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the perfect loaf beginners sourdough crust

Beginner’s Sourdough Bread Recipe

  • Prep Time: 23 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 2 loaves
  • Category: Bread


The perfect bread to get started baking sourdough bread at home. This crusty, crunchy, and absolutely delicious loaf of bread is perfect for any lunch or dinner table.


  • 811 grams bread flour
  • 152 grams whole wheat flour
  • 51 grams whole rye flour
  • 730 grams water
  • 18 grams salt
  • 38 grams sourdough starter


  1. Levain (8:00 a.m.)
    In a small container, mix the following and keep at 77°F (25°C) for 5-6 hours.

    38 grams stoneground whole wheat flour
    38 grams bread flour
    76 grams water
    38 grams ripe sourdough starter

  2. Autolyse (12:00 p.m)
    In a medium mixing bowl, add the following and mix until no dry bits remain. Cover the bowl and let rest for 1 hour.

    773 grams bread flour
    114 grams stoneground whole wheat flour
    51 grams whole grain rye flour
    603 grams water

  3. Mix (1:00 p.m.)

    To the mixing bowl holding your dough, add:

    50 grams reserved water
    18 grams fine sea salt
    190 grams ripe levain (from step 1)

    Transfer your dough to a bulk fermentation container and cover.

  4. Bulk Fermentation (1:10 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.)

    Give the dough 3 sets of stretch and folds at 30-minute intervals, where the first set starts 30 minutes after the start of bulk fermentation.

  5. Divide and Preshape (5:10 p.m.)
    Lightly flour your work surface and scrape out your dough. Using your bench knife, divide the dough in half. Lightly shape each half into a round shape. Let the dough rest for 25 minutes, uncovered.
  6. Shape (5:35 p.m.)
    Shape the dough into a round (boule) or oval (batard)—place in proofing baskets.
  7. Rest and Proof (5:40 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. the next day)
    Cover proofing baskets with reusable plastic and seal shut. Let sit out on the counter for 20 minutes. Then, place both baskets into the refrigerator and proof overnight.
  8. Bake (Preheat oven at 8:30 a.m., bake at 9:30 a.m.)
    Preheat your oven with a combo cooker or Dutch oven inside to 450°F (230°C).

    When the oven is preheated, remove your dough from the fridge, score it, and transfer to the preheated combo cooker. Place the cooker in the oven, cover with the lid, and bake for 20 minutes. After this time, remove the lid (you can keep it in the oven or remove it) and continue to bake for 30 minutes longer. When done, the internal temperature should be around 208°F (97°C).

    Let the loaves cool for 2 hours on a wire rack before slicing.


While the recipe calls for 16 hours of total proof time, you could extend this time and bake the loaves in the morning, afternoon, or even the evening on day two. Leave the proofing dough in the fridge until ready to bake.

Keywords: Sourdough, Bread, Baking, Beginner Sourdough Bread