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Better-Than-Bakery No-Knead Sourdough

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This crusty, chewy, tangy bread can't be beat. You'll be shocked at how simple it is to create such a professional loaf at home. Glossy, crunchy crust. Resilient, airy crumb. Baking inside a Dutch oven (set in your kitchen oven) does an excellent job simulating the effects of a professional bread oven."
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15 h 25 m servings 33
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 round loaf)


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  1. Mix water and salt together in a very large bowl. Add sourdough starter and whisk vigorously to mix and aerate; stir in 3 cups bread flour until smooth. Stir in remaining 3 cups bread flour until dough is completely mixed.
  2. Cover bowl and set aside until dough is bubbly and increased in volume, 12 to 15 hours.
  3. Turn dough on to a well floured work surface using floured hands. Turn dough several times to cover with flour. Return dough to an oiled bowl and let rest until dough is doubled in size but not risen enough to collapse, 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Preheat an oven-safe, lidded Dutch oven (at least 8 quarts) in a 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove Dutch oven using oven mitts and sprinkle cornmeal into the bottom to prevent dough from sticking.
  6. Gently roll dough out of oiled bowl and into the Dutch oven; replace lid.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue baking until crust is lightly browned, about 15 minutes more. Carefully tip loaf out onto a cooking rack to cool completely.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The sourdough starter used in this recipe is based on the common formula of 1:2 water-to-flour. Information about establishing a sourdough starter is available online. 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast can be added to the recipe in case of chilly weather or if your starter happens to be of a lethargic disposition.
  • If the bubbles are popping in step 2, the dough has risen longer than necessary.
  • Substitute oats for cornmeal, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 33 calories; 0.1 6.4 1.4 < 1 491 Full nutrition

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So easy to make and a big hit with the family!

Used a sourdough starter recipe found on this site. Used organic whole wheat bread flour, otherwise followed the recipe as written. I had never made bread before and voila!

Delicious loaf of easy to make sourdough. I can't wait for my baby starter to mature, it's not yet a month old, but yum!

Pretty much the same as the no knead artisan bread but with sourdough starter. Excellent bread!

crusty delicious bread with excellent inside crumb. easy to make.

I was skeptical, having prior to this kneaded thoroughly and let my bread go through two 12-hour (or more) cycles of rising. I was using the "window pane test" and everything, but my whole wheat...

I cut this back by half as I didn't have a pot large enough for the whole recipe but otherwise made as written. Mine was a little dense but that may have been my starter. Thanks for sharing. I f...

I am a bread making beginner, and it took me a couple tries to get this bread to work out fine, but once it did, oh boy, it was so worth it. Better than any store-bought.