Artisan Sourdough Bread Recipe

Artisan Sourdough Bread Recipe – The easiest way to amazing bread

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  1. Christof Reply

    Love your content – I’ve been waiting for this updated recipe! 🙂

    Can I half the amounts in the recipe to only make one loaf of bread?

    Also I’ve always had trouble with my dough being too wet (with various recipes from the internet…) and not holding shape right from the very beginning. Might this be because my flour has a lower protein content (10 %) than recommended? Or should I knead it a little bit at the beginning to help it getting startet?

    • Wonderful <3

      You can use half of the amounts to make one bread.

      I’d recommend changing the hydration to a lower number. Maybe 65% or even 60%.

  2. QuentinB Reply

    Thanks for the tips Sune! Should I take my dough out of the fridge to rise to room temperature before putting in the oven? Or do I wait until after the oven is full heated for an hour, and then take the dough out of the fridge, then right into the oven?

    • I heat the oven. When it’s hot I take out the bread, score it and in the over in under 30 seconds 🙂

  3. Stefanie Reply

    When I score my loaf, I can see the bread deflating…..
    And, your loaf looks so much more firm than mine are, allowing you to score them more formally. Any idea what I am doing wrong? I followed the recipe exactly and was pleased with its progress. They also did not rise as much as yours in the fridge.

    • It sounds like you may have over proofed the dough before you shaped it. How did you measure the growth?

  4. Esmae Reply

    I’ve been looking for comprehensive instructions and recipe for friends I’m giving starter to. This article is so useful. Thanks Sune from New Zealand in the Spring!

  5. Cat Reply

    I am preparing to make my first sourdough loaf! When you say to feed the starter 1:3:3, are you saying that because the starter will sit overnight? If so, and I am planning to start my dough during the day, can I feed my starter 1:1:1 and use it when it peaks (around 4 hrs)? Thanks and love your videos!

    • I will usually find the proportion so that my starter will peak around when I plan to bake. So feed at night, get up at 5am and make dough. You don’t need to be super fussy about it.

  6. Jose Gallegos Reply

    Hi Sune! Great videos. Thank you for all the effort, after watching your videos I was finally able to achieve a sourdough bread that I could send pictures to my friends! LOL
    I have to say that my bread came out better with your previous recipe, not sure what happen there. Maybe the room temperature affected the stretch and fold process because it is getting colder here.

    Question, any idea on how to achieve a less hard bottom of the loaf? It makes it difficult to cut and eat sometimes.

    • It’s hard to tell without more information 🙂

      To get a less hard bottom you need to even out the heat. I like to use a baking steel for that 🙂

  7. Dave Reply

    Hi Sune, I’m really enjoying your youtube videos. Quick question – your recipe totals don’t seem to add up to 2 x 700 gram loaves. Am I missing something?

    Thanks,
    Dave

    • You have to be a little more specific. What numbers are you adding? Because all the numbers I add turn into 1400 🙂

  8. Looking forward to bake this bread tomorrow.
    I had trouble shaping it though, it was really hard to get it firm/tight. What could I have done wrong?
    Another thing I am struggling with is that my bread often get very hard, the crust is just too thick after baking. 🤔
    I bake it on a baking steel with lid on first half and lid off second half.

    • It sounds like you may have over proofed it.

      Try and leave the lid on the entire time 🙂

  9. Cat Reply

    Just curious if you think it’s okay to leave in the fridge for >48 hours? I had one in the fridge for over 72 hrs (though it had higher hydration than your recipe) and it came out very tasty, so was thinking of trying another long proof. Just wondering if you would caution against it for some reason? Thanks again!

  10. Josh H Reply

    This is great! I noticed that you autolyse in the original recipe, but you skip that in this recipe. Why is that? Is it because the autolyse isn’t helpful at all in this recipe, or just because the benefit is small enough not to justify the extra work? Are there certain types of recipes where you think autolysis is more helpful? Perhaps higher-hydration recipes?

    • Autolyse is more helpful in yeasted recipe where fermentation is fast. Sourdough bread is left alone so long that the gluten can develop with the starter mixed in, that is unless you are fermenting somewhere warm 🙂

  11. Sandra Reply

    Hi Sune….Just wanted to point out that in the video of this recipe, you SAY 539g of flour, yet this recipe states 593g. Which is correct please?

    • 593g is correct as it also states on the pinned comment on the video. With 539g the hydration will be around 75% which won’t be horrible 🙂

  12. Kim Reply

    Straight out of the fridge and into the hot oven? No rise in the room between?

  13. Joy Reply

    Making this for the first time, straying from my usual Lemon Blueberry foolproof loaf of yours! It seems quite wet & hard to handle though I will keep trying. I added some Parm cheese at 2nd stretch – am now going to leave for bulk fermentation. Is it supposed to feel so sticky? Thanks – will update tomorrow.

  14. Spenc Reply

    Is your oven a convection oven or standard?

    • Both. I can choose and fan and non-fan mode.

      I use fan when I bake in a dutch oven and non-fan when I generate steam myself.

  15. Lisa Reply

    I just made this recipe, and it turned out looking exactly like yours! Everything went just the way the recipe and video said. I even like the smaller size of the boules. This recipe will replace the one I’d been using for a couple years. Thanks! The videos are very helpful.

  16. Josh Reply

    Hello Sune, and thanks so much for all the great info and recipes.

    I feed my starter at 1:1 periodically (50% water, 25% White AP, 25% Wheat) and that seems to keep it healthy and happy. Would it be advisable to just use my fed and peaking (2x or more) starter, and skip the 1:3:3 feeding step? How would I change the amounts if I do this?

    Thanks!

    Josh

  17. Sherif Shehata Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. Is there a reason why you are preparing 210 gm of starter, but only using 148?

    • Just to make sure there’s enough. Feel free to mix less.

  18. Lukas Reply

    Hello Sune,
    thank you very much for your recipes!

    I made my sourdough-starter and baked a few breads. They keep getting better and better!
    For now I am using a normal bowl, lined with a kitchen towel instead of bannetons, but they will follow soon.

    Do you have an alternative way to make an awesome Bread without having a strict schedule on multiple days?
    I have to work in an office and cannot do all the mixing and strech&folds in the morning after feeding the starter.

  19. Gal Brill Reply

    I absolutely love this recipe. It comes out great everytime. I have it written on a note on the fridge for easy access.

  20. Peter Hosfeld Reply

    Hei Sune! I’ve been following you for a while, excellent work and advice all over! This is a really good recipe, a bit low in hydration but it makes for a fantastically strong dough. I get a lot of oven spring, yet the holes are overall pretty small, similar to yours. The dough is airy, but no nice big alveolas. Is this due to the rye, or the low hydration you think? I bulk ferment to almost 50%, but still… Mange takk!

    • It’s probably because of either your flour or you are not handling the bread carefully enough during shaping 🙂

  21. Caro Reply

    Hi, in your other post you explain why you should never add the salt and starter before you’ve let the flour and water autolyse. But in this recipe you’re adding everything at once – which one is correct?

    • If you read the article it says that this recipe is the result of over 30 experiments that shows what works and what doesn’t work.

      Both recipes are correct, but this one is easier and it works as well for the results 🙂

  22. Irene Reply

    Hi Sune. Love your video’s on you-tube. My question: why retard in fridge? Some recipies on the net are without fridge and baked directly after proofing. Your little buns are also without retarding in fridge. Sorry if somebody else already asked the same but I couldn’t find it on your site and for weeks I searche for an answer. Taste? Thicker skin for crispyness? Ovenspring?
    I usually bake in a claypot. After proofing about 25 up to 40%. (so no retarding in fridge). I moisten the lid of the pot just a little with water and put the pot in a cold oven, heat up to 240 C for about 45 to 60 min.
    Remove the lid and turn oven back to 200 C for another 10-15 min. Good results. I read about the cold oven somewhere on the net but don’t understand how the ovenspring actualy succeeded. Something with slow up going temperature maybe? Any ideas? Have you ever baked in a claypot? Thank you in advance for replying.

    • It’s for the taste. The taste develops much more when you prolong the fermentation, but you can absolutely bake after shaping. You need to add a final proof until the dough passes the poke test.

  23. Isaac Rousso Reply

    Hey Sune! Thank you for this! I appreciate you and your work!

    I’m wondering why is there a difference between the precent rise needed in this recipe during bulk fermentation, which is 25%
    and the precent needed in the “yeasted artisan bread recipe”: https://foodgeek.dk/en/yeasted-artisan-bread-recipe/
    which is 100% ?

    If I take the same base recipe and change the yeast to sourdough starter (adjusting flour/water quantities in order to keeping the hydration level the same), should I let the dough raise less in volume? (25% instead of 100%?) What’s the logic behind that? if in both cases, in both recipes, after the room temperature bulk fermentation, both doughs (yeasted version and sourdough starter version) go into the fridge for a cold retard?

    I’ve been having issues with under fermentation/under proofing with my sourdough bread, while my yeasted bread turns out perfect. Help!

    • Commercial yeast is so much more powerful than a sourdough starter. There’s enough power to rise twice to 100%, where as the starter only has so much more power and need to be managed carefully 🙂

  24. Josh Reply

    Hey Sune!

    If I wanted to use a stand mixer instead of stretch and fold, would you still wait an hour after the initial mix or just jump strait into kneading with the dough hook?

    Thanks!
    Josh

  25. Tina Reply

    When you refer to “rice flour” in the recipe actually, are you referring to “rye flour”, or do I need to use rice flour as well? Thank you! So excited about this revipe!

  26. Penny Reply

    Hi. I plan on making this bread to tomorrow using my Dutch oven. I note that you refer to 260c reducing to 230c but you dont say if that is using the fan or not.

    • It works both with or without the fan on. If you prefer a darker and crispier bread use the fan, if you prefer it lighter and not as crispy don’t use the fan 🙂

  27. Penny Reply

    Hi Sune
    Thought I would let you know that the bread turned out great. Was very pleased with it. Also love your sourdough pizza recipe which is now my all time favourite.
    I have also made your baguette recipe but I wasn’t too happy with the first attempt. Probably because I live in the Channel Islands and our baguettes are flown in from France on a daily basis. – Guess we are spoilt. However I did some thinking and changed the flour in your recipe to french T 55 flour and the result was much better, just needs a little bit of tweaking. Maybe you should experiment with this flour when you have time and come up with the perfect baguette. 🤗

  28. Sean Kistler Reply

    I’m new to the baking world and jumped on the sourdough bandwagon like many during COVID. My first number of attempts were dismal to say the least, but now that I’ve followed your recipe a couple of times I’ve had beautiful, tasty loaves come out of the oven that I thought I’d never achieve. Many thanks for this! I look forward to checking out more of your content 🙂

  29. Filip Reply

    Hi Sune.

    In your videos you BF your dough from 25% up to 100 % in a proofer. If Im not using proofer and let it BF in 21-22 Celsius it takes about 4-8 h to get such a rise. Is it okay to left SD for 8 h without streching or folding or something else? After 6 h its about 75% of growth and the dough doesnt hold its shape at all. Ots very sticky.

    • I bulk ferment from 0 to 25%, by the time you’re done with the stretch and folds the dough shouldn’t have grown at all 🙂

      Your dough is over fermented, and it can probably only make a very flat bread. I’d bake it in a tin 🙂

  30. Filip Reply

    Hi Sune!

    Ive been trying to reply to your comment but it doesnt work.

    If I go 25% rise with BF the crumb seems very underfermented. Its very tide and wet. Ive been looking for help on some FB groups and Ive been told there, to push BF until SD double. Trying that Im facing issues I told in previous comment. Anything there You could suggest?
    Also one more question. In your SD pizza recipe, you want to BF until SD doubles. If mine gets overproofed before it rises 50% how can I do SD pizza?

    • It sounds like your starter isn’t active enough. After a feeding how much does it grow?

  31. Filip Reply

    Hi Sune!

    I store whole rye starter in the fridge. Before baking I feed it 1:5:5 each 12h 3 times. At least it doubles. Then I make proper amout of wheat starter, same ratio 12-14h before mixing dough. I never measured wheat starter rise. I assumed if rye starter at least doubles wheat is ok after same time.

    • Doubling makes it a bit on the weak side. Mine usually get’s close to quadrupling.

      Just feed it a couple of times at 1:50:50 and that should optimize it. Then you can feed whatever you need for your bread.

  32. Filip Reply

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Ive tried that few times before. I noticed the lower ratio the bigger growth. Isnt it normal that whole rye starter growths 2,5 – 3 times and wheat one, like yours, can even quadriple?

  33. Filip Reply

    Sune, thanks for your feedback. It means a lot.

    Ive done that (1:50:50) few times and it didnt make things better. Ive been told that 2-3 times growth with whole rye starter is good. However today I checked my wheat starter (made from rye starter yesterday) and it didn’t double for 12 h. Still try to feed my rye starter 1:50:50 for few times and follow until it triples?

    • Yes, that sounds like a good plan. I agree that you probably can’t get it to quadruple, but it should be able to triple.

      Is it a very stiff starter at 100% hydration or do you keep it at another hydration?

  34. Filip Reply

    Hi.

    I keep it at 100% hydration. Ive also noticed, if my SD growth >= 50% its very sour. As you mentioned, it seems that its alredy overproofed. But how is that possible? Overproofed and growth only 50%? Because of not strong enough starter? Is it possible that my starter have bad bacteria:yeast ratio? If it is, 1:50:50 will help or I need try something else?

    • What ratio do you feed your starter at when you are going to bake. At 1:1:1 most of what is sour will be kept in the starter, but feeding like 1:10:10 the resulting starter won’t be very sour at all.

      The 1:50:50 will cure it completely of being sour 🙂

  35. Filip Reply

    Hi Sune!

    Its me again. Ive done 1:50:50 for 3 times and today in the morning my starter smelled like sauerkraut. I guess something went wrong. Maybe the temperature for starter growth have something to do? Mine have been growing in ~28 Celsius.

  36. Bigby Reply

    I have been using this recipe for 5 weeks now and loving the results. Getting more confident and baking more beautiful bread each week. Thank you for this resource.

  37. Tomasz Numrych Reply

    I’m slightly confused by the recipe, forgive me, I’m fairly new to baking. Just so we’re on the same page I’m using the 2 bread recipe. The ingredients call for 148g of starter, but the “Feed the starter – The night before” section instructions indicate to feed the starter 30+90+90 (210g), then the subsequent section “Mix the ingredients – Morning” call for 148 g of starter again.

    • You need 148 grams for the recipe. The rest is for you to keep to bake your next bread 🙂

  38. Robert Holland Reply

    Sune, Thank You!

  39. Richard L Walker Reply

    Jeg håber, at denne Google-oversætter virker. Jeg må have kopieret en gammel opskrift på håndværkssurdejsbrød, da den brugte deciliter i stedet for gram. Jeg har lige fundet en opskrift på håndværkssurdejsbrød, der bruger gram. Jeg tror, jeg vil bruge denne i stedet for den første, jeg fandt. Enhederne ser ud til at være MEGET TÆT, når de er konverteret.

  40. Luke H Reply

    I’ve appreciated this recipe and have made it half a dozen times already. I’m now going to attempt to tweak it to my preferred process and was wondering if you might have thoughts on this.

    For starters (pun intended), I’d like to find a way to use a smaller starter. The idea here is that I will have less over proofed flour in my dough as a percentage of the recipe. The dough might develop a little slower in the first rise, but I would think that might, if anything, give it more flavor development.

    Second, my starter hits peak way before 9 hours. Probably in half the time. Are you ideally trying to get the starter at its peak, or are you going 9 hours to develop acidity in the starter?

    Third, I’d like to use just one vessel for everything until the two shaped dough boules/batards are ready for the cold proofing. It’s too much transferring and cleaning. Ideally, the mixing bowl.

    Lastly, and this might have more to do with the particulars of my starter, but I’d like to increase the sour character more. It’s light and complex, and I like it, but turning it up 1-2 notches on the acid dial would be nice. I’ve tried going 2 days in the fridge or longer on my starter, but that works against my oven spring for some reason, and I do not notice an appreciable difference in flavor to justify the slightly deflated bread.

    • You can absolutely make those changes. My recipe is just a starting point.

      The reason I use two different container, is that it’s hard to tell the rise in a bowl and it’s hard to do stretch and folds in a large square container 🙂

      I have a sour sourdough video coming out soon. Stay tuned.

  41. Filo Reply

    First of all thanks for the great content, it really helped and still helps me along my baking journey.

    I’m trying to understand how baking percentages work but I can’t figure out how you calculated the amount of water.
    So if water is 69.9% of the total flour quantity that means that the total flour quantity should be around 709g ( 496g water * 100/ 70):
    – but if I add 593g bread flour and 148g rye flour I get a total of 741g
    – or if I add 593 flour plus 74g flour from the starter, which is 100% hydration, I get a total of 667g
    – and if I add all of them I get 741g ( total dry flour ) + 74g ( from the starter ) = 815g

    This is driving me a little crazy, please tell me what I’m doing wrong 🙂

  42. Steven Reply

    Sune, thanks for all your guidance, really appreciate all the time you take to do this and show us. Quick question about the banneton size. I saw you use 700g dough for your 7″ round banneton. Most places I’ve looked at state less dough for a banneton that size. What’s your input on this? I’ve only seen something different from you. I’m sure there’s a reasoning since you’ve been doing this for quite some time. I’m curious as to what you’ll say. I mean your bread is a thousand words. Is the reason because the type of dough it is? Should this work with any type of dough? Thanks in advance. Looking forward to see how my journey goes.

    • 700 grams just fills up the banneton, making the final shape better. It’s just a personal preference. It should work with any dough.

  43. Chris Reply

    Hi Sune,
    I’ve had pretty good success with this recipe for several months now (thanks for sharing it, and for your excellent videos).
    I would like to start making a nice dark rye sourdough, but less like the Jewish and Danish versions you have.
    I have access to light fine rye flour as well as roasted barley malt flour (dark cocoa brown in colour).
    Do you think I could substitute a little of the plain bread flour with the dark malt to get the depth of colour?

  44. Patrick Reply

    Hi Sune – Thanks so much for all of your great videos and recipes! 🙂 I’m sure you’ve probably addressed your reasoning for the 25% rise during bulk fermentation in one of your videos. Could you elaborate on that here – and why you’ve chosen that over the typical “double in volume” recommendation found in most other bread recipes? I’m intrigued to know if one of your many experiments helped solidify this for you. Thank you!

    • I did an experiment showing that around 25-50% growth was the right amount for a great crumb and lovely oven spring. It’s not the whole truth, but it will get you good results without knowing much more. 100% or doubling seemed to give a flat bread. All this is, of course, only for sourdough. For commercial yeast, doubling is good and should be done 🙂

      • PatrickT Reply

        Excellent – thank you Sune!

  45. Patrick Reply

    Hi Sune – thanks so much for this recipe and process. Quick question about the 500F blast for the first 20 minutes of the bake. I’ve always baked my bread at 450 with great results. Can you please explain why the 500F interval is important? Thanks! Patrick

    • It isn’t. I bake at 450F all the way through my bakes nowadays. I guess it’s time to update the recipe 🙂

      • Patrick Tiffany Reply

        Thank you! 👍

  46. Hugo Reply

    Thanks for all the effort you put in the video’s and blogpost.

    What is the difference between the artisan and beginner recipe on your website?
    And i’m not sure when this recipe is published but is there like an 2022 updated recipe based on all the experiments you did in the past years?

    • The beginner recipe is the “old” way and is much more complicated. So the Artisan one is the “new beginner” recipe 🙂

  47. Eric Reply

    Sune,
    Thank you for what for me is the clearest, most straightforward and effective recipe for good sourdough that I have come across.
    The results are superb as written, something that cannot be said for many others.
    I’ve stopped looking, this is my go-to.

  48. Annika Reply

    Thank you for this great recipe! I have already used it many times:). I was wondering one thing: if you want to make smaller breads (let’s say 4 or 6 instead of 2 with this recipe), what would be the oven time for the breads? Still 2x 20 minutes, or less?

    • 20/10 for 6 I’d say, but try to check the center temperature after 30 minutes total. It should be 99°C/210°F.

  49. Haim Boiangiu Reply

    Just tried this recipe and the results where amazing. I used 1/2 of the recipe twice. By accident I put unfed starter and the bread rose better and hed better crumb and crust than the younger starter.
    I also have a question regarding baking after refrigeration. Is it better to put dough cold into oven or wait for it to come to room temperature.

    • Thanks 🙂

      I never let it come up to temperature, it’s easier to score and the oven spring is better 🙂

  50. Haim Reply

    What’s the best way to keep the bread after baking.
    TIA

    • When it’s cooled down, I cut it into slices, and then I freeze it. Then I take however many I need and thaw those.

      Otherwise, it depends on if you want to keep the crispy crust or for it to say well the longest.

      Crispy: Cloth Bag
      Stay good for the longest: Zip-lock bag.

  51. Hi Sune
    How do you calculate hydration? In your recipe, you write 70% (69.9%) hydration. But isn’t it more. The water makes up 66.9%, where does the rest come from. The sourdough is 100% hydration, i.e. of the 148 g of sourdough there is 74 g of water. This means that there is a total of (496+74) g of water, which corresponds to 77% hydration. Is there something I misunderstood.
    Best regards Ole

    • There is also flour in the starter, so you need to add 74 to the flour as well, so 70% 🙂