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Sourdough Baking From Start to Finish (Recipes, Tips, and More)

By request, here are all of our sourdough recipes and articles in one handy place!

Do you love sourdough bread?

Sourdough is a type of bread that’s made with a natural leavening agent instead of commercial yeast. It has a unique flavor and texture, and it’s also easier to digest than regular bread because the fermentation process breaks down some of the gluten in wheat. Plus, it’s delicious.

Whether you want to learn how to make your own sourdough starter or bake your 300th loaf, you’ll find everything from kitchen-tested recipes to troubleshooting guides.

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How to start and maintain a starter

You can use our step-by-step guide on how to make your own sourdough starter if you don’t already have one going. (It only takes 5 minutes a day.)

Making a sourdough starter is easy. It’s truly just flour, water, and time.

very bubbly homemade sourdough starter in glass jar

Beginner sourdough breads

Then follow along as we walk through every single step in making homemade sourdough bread.

This collection of bread recipes is perfect for beginners, or someone looking for an easy method. These recipes are simple enough to make every day.

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Intermediate bread recipes

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These recipes require more ingredients and time—but the results are worth it.

Sourdough discard recipes

Here are some recipes that use up your excess sourdough starter, including muffins, cakes, breakfast dishes, and more!

Browse through the collection of discard recipes to make sure none of your starter goes to waste.


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Breakfast Discard Recipes

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Baking tools you need

You probably have most of the tools you need already—a bowl, spoon, measuring cup or scales, and some bakeware. But there are some special tools that will make your baking life easier.

Storage Tips

Serious bread bakers sometimes bake more than they can realistically eat. That’s okay. Here are some ideas for making the most of your homemade sourdough:

If you get stuck, check out the Sourdough Troubleshooting Guide!

Whether you are brand new to sourdough or just looking for some new recipes, I hope you have found this guide helpful.

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4 thoughts on “Sourdough Baking From Start to Finish (Recipes, Tips, and More)”

  1. Katie,

    A question for you a lot of the recipes and articles I have read online call for items like a banneton and a lame. Can you please explain what the uses are and exactly what they are?


    • Hi. Deb, a banneton is a round basket that you put the dough in and it helps it hold its shape as it rises. The lame is just a very sharp knife/ razor blade for slashing the bread. You don’t technically need either one.


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