Sourdough Bread Recipe

Easy rustic sourdough bread with a mild tang, crisp crust, and soft interior.

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 152 kcal


  • 3/4 cup sourdough start (ripe and active)
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (non-chlorinated)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached, all purpose flour


  1. Whisk together starter and water in a large mixing bowl. Add honey, salt, and about 2 cups of the flour. Stir together till smooth; let rest for 15-30 minutes.

  2. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead a few times.

  3. Place dough in a large bowl that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover and let rise and ferment for at least 6-8 hours, or up to 24 hours.

  4. On a floured countertop, form the dough into a round loaf and place it on a greased cookie sheet. Let it rise till doubled, usually one to two hours. Cut slits across the top.

  5. While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 425°. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. If you like a darker crust, you can cook it longer. If desired, brush melted butter over the top of the bread.

  6. Let bread cool on a cooling rack. It slices best if allowed to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Sourdough Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 293mg13%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.