Baking & DIY

Beginner Recipe for Artisan Sourdough Bread

Hello lovelies! I am so excited to share this beginner recipe for artisan sourdough bread with you! This past summer, I took a bread baking class, and since then, I have been baking many sourdough loaves. Although I have not been baking sourdough bread for long, I thought I can share with you the process I go through to get these beautiful and delicious loafs! It is a long process, but trust me, it is worth it! This beginner sourdough bread recipe will make a gorgeous loaf that tastes so good. It makes for great toast with butter and berry jam. Or enjoy it by dipping it in your chicken-noodle soup! Overall, this artisan sourdough bread recipe is to-die-for, and I hope that you give it a try!

sourdough bread


In baking terms, hydration is the total amount of water (or liquid) divided by the total amount of flour. This dough is considered high hydration at 75% and is a wet dough. Doughs that are lower in hydration tend to be drier with smaller holes. They fall into the 50%-68% range.


  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) bubbly, active starter
  • 375 grams (1 1/2 cups plus 1 tbsp) warm water
  • 500 grams (4 cups plus 2 tbsp) bread flour
  • 9 grams (1 1/2 tsp) fine sea salt


Make the Bread Dough:

  • First, grab a large ceramic bowl
  • Get your measurement tools ready. It is best to have a scale, however it is not vital.
  • Begin by mixing the starter (a cultured special mixture of flour and water) and the lukewarm water together in the large bowl with a fork.
  • Then, add bread flower and salt. Mix to combine.
  • Finish by using hands to incorporate all the ingredients and to form a rough dough.

Bulk Rise:

  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and let it sit for 1 hour
  • Once the hour is up, prepare to stretch and fold the dough.
  • With lightly wet hands, grab a section of the dough and stretch it upward.
  • Fold the dough over toward the center of the bowl.
  • Give your bowl a one-quarter turn and repeat the stretching and folding process until you have come to a full circle, completing 4 folds.
  • Repeat this process 5 more times, in 30 minute increments.
  • Once you have stretched and folded your dough 6 times, cover your bowl with plastic wrap and let rise overnight (8-10 hours) at room temp.

Shape the Dough:

  • Time to shape your dough. In the morning, coax the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Then gently shape it into a round and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line your proofing basket with a towel and dust with flour.
  • Using a bench scraper, scoop up the dough and flip it over so the smooth side is facing down.
  • Shape it again, then flip it back over.
  • Use your hands and gently pull the dough towards you to tighten the shape. Place your dough into the lined, floured bowl, seam side up.

Second Rise in Fridge:

  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set in refrigerator for 1 hour to set its structure.
  • When the hour is up, Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and remove from fridge while the oven is heating up.

Score the Dough:

  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the size of your Dutch oven or baking pot.
  • Place the parchment over the dough and invert the bowl to release. Dust the surface with flour and rub gently with your hands to coat.
  • Using the tip of a razor blade or the tip of a sharp knife, score the dough with bird wings patter, or any pattern that you like.
  • Use the parchment paper to transfer the dough into the Dutch oven or baking pot.

Time to Bake:

  • Place the pot on to the center rack, and Reduce the heat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the dough for 20 minutes, covered.
  • Remove the lid, score your bread again, in the same spots, and continue to bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Once your bread is done baking, remove it from the baking pot and let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before slicing.


I hope you enjoyed this artisan sourdough bread recipe! If you have any questions or are willing to share how your bread turned out, please leave a comment on my blog! I would love to hear from you.

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Grace Sattelmaier

Grace Elizabeth is my name. I am a 20 year old girl, living in an old country farmhouse where, outside of my lavender walls, chickens roam, horses run, and tall oak trees wave in the wind. I live and love the cottage/shabby-chic lifestyle, enjoying each day one at a time. Some of my favorite things are flowers, animals, music, books, baking, and crafting. On my blog, I hope to inspire you to take pleasure in simple life and create your own path in a unique way. God created you to be creative! So, I encourage you to use your skills that your creator gave you, and use them to make the world a better place. Life is short, make it sweet.

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