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A Guide to Sourdough: 7-Day Sourdough Starter and Bread Recipe (Vegan, Egg Free)

This easy guide to sourdough starter will take you through the exact steps to follow to bake your first loaf of sourdough bread… no confusing steps, no pretentious language, super easy to follow!  You’re 7 days away from baking your first loaf with just flour and water.

There are tons of guides out there on how to make your own sourdough… but I found them all to be very complicated, crazy pretentious, and difficult to read for a beginner baker like myself.  I’m sure they are all amazing and produce fantastic loaves of bread… but I needed the basics. Then when I finally had my sourdough starter going, it took forever to find a decent recipe to use to bake my first loaf.  So voila – I present you with an EASY and UNPRETENTIOUS guide to  making your first loaf of sourdough.

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Sourdough Ingredients You Will Need:

 

DAY 1: Starting your Sourdough

Its an exciting day – the beginning!

  1. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  4. Name your sourdough starter.  Mine’s name is Joe Don Baker because I think we watched MST3K Mitchell episode that day and he is our favorite dough-y actor.
  5. Allow the starter to sit overnight.

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DAY 2:  The First Sourdough Feeding

This is how you ‘Feed’ the dough, you’ll be repeating these steps for the ext few days.  Make sure you feed around the same time of day, each day.

  1. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter. (See Recipes for Sourdough Starter for ideas on what to do with the discarded dough so it doens’t go to waste!)
  2. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  5. Allow the starter to sit overnight.

DAY 3: Feed Again

Same as yesterday!  Feed dough as normal.

  1. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter.
  2. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  5. Allow the starter to sit overnight.

DAY 4: Feed Again

Your Sourdough should become more stringy as the strands of gluten develop.  Little bubbles should appear on the top of the starter.  Feeding again, as normal.

  1. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter.
  2. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  5. Allow the starter to sit overnight.

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DAY 5: Feed Twice a Day Now

Your sourdough starter should be fed twice a day now.  I did mine about 12 hours apart, once in the morning and once at night.

  1. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter.
  2. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  5. Wait 12 hours
  6. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter.
  7. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  8. Stir well to combine.
  9. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  10. Allow the starter to sit overnight.

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DAY 6: Double Feeding Again

As with yesterday, feed the starter twice in a day, once in the morning and once at night.  The starter will have more bubbles when you open the lid to feed.  You’ll notice that it has a nice earthy slightly tangy smell as well.

  1. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter.
  2. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.Get your Dough Ready!
  5. Wait ~12 hours
  6. Place your starter on the scale, and discard all but 113 grams of the starter.
  7. In your large bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  8. Stir well to combine.
  9. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal.
  10. Allow the starter to sit overnight.

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DAY 7: Ready to Bake!

Yaaas, you’ve done it!  You’re ready to make your first loaf of sourdough bread.  I’m so proud of you.  Let’s bake!  This process can take a while as the bread needs to rise, so please read through the whole recipe before diving in.  I like to mix my dough at night, let it rise overnight, then do the second rise the next day.  Thay way you have a nice overnight loaf that can rise while you sleep.

Feed your sourdough starter as normal, and refrigerate.

  1. Place your starter on the scale, and remove 1 cup of sourdough starter, and place in a separate bowl to make the dough.
  2. In your starter bowl, measure out 113 grams flour, and 113 grams water.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Set the bowl on a cutting board, and loosely place the lid on the top of the bowl.  Make sure there is air flow going to the dough.   Don’t cover so it makes an airtight seal, and allow to rise for 4 hours.
  5. After the starter has been fed, seal the airtight lid on the dough, and refrigerate the starter.  Now you don’t have to do daily feedings, only once a week or whenever you bake bread.

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Mix the Sourdough

Your guide to sourdough is almost complete.  I like to do this step the night before, then bake the next morning as it required about 14 hours total to rise.  What you’ll need for baking: your sourdough starter, a dutch oven (or heavy lidded pot that can be put in the oven), and another large mixing bowl.

  1. To your 1 cup of starter, add 3 cups flour, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon salt.  Mix well to combine.
  2. On a floured cutting board, knead the sourdough for 10-15 minutes until the gluten begins to develop in the dough. Work it.
  3. Cover the bowl with a tea towel, and allow dough to rise for about 12 hours.
  4. Once the dough has risen, knead the dough again and set in a floured bowl (I use these lovely bamboo Banneton bowls which give the dough that nice swirl on top) for the second rise.  Coat top with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to keep tea towel from sticking.  Cover with tea towel, and allow dough to rise again for another 2 hours.
  5. TIME TO BAKE!  Preheat the oven to 450  degrees Fahrenheit.  Place the dutch oven in the oven while its heating up, so it is nice and hot when you are ready to add the dough.
  6. Once oven reaches 450, carefully remove the dutch oven, and place loaf of bread in the dutch oven.  Bake with thte dutch oven lid ON for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven lid and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the top becomes nice and brown.
  8. Carefully remove the pot from the oven, place bread on a cooling rack, and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy your first loaf!

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Troubleshooting Your Sourdough Starter

  • If your dough is too sticky and sticking to your hands or the spoon when you mix, add more flour to the batter.
  • If it’s a warm day, you can allow your sourdough starter to use in a cool dry place.
  • If it’s a cold day (for all you winter bakers out there), I like to preheat my oven for about 1 minute then turn it off, and let my dough rise in the warm oven.  I found this works best in the winter months when it’s chilly in my kitchen.

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Other Vegan Sourdough Recipes to Make With Starter Discard!

Vegan Sourdough Pancakes Recipe

Sourdough Garlic Naan Recipe (Vegan, Dairy Free, Egg Free)

Vegan Sourdough Muffins with Blueberries

Sourdough Bagels Recipe (Vegan)

Sourdough Starter Pizza Crust Recipe (Vegan, Dairy Free)

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Baking Bread with Your Sourdough Starter

Kelly Jensen
This easy bread recipe is perfect for making your first loaf of sourdough with your starter!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Rising Time 14 hrs
Total Time 15 hrs 10 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven, or heavy lidded pot that is oven safe

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • To your 1 cup of starter, add 3 cups flour, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon salt.  Mix well to combine.
  • On a floured cutting board, knead the sourdough for 10-15 minutes until the gluten begins to develop in the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel, and allow dough to rise for about 12 hours.
  • Once the dough has risen, knead the dough again and set in a floured bowl (or proofing bowl) for the second rise.  Allow dough to rise again for another 2 hours.
  • TIME TO BAKE!  Preheat the oven to 450  degrees Fahrenheit.  Place the dutch oven in the oven while its heating up, so it is nice and hot when you are ready to add the dough.
  • Once oven reaches 450, carefully remove the dutch oven, and place loaf of bread in the dutch oven.  Bake with thte dutch oven lid ON for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven lid and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes until the top becomes nice and brown.
  • Carefully remove the pot from the oven, place bread on a cooling rack, and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy your first loaf!
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