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Sourdough Bread Recipes

Sourdough gets its name from the acids that build up in the culture during fermentation. This type of bread isn't necessarily sour tasting. When mixed with other ingredients to form the dough, the sourdough flavor is tempered by the other flavors it brings out.


Sourdough Bread


Before commercial yeast was invented at the end of the nineteenth century, all bread was raised with "wild yeast" captured and cultivated in a simple mixture of flour and water. This sourdough mixture was used for at least two thousand years to make bread.

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sourdough starter Sourdough Starter Recipes Sourdough starters, also known as "wild yeast", are used instead of commercial yeast in sourdough breads.
66 Percent Sourdough Rye 66 Percent Sourdough Rye Bread - As the name suggests, this Sourdough Rye Bread is made with 66 percent rye flour.
Sourdough Pancakes Alaskan Sourdough Pancakes - These pancakes are made using an overnight sourdough starter.
No image available Basic Sourdough Bread (bread machine) - A simple starter gives this basic sourdough bread its tangy flavor and chewy texture.
Black Bread

Black Bread - This is an interesting bread made with sourdough and old bread soaked in boiling water and coffee grounds.

Blooming Onion Bread Blooming Onion Bread - Blooming Onion Bread is made with sourdough bread, cheese and green onions and poppy seeds.
No image available Classic Sourdough Bread - This is a classic sourdough bread that utilizes a sourdough starter.
Classic Sourdough Bread Classic Sourdough Bread Step-by-step instructions for making classic sourdough bread.
Sourdough Bread Classic Sourdough Bread (Baked in La Cloche) - This sourdough bread is made using the method outlined in Classic Sourdoughs.
Five Grain Rye Sourdough Five Grain Rye Sourdough - This Five Grain Sourdough Bread is made with a rye sourdough and a multigrain soaker which gives it a delicious whole-grain flavor.
Five Grain Spelt Levain

Five Grain Spelt Levain - A delicious and chewy loaf made with spelt flour and a mixture of flax seeds, sesame seeds, oats and rye flakes.

German Sourdough Rye Bread

German Sourdough Rye Bread - Sourdough Rye made with a blend of rye and wheat flours and utilizing a long fermentation process.

Rye Bread Machine Bread Honey & Beer Rye Bread (Bread Machine) - This bread is made with a rye starter that sits for a few days in the bread machine. Letting the sourdough starter develop over three days enhances the flavor of the bread.
Hutzelbrot Hutzelbrot with Dried Fruit - Hutzelbrot is a dense, freestanding bread containing dried fruit, but no sugar. This version utilizes a mash of wheat and rye flours and an altus made with bread cubes.
Light Rye Sourdough Bread Light Rye Sourdough - This rye bread is made with a sourdough pre-ferment of medium rye flour, water and a mature sourdough starter.
Seeded Rye Loaf

Seeded Rye Loaf - This Seeded Rye Loaf has tangy undertones due to the rye levain. The seeds in the dough and on the crust provide a unique texture and flavor.

Semolina Sourdough Semolina Sourdough - This semolina bread is made with a sourdough starter (liquid levain) which gives it a little bit of a tangy flavor.
Sourdough Bagels Sourdough Bagels - These bagels are made with very simple ingredients: sourdough starter, bread flour, salt, water, yeast and malt.
No image available Sourdough Bread - This sourdough bread will stay fresh longer than most loaves you'll make, due to both the olive oil, and the sourdough starter
No Knead Sourdough Bread in Pot Sourdough Bread in Pot - This bread is made using a very scientific, yet uncomplicated approach to making sourdough bread.




Grape Starter Sourdough Bread This sourdough bread is made in the bread machine and utilizes a natural leaven made from grapes.
Sourdough Starter Sourdough Bread (bread machine) This bread is made in the bread machine and utilizes a sourdough starter made from the recipe from Boudin Bakery in San Francisco.
Sourdough Multigrain Bread with overnight soaker and the ancient grains Spelt & Einkorn.
Sourdough Pretzels Sourdough Pretzels - These pretzels are a good excuse to use up a cup of sourdough when it's time to feed your starter.
Sourdough Rye with Raisins and Walnuts Sourdough Rye with Raisins and Walnuts - This Sourdough Rye with Raisins and Walnuts is very light in texture. The raisins and walnuts give it a wonderful flavor.
Sourdough Seed Bread Sourdough Seed Bread This naturally leavened bread is made with a liquid levain, and a flaxseed soaker. The flax seeds provide taste, color and nutrition and toasted sunflower and sesame seeds provide a nutty flavor.
Sourdough Strata Sourdough Strata with Tomatoes and Greens This strata is made with Sourdough Rye Bread, tomatoes, spinach, and herbs.
No image available Sourdough Waffles These waffles are crisp, feathery light, and have a delightful, mild tang.
Vanocka Christmas Braid Vanocka Christmas Bread - Vanocka (pronounced Van-otch-kah) is a beautifully shaped Czech Christmas Braid filled with candied fruits and nuts.
Vermont Sourdough Vermont Sourdough - This is a pure sourdough in that it has no added dry yeast - just wild yeast. The formula allows you to adjust the fermentation time based on how tangy you want the finished bread.
No image available Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread - This dough can be used either to make loaves or to shape into sandwich or dinner rolls.
Whole Wheat and Rye Sourdough Whole Wheat and Rye Sourdough - The whole wheat flour enhances the flavor of this bread and when it’s combined with the rye sourdough, provides good moisture retention as well as good keeping quality.
Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread Whole Wheat Sourdough Loaves - Whole wheat bread using a whole wheat sourdough starter.
Whole Wheat Bread in Clay Pot

Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread (using a wild starter)

This is a basic, versatile whole wheat loaf that can be made into many shapes and can be made with either a biga or wild yeast starter.

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I suspect this recipe gets you to much the same place as your Sourdough Waffles recipe does but it's a little easier and doesn't have the sourdough tang. …

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I have tried and failed repeatedly to make a nice loaf of whole wheat sourdough bread without resorting to mixing in white flour or commercial yeast... …

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