Starter-Along Sourdough Bread Recipe | Bread Baking

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Donna Currie

If you've been following along with the Starter-Along series on Slice, you have a starter at 100 percent hydration in a jar, and you've harvested 4 ounces of that starter around Day 9.

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by hand-kneading » in stand mixer »

At that point, we added 2 ounces of bread flour and 1 ounce of water and let the mixture sit, covered, at room temperature overnight. We'll call that our prepared starter.

Now, it's time to do something with that starter we harvested.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Proof: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 55 mins
Serves: 10 to 12 servings

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  • All of the prepared starter

  • 8 ounces flour

  • 4 ounces water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Put the prepared starter, flour, and water into the bowl of your stand mixer. (You can also do this by hand—it doesn't require a lot of kneading.) If you're using a stand mixer, knead with the dough hook until the mixture becomes elastic, just a few minutes, then add the salt and oil and knead until combined. Turn dough out onto your work surface and knead by hand until the mixture is elastic.

  2. You have your choice of baking today or tomorrow. If you want to give this an overnight rest, drizzle the dough with olive oil and put it into a plastic bag. Let it rest in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove from the refrigerator, give it a little massage in the bag, and let it come up to room temperature, about 2 hours, then continue with step 4.

  3. To bake today, form the dough into a ball, drizzle with olive oil, and place it into a bowl to rise until doubled, 2 to 3 hours.

  4. Remove the dough from the bowl (or plastic bag) and gently form it into your desired shape. Place it seam-side down on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  5. When the loaf has fully risen, slash the top and bake at 350°F until the crust is golden, about 40 minutes. Let it cool completely on a rack before slicing.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
108 Calories
1g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 40mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)