Rustic Sourdough Bread Recipe

Use this recipe to create your own rustic sourdough bread, using sourdough "leaven" or sourdough starter, and you’ll have your own artisanal sourdough boule.

| December 2013/January 2014

Lodge Combo Cooker

A covered pan, like this Lodge Combo Cooker, provides a humid environment as the sourdough bakes.

Photo By Tim Nauman

Yield: One 1 1⁄2-pound sourdough boule


1 cup leaven, or fed sourdough starter
2 cups lukewarm water
5 cups flour, plus up to 1 cup more for the work surface
1 1⁄2 tsp salt


1. Feed your starter by setting aside half of it and feeding the remainder with 4 ounces of flour and 4 ounces of lukewarm water. Stir to combine, and set the starter aside for 8 to 12 hours to complete the culture proof before you use it to bake.

2. In a mixing bowl, pour 1 cup fed sourdough starter into 1 cup lukewarm water. Add 3 cups flour, a little at a time. Stir until loosely combined, then mix thoroughly with wet hands. Cover the container loosely and set aside for a half-hour if using white flour, or 45 minutes for whole-grain flour.
11/28/2016 1:05:43 PM

Geeeeaazzzz. . . I thought the title said "Simple" !!!

11/22/2016 7:32:15 PM

What maddyw said.

11/11/2013 9:21:54 AM

Instructions on the starter?

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