Sourdough Bread

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 35 min.


2 loaves (16 pieces each)

Updated: Nov. 22, 2022
This no-knead sourdough bread is delicious. It has a crisp crust and distinctive sourdough flavor from the "starter" yeast mixture you stir up in advance. I was surprised at how easy it is! —Evelyn Gebhardt, Kasilof, Alaska
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  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°), divided
  • 7 to 8 cups bread flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Cornmeal


  1. In a 4-qt. nonmetallic bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups warm water; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups flour until smooth. Cover loosely with a clean towel. Let stand in a warm place (80°- 90°) to ferment for 48 hours; do not stir. (The mixture will become bubbly and rise, have a "yeasty" sour aroma and change color from transparent yellow to gray over the course of 48 hours.)
  2. Stir in milk powder, butter, sugar, salt, remaining water and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. (Do not knead.) Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Heavily grease baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal. Gently punch dough down. Turn onto a well-floured surface; divide in half. (If baking loaves one at a time, cover and refrigerate half of dough. Proceed with shaping and second rise when oven is ready so shaped loaf can be baked immediately after the second rise.)
  4. With floured hands, gently move the dough in a circular motion. Use friction from the counter to stretch the surface and create a smooth top and round loaf. Quickly and gently transfer to prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.
  5. With a sharp knife, make 3 diagonal slashes across tops of loaves. Immediately bake 10 minutes. Gently brush or spray loaves with cold water; bake 25-35 minutes longer or until golden brown.
Editor’s Note: Dough may also be shaped into 24 rolls instead of loaves. Bake for 10 minutes, then 20-25 minutes after brushing with water.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 120 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 157mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.