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Sourdough Bread in a pan

Sourdough Bread Recipe

This easy sourdough bread recipe is as foolproof as it gets. From start to finish, you'll learn everything you need to know to make bakery-worthy loaves.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread recipe, sourdough bread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 161kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


  • 1/3 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 1/3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/8 cups bread flour


  • In a large bowl, whisk the water and sourdough starter together. Add in the salt and whisk again.
    Liquid in a bowl with starter
  • Stir in the flour (the dough will look very dry and that's totally fine). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside at room temperature to rest for 30 minutes.
    All sourdough ingredients in a bowl
  • After the sourdough rises, fold the sides of the dough over into the center to form a ball. Cover the bowl again and let the dough sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours. After the dough rises, it should appear wet and bubbly.
    Dough combined together in a bowl
  • Flour your work surface generously. Place the dough on the counter and stretch it into a large, rectangular shape. Fold it over until it turns into a small ball of dough.
    Folding od sour dough bread
  • To finish shaping the dough, push in the bottom of the ball with your fingers while shaping it with your other hand into a perfectly round ball. Turn it several times in a circular motion to work out any bumps or blemishes.
    Hands holding the dough to shape
  • Place the dough into a dough basket with the seam side up. Cover the basket with a towel and let the bread rest for 45 minutes at room temperature or for a few hours in the fridge.
    Dough in a proofing basket
  • Place the Dutch oven inside of the oven and preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Place the dough ball on parchment paper with the seam side down. Score the top as you please.
    Scored bread on a parchment paper
  • Place the bread inside the Dutch oven. Bake it for 30 minutes with the lid closed. Remove the lid and bake the bread for an additional 20 minutes. Let the bread rest for a bit before slicing into it and enjoy!
    Sourdough Bread in a pan


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg