Sourdough Bread Recipes

Make sourdough bread from a homemade sourdough starter. See what top-rated recipes work best.

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Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter

Rating: 5 stars
This is a step-by-step guide on how to begin a gluten-free sourdough starter without yeast. The amounts here are for getting the mother dough started. You will need to keep extra flour mix on-hand to continue feeding as long as you want to keep the starter. Once it begins to have a sponge-like consistency, it is ready to use and should be kept in the fridge or else it will grow wild all over the counter. Add a bit of the starter in your favorite recipes calling for yeast or baking powder for a unique flavor and texture.

Chef John's Sourdough Bread

Rating: 4.62 stars
Making your own sourdough bread does take a while, but the amount of actual work is minimal--and the bread you'll get is spectacular! See the footnote link to how to make the sourdough starter.

Ekmek Turkish Bread

Rating: 4.61 stars
Ekmek is a light and slightly sour flatbread that tastes wonderful with Havarti cheese. It uses a starter which ferments for 4 days. I recommend using a pizza stone to bake the loaves on. If you've no pizza stone, cookie sheets will work also. The recipe seems complicated, but it's a lot easier than it appears.

Sourdough Rosemary Crackers

Rating: 4.8 stars
If you love making your own sourdough bread, don't toss out the discard every time you feed and refresh your starter. Turn this flavorful, but unused, product into amazingly delicious (and amazingly easy to make) homemade crackers. With just the right amount of crunch and flavor, you won't be able to stop snacking. Fully cooled crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

French Country Bread

Rating: 4.42 stars
A simple European-style country bread. Just enough whole wheat to give it some flavor but not so much that it's heavy. I use an overnight starter to give it extra flavor.

Sourdough Scones

Rating: 4.57 stars
While trying to use up some excess sourdough starter, I developed this recipe. The scones come out really tender and moist and my kids love the cinnamon-y taste from the apple pie spice.

Amish Friendship Bread I

Rating: 4.28 stars
A sweet cinnamon bread that requires a batch of Amish Friendship Bread Starter. For variations, add your favorite fruits and/or nuts!

Sourdough Starter

Rating: 4.33 stars
Make your starter in a glass container and store in the refrigerator after fermentation has occurred.

No-Knead Artisan Style Bread

Rating: 4.49 stars
This is a very easy bread to make without any kneading. Bake in a Dutch oven or heavy casserole dish. The bread comes out very crusty and with huge holes throughout, just like at the bakery.

Amish Friendship Chocolate Bread

Rating: 4.4 stars
This is a great variation to the traditional Amish Friendship Bread. My family says it's like eating chocolate cake. This bread freezes well and makes a great gift.

San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Rating: 4.59 stars
Use a good sourdough starter, one you have tended to, for best flavor.

Herman Sourdough Starter

Rating: 4.35 stars
This is a recipe for a sweet sourdough starter known as Herman. There are a number of things that can be made from it. It's very important to NOT use metal utensils or bowls! It will take 15 days for the starter to mature and be ready to use the first time you make it. After that it can be ready for use every 10 days.

Inspiration and Ideas

How To Make Sourdough Bread

Tangy, chewy sourdough bread is a lot easier to make than you think. Plus, it's a great project when you have time on your hands…and no yeast handy.

All About Sourdough Starters

Learn how to make sourdough starter and keep it going strong.

Sourdough Rye

Rating: 3.97 stars

This bread takes a bit of time, but your effort is repaid with two chewy, flavorful loaves.