Homemade Sourdough Bread


Homemade sourdough bread takes a lot of time, but that's mostly waiting time. But when it's finally ready, oh my, that's DE-LI-CI-OUS! Worth every second.

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Homemade sourdough bread
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-07-27, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 2 hours 10 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 07-03-2022

2 hours 10 minutes 6 people Side dishes
Homemade sourdough bread


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Ingredients sourdough starter

  • 3 x 100 gram (light) rye flour
  • 2 x 100 ml water

Ingredients sourdough bread

  • 300 gram sourdough starter
  • 400 light rye flour
  • 100 gram oatmeal
  • teaspoon salt
  • 250 ml lukewarm water
  • a handful of assorted nuts, such as pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.

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  • large bowl
  • spoon
  • kitchen scale
  • cling film
  • clean kitchen towel
  • oven tray lined with parchment paper

Homemade Sourdough Bread

2 hours 10 minutes 6 people Side dishes

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Creating a sourdough starter -- 6 days (yes, really)

Day 1: combine 100 gram (light) rye flour and 100 ml lukewarm water, maybe you need to add a little bit of extra water until you've reached the consistency of a 'greek yogurt'. Cover with a clean damp kitchen towel and leave it in a draft-free place at room temperature.

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Day 2 & 3: check your starter and stir it a few times a day with a clean spoon. That's very important for the bacteria. Day 4: hopefully the process is going well, and your starter has some bubbles and it starts to smell kind of sour already.

Now it's time to feed the starter with an extra 100 gram flour and 50 ml water. Day 5: feed again with another 100 grams of flour and 50 ml water. Leave again for at least 8 hours, or until you've got a lot of activity and bubbles in your starter.

Day 6: your sourdough starter should be ready by now, but sometimes it can take a little longer. If it's ready, wait as long as possible and knead the dough in the evening. Combine flour, oatmeal, and salt.

Add 300 grams of the sourdough starter and knead it well. Add 250 ml water little by little and knead until you've reached an elastic dough. If the dough ball is too sticky, you need to add a little bit more flour.

Place the doughball on an oven tray lined with parchment paper en cover with a damp kitchen towel again. Let it rise overnight. In the morning you'll notice the dough has doubled in size.  

Knead it again until it's elastic and shape them however you prefer. We liked it better to have 2 smaller loaves of bread instead of 1 big bread. Cover with the kitchen towel and let it rest another few hours and then pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees celsius or 430 degrees fahrenheit.  

Homemade sourdough bread
Homemade sourdough bread

Baking the homemade sourdough bread -- 30 minutes

Use a sharp knife to cut them on the top however you like. You'll notice in the pictures that the cuts need to be a bit deeper the next time. Bake the loaves of bread for about 15 minutes on high heat for the crunchy crust.

Lower the heat to 170 degrees celsius or 340 degrees fahrenheit and bake them for another 10 minutes. You can check if the loaves of bread are really done by tapping the bottom.

The bread will sound hollow when it's done. Enjoy!  

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