Sourdough Bread Recipes

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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 starterSourdough Starter Recipes

Sourdough starters, also known as “wild yeast”, are used instead of commercial yeast in sourdough breads.


66 Percent Sourdough Rye66 Percent Sourdough Rye Bread

As the name suggests, this Sourdough Rye Bread is made with 66 percent rye flour.


Sourdough PancakesAlaskan Sourdough Pancakes

These pancakes are made using an overnight sourdough starter.


No image availableBasic Sourdough Bread (bread machine)

A simple starter gives this basic sourdough bread its tangy flavor and chewy texture.


Black BreadBlack Bread

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


Blooming Onion BreadBlooming Onion Bread

Blooming Onion Bread is made with sourdough bread, cheese and green onions and poppy seeds.


No image availableClassic Sourdough Bread

This is a classic sourdough bread that utilizes a sourdough starter.


Classic Sourdough BreadClassic Sourdough Bread

Step-by-step instructions for making classic sourdough bread.


Sourdough BreadClassic Sourdough Bread (Baked in La Cloche)

This sourdough bread is made using the method outlined in Classic Sourdoughs.


Five Grain Rye SourdoughFive 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 LevainFive 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 BreadGerman Sourdough Rye Bread

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


Rye Bread Machine BreadHoney & 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.


HutzelbrotHutzelbrot 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 BreadLight Rye Sourdough

This rye bread is made with a sourdough pre-ferment of medium rye flour, water and a mature sourdough starter.


Seeded Rye LoafSeeded 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 SourdoughSemolina Sourdough

This semolina bread is made with a sourdough starter (liquid levain) which gives it a little bit of a tangy flavor.


Sourdough BagelsSourdough Bagels

These bagels are made with very simple ingredients: sourdough starter, bread flour, salt, water, yeast and malt.


No image availableSourdough 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 PotSourdough 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 StarterSourdough 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 PretzelsSourdough 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 WalnutsSourdough 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 BreadSourdough 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 StrataSourdough Strata with Tomatoes and Greens

This strata is made with Sourdough Rye Bread, tomatoes, spinach, and herbs.


No image availableSourdough Waffles

These waffles are crisp, feathery light, and have a delightful, mild tang.


Vanocka Christmas BraidVanocka Christmas Bread

Vanocka (pronounced Van-otch-kah) is a beautifully shaped Czech Christmas Braid filled with candied fruits and nuts.


Vermont SourdoughVermont 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 availableWhole Wheat Sourdough Bread

This dough can be used either to make loaves or to shape into sandwich or dinner rolls.


Whole Wheat and Rye SourdoughWhole 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 BreadWhole Wheat Sourdough Loaves

Whole wheat bread using a whole wheat sourdough starter.


Whole Wheat Bread in Clay PotWhole 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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What Other Visitors Have Said

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Yeast-raised Waffles Not rated yet
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. …

Whole Wheat Sourdough Starter Not rated yet
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… …

Leader, Daniel. Local Breads. 2007 W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Reinhart, Peter. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. 2001 Ten Speed Press.

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