiloh recommends a 2qt glass batter bowl with an air tight lid. HERE’s a great option.
TIP: Every few weeks move your starter to a clean bowl, run your storage bowl through the dishwasher and then place the starter back in the cleaned bowl.
All of these items can be purchased directly from Amazon.
- La Cloche Bread Baker
- Dutch Whisk
- Food Scale
- Bread Proofing Basket
- Shower Caps (or cling wrap)
- Scoring Knife
- 1 cup
"fed" sourdough starter
- 1.5 cup
distilled, spring or filtered water
- 2 tsp
- 8 oz
King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 12 oz
King Arthur Bread Flour
- In a large glass bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
- With a Dutch whisk, combine until the dough roughly comes together. It will look dry and under mixed - no NOT knead at this point. Cover with plastic wrap (or a shower cap - see video) and allow the dough to sit in the bowl for 30 minutes. This is the autolyse state.
- Don’t forget to feed your starter: 1 cup all purpose flour + 1/2 to 3/4 cup water. *NOTE use less water for a more sour sourdough.
- Knead dough inside the bowl for 30 seconds. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to sit in bowl for another 30 minutes.
- Fold dough on itself 4-6 turns then place it back in bowl seam side up. Cover with plastic wrap (or shower cap) and allow the dough to sit in bowl for 30 minutes again.
- Repeat the step above 4 more times. On the last turn allow the bread to rest for 60 minutes covered on the counter.
- After 60 minutes, shape the dough one final time into a ball and move the dough to a well floured proofing bowl. Cover and let proof in the refrigerator over night.
- DAY TWO: Place a Cloche or Dutch oven on the bottom shelf of a cold oven and preheat the oven to 475°F with the Cloche inside.
- When the oven is at temp, remove the Cloche and using 1 tbsp of EVOO, oil the bottom of the Cloche using a paper towel.
- Place the bread in pot, seam side down and score the top of the dough with a sharp kitchen knife (or razor) so steam can escape while baking.
- Bake the bread for 20 minutes with the lid on. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.
- Enjoy immediately or allow to cool completely for several hours before covering and storing.
After whipping this up once or twice and feeding the start a few times you are going to feel like a pro! It’s only been a week since I started working with starter and it’s fascinating to learn the art and science of it….PLUS it’s really inspired me to get back into the kitchen and get creative.
Be sure to tag me & Shiloh on Instagram @jaclynjameshome + @wedrinkbubbles if you bake bread using this tutorial.
PS – another fun way to use your sourdough starter…WAFFLES!! These are incredible and pair perfectly for a chicken + waffles dinner. Click HERE for the waffle recipe here.
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