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Sourdough Baking Guides

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The following roundup of sourdough baking guides here at The Perfect Loaf will help you navigate the waters of baking sourdough bread and sourdough pizza at home. Start with the Beginner Baking Guides up top and work your way down as you become familiar with each topic.

Of course, it all begins with your sourdough starter. Be sure to visit the Sourdough Starter Guides section below first to create your sourdough starter from scratch, learn how to maintain it, and, if necessary, store it when not in use.

Sourdough Bread Baker's Handbook

Sourdough Bread Baker's Handbook

My 100+ page eBook has tips on all 8 steps of the sourdough bread-making process, guides, and a recipe for making open-crumb sourdough bread, plus downloadable and editable spreadsheets for creating your own bread formulas.

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Beginner Bread Baking Guides

It all begins here. The first step is to make a sourdough starter, read guides on baking in a Dutch oven or home oven, and tips on why temperatures are so important.

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Sourdough Starter Guides

A sourdough starter is a stable mixture of suitable bacteria and wild yeasts. By regularly feeding (refreshing) a starter, we “train” the culture to produce desired flavors and have sufficient strength for leavening dough.

See all my sourdough starter guides →

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Bread Dough Shaping Guides

Shaping dough is technically challenging and one of the most enjoyable parts of the baking process. While there are many ways to form dough into various shapes, these are my preferred methods for shaping everything.

See all my bread dough shaping guides →

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Bread Baking Schedule Guides

Most home bakers tend to revolve their baking around their time off; this usually means baking on the weekend. While my guide to a weekend baking schedule focuses on this, it's possible to shift this schedule to bake on any day of the week. Just adjust the schedule to suit. We all lead busy lives, but we can work baking into even the busiest schedules with a few handy tips.

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Guides to Other Bread Baking Techniques

Baking with sourdough isn't limited to baking large, crunchy loaves of bread. The following guides are handy techniques to bring another dimension to your baking.

Sourdough Bread Baking Flour Guide

Flour Guides

Baking with sourdough isn't limited to baking large, crunchy loaves of bread. The following guides are handy techniques to bring another dimension to your baking.

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Baking Tools and Equipment Guides

Sometimes having the right tools can make all the difference, especially for a home baker when the kitchen environment changes drastically daily. The following guides help improve your baking environment to increase consistency.

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Sourdough Pizza and Flatbread Guides

Pizza, especially sourdough pizza, ranks with some of my favorite foods. I find naturally leavened, long-fermented pizza dough has added flavor, a more tender texture, and increased nutritional content. The following guides will help you cook the best pizza in your home kitchen.

Read through my ultimate guide to all things sourdough pizza dough →


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  2. A round loaf.

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