Rustic Sourdough Bread Recipe

Use this recipe to bake your own rustic sourdough bread using a sourdough “leaven” or sourdough starter and you’ll have your own sourdough boule.

  • Lodge Combo Cooker
    A covered pan, like this Lodge Combo Cooker, provides a humid environment as the sourdough bakes.
    Photo By Tim Nauman

  • Lodge Combo Cooker

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.

12/25/2018 3:35:57 PM

The amounts should be in ounces or gms. Volume measurements are too imprecise, and the loaves are destined to be not great or just bad.

12/16/2017 12:19:38 PM

I loved this is was a relaxing way take your time recipe.
11/28/2016 1:05:43 PM

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

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