If you’re new to sourdough baking this is a great place to start. It uses less flour, requires no turning or folding, and is ready the same day you start it.
(A note from Regan. This easy recipe for a basic Sourdough Sandwich Bread assumes you have some basic knowledge and understanding of sourdough baking. If it’s all new to you and you’re CONFUSED, READ THIS POST first. It goes over the basics about feeding your sourdough starter, and has some helpful tutorial & recipe links, and videos.)
Where my Sourdough Discard Banana Bread is densely chock-full of chocolate chips and sweet banana flavor, this Easy Sourdough Sandwich bread is light, almost fluffy. It doesn’t use weird dough conditioners and is just a tiny bit tangy.
Did you pick up on that last part? It’s important.
This is not the recipe that’s going to yield a deep, tart sourdough flavor. Classic sourdough requires a fair amount of hand-holding to allow plenty of time for that “sour” flavor to develop.
This recipe gets you from start to finish in a fraction of the time. And bonus, it’s super kid-friendly.
I’ve made loaf after loaf of this easy sourdough sandwich bread since I first started tinkering with its parent recipe — Bread Machine Sourdough Bread by King Arthur Flour. I’ve only had one loaf fail and that was user error on my part. I let it proof (the first rise) too long and started with a weak starter.
How do you know if your sourdough starter is ripe?
(t took me a little while to get a feel for when my starer was “ripe”. In my experience, it can best be described as having a texture somewhat like Elmer’s glue.
If you’re new to sourdough baking, this easy sourdough sandwich bread recipe is a great place to start. It doesn’t use a ton of flour, it’s fairly hands-off. There’s no turning, folding and waiting. And it’s ready the same day you start it… within a few hours.
The one thing that it doesn’t offer you is a completely yeast-free bread. I know for some baking purists, that’s sourdough blasphemy. I get that but will say that this is a fun way to get your feet wet with sourdough baking. After a few successful loaves and ensuring your starter is up to the challenge, you can aim high with a traditional sourdough recipe. For now, bake this. I know you’ll love it. ~Regan
Is Sourdough Starter confusing to you?
Check out this post for helpful tips.
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