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  • Writer's pictureMindy Banks

Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe +Feeding Instructions

Updated: Apr 26

If you want the easiest sourdough recipe that you can't mess up, this is it!

I'm not one to make New Year's Resolutions but I do tend to make goals for the year and choose something new to learn. This year, one of my "food goals" was to learn how to make Sourdough Bread! It seems to be the most popular food topic and you can't miss it when scrolling social. I'm still a newbie when it comes to Sourdough but I've learned that it doesn't have to be complicated. Sourdough can be easy!

I've read a ton about starters and you can make your own but it's really better to get one from a friend so you have a healthy starter that won't let you down. If you're not sure where to get one, just make a post on Facebook and ask who can share with you!

Many people are intimidated by bread making in general because of how much time you have to wait. I mean, nobody likes waiting for anything but the good news here is, if you plan it right, you do most of the waiting while you sleep.

Here is a picture of my very first loaf of sourdough bread, I think it turned out pretty perfect!

You'll never know how simple it can be if you don't try it! So, what are you waiting for?

This recipe is so simple and only takes a few minutes of hands-on-time and you'll have the most delicious bread ever. And if you really hate waiting, make more than 1 loaf at a time. That is even easier sourdough baking! Bake smarter, not harder!

The hardest part is letting it cool down. Some say to let it cool completely but I can't skip a warm piece of bread with butter! I let mine cool a little but definitely grab a slice while it's still hot.

My son Connor is now obsessed with Sourdough and wants me to make him a grilled cheese every day! I use cheddar + Havarti cheese and butter both sides of the bread before grilling on the stove top. It's ooey-gooey and delicious!!

Scoring the dough makes it pretty but it also helps guide how it rises & helps it maintain its shape throughout the baking process. I use the lame tool in this set and it's so easy to use and comes with replacement blades. Easy sourdough scoring tip: make one big slice anywhere on the top, it doesn't have to be centered but it can be if you want. Then score smaller cuts on one or both sides. There are some impressive scoring designs out there but I'm sticking with the theme of easy sourdough bread!

I have baked my bread in several different vessels but I feel like a Dutch Oven is best. I've used metal and stoneware loaf pans as well as a sheet pan but the Dutch Oven wins every time. Mine is from Pampered Chef, of course, and you can get it here.

Do you know what else I learned early in my sourdough journey? People name their starters! That made me laugh because I don't name anything other than my kids and pets! I thought long and hard about what to name my starter before I settled on her name.. Aunt Kneada! My Aunt Nita made the best sourdough bread I've ever had and it just felt right that I should name my starter after her. Meet Aunt Kneada below..

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