Sourdough for Rookies

Actually, we’ve got essentially the most scrumptious put up for you right this moment. Katie, Lauryn and Michael’s Government Assistant is right here to share the sourdough recipe she bakes for the Bossticks WEEKLY. Lauryn is obsessed. Everyone seems to be.

Katie is such a whiz within the kitchen (and the workplace) and when you comply with her on IG or learn her weblog put up on peach habanero salsa, effectively, then you definitely already know this.


Sourdough for Rookies

Hello! You’ve seen my sourdough on Lauryn’s tales and on our Tiktok, however I’m right here to offer the total deets on the approach and recipe that I’m obsessive about.

It’s a reasonably first rate newbie recipe, however simply know it’s going to take some observe to excellent. Right here’s the unique recipe that I began with and persist with about 80% now that I’ve gotten snug with the method. My edits to this recipe are solely so as to add 100g of sourdough starter as a substitute of 50g, and up the bread flour to 520g to account for the additional starter. It additionally makes a barely bigger loaf too, which no one complains about lol. 

Earlier than we get any additional, let’s speak SOURDOUGH STARTER. That is the origin of your entire course of. You should buy a sourdough starter from lots of bread outlets or at a farmer’s market (The Sourdough Project in Austin is the place I received mine).

That is an energetic, dwelling, respiratory “pet” that can make your loaf bubbly, ethereal and have that distinct taste of sourdough that all of us love. It consists of water and all-purpose flour, that’s IT. To start out your individual starter, it takes many days of “feeding” which is including extra flour and water repeatedly till you see bubbles and plenty of enjoyable exercise – you’ll know once you see it. Right here’s the how-to on creating your individual and sustaining it so its ALIVE and ACTIVE to create the right sourdough loaf.

Subsequent necessary half is to deal with the vessel you select to bake your dough in. I’ve an excellent cute bougie dutch oven that my besties, Alston and Oscar, purchased me as a present. Utilizing a forged iron dutch oven permits for optimum heating above 400F levels and the flexibility to retain that warmth through the baking course of. A loaf must be steamed first, and this occurs by beginning it with the lid ON, then eradicating the lid to get that crunchy and golden brown crust you see on all of the prettiest sourdough loaves. You should utilize any type of deep dutch oven with a lid, here’s one other one which’s inexpensive as an excellent start line.

Baking is a science. I want I’d’ve paid extra consideration in chemistry to be sincere as a result of bread actually is all about the suitable ratios and temperatures of all of your substances and time to ferment and rise. I might get reaaaallly within the weeds with some nerdy bread details, however that is the best solution to clarify the method. You add a leavening agent (sourdough starter and even packets of yeast if you’re actually wanting a simple path to a loaf) to flour and water, season it with salt, let all of it acclimate to one another by time in a barely heat setting, and bake it. 

Earlier than we get into the step-by-step, listed here are another gadgets you may want when you fall in love with the method, however actually all you want is a dutch oven and a sourdough starter.

Food scale to measure in grams as a substitute of utilizing measuring cups

Bread razor to attain (lower) the dough earlier than baking

Bread baskets that don’t persist with the dough 

Parchment paper to make a simple journey out of your bowl to your dutch oven

Alright – you’ve received your supplies and your energetic sourdough starter, let’s get to creating some scrumptious sourdough.

*QUICK HACK* To rapidly be sure that your sourdough starter is able to rock, get a glass of water, take a small scoop of your starter, and plop it into the water. If if floats, you’re good to proceed. If it sinks, it’s essential preserve feeding your starter and do that take a look at once more later.


  1. Add 350g (about 1 ⅓ cups + 2 tablespoons) of water to an enormous bowl
  2. Add 100g (about 1/2 cup) of your energetic sourdough starter to the bowl with the water, stir till it dissolves. The water will likely be white and bubbly.
  3. Add 520g (about 4 cups + 3 tablespoons) of bread flour and 10g of sea salt (about 2 teaspoons) to the water/starter combination.
  4. Combine till a shaggy dough types right into a tough ball, and let it sit for 1 hour at room temp, coated with a kitchen towel.
  5. Take away the towel and start a sequence of stretch and folds (pulling one facet of the ball up, and fold it over the dough ball, quarter flip the bowl, repeat – till you’ve gone all the best way across the dough ball – about 4 folds whole). Cowl with a towel once more and let it sit for 30min at room temp.
  6. Repeat step 5, then let dough sit at room temp, coated with a towel, for 8-10 hours to do it’s bulk ferment.
  7. Dough ought to look barely greater and fluffier than once you noticed it final, woo! Dump it the wrong way up onto a floured floor and start to form it right into a spherical loaf. Pull the dough in direction of you from the underside to create a good “pores and skin” throughout the highest of the loaf. Do that about 10 occasions, or till the dough begins to carry its form.
  8. Place your dough onto a sheet of parchment paper, and pop it again into your bowl, coated with a towel, at room temp, for 1-2 hours.
  9. At in regards to the 1 hour mark, set your oven to 450F and place your dutch oven with lid into the oven to preheat as effectively. 
  10. When the oven reaches temp, CAREFULLY take away the VERY HOT dutch oven from the oven and onto a heat-protected floor. Make a slit within the high of the dough a couple of 1/2″ deep and throughout the size of your dough ball. Use the parchment paper to sling it from the bowl to the recent dutch oven. Return the lid to the dutch oven and CAREFULLY place it again within the oven for 20min.
  11. Take away the lid and proceed baking for 20-25min or till it’s golden brown and crackly. 
  12. Take away the entire dutch oven from the oven (VERY HOT BE CAREFUL PLEASE!) and let loaf cool for two hours, that is the toughest half lol.
  13. Slice & serve up with some grass-fed salted butter (the most effective IMO). You may retailer this in a bread field or wrapped in butcher paper for 3-5 days, when you haven’t devoured it faster than that. However I guess you’ll.

*You should definitely try the unique recipe for a more visual step by step guide when you want it.

Breadmaking is lots of trial and error. You’ll study the quirks of the method and develop your individual strategies, however belief the method right here and get your arms soiled with this recipe. I like it. Lauryn loves it, Zaza and Michael like it – who doesn’t love sourdough!? Attempt it and tag me in your loaf pics! @HANGRYHOBSON on Instagram. 

x Joyful Baking!


Tell us when you attempt it out. What’s higher than a heat peice of contemporary sourdough with an enormous slab of butter. Yum.

x, The Skinny Confidential workforce

+ try this put up for wholesome Mediterranean recipes.

++ make Lauryn’s Erewhon pink drink at dwelling.