San Francisco Sourdough Bread


This San Francisco sourdough recipe makes two loaves. Use a good sourdough starter, one you have tended to, for the best flavor.

Sour dough bread
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 55 mins
2 loaves


  • 4 ¾ cups bread flour, or more as needed

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm milk

  • 2 tablespoons margarine, softened

  • 1 ½ cups sourdough starter

  • 1 extra large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • ¼ cup chopped onion


  1. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Add warm milk and margarine. Stir in starter. Mix in remaining 3 3/4 cups flour gradually; you may need to add more flour depending on the climate.

  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Place dough into a greased bowl, turn once to oil surface, and cover. Allow to rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down dough; cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Divide dough in half and shape into 2 loaves. Place loaves on a greased baking pan. Allow to rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)

  5. Stir together egg and water in a small bowl until well combined. Brush over the tops of loaves, then sprinkle with onion.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until loaves are golden brown and cooked through, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a loaf should read 190 degrees F (88 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

150 Calories
2g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 230mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 70mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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