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


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

Sourdough is a type of bread that’s made with a natural leavening agent instead of commercial yeast. Bakers love it for the process, the fun of using a starter, and most of all… the taste!

6 images of sourdough starter, bread, and rolls

Whether creating your first sourdough starter or baking your 300th loaf, you’ll find everything from kitchen-tested recipes to troubleshooting guides.

How to start and maintain a starter

sourdough starter in glass jar.

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.

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.

finished loaf of stand mixer sourdough

Intermediate bread recipes

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

finished loaf of blueberry sourdough bread

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.


Breakfast Discard Recipes

Savory Discard Recipes

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.

 Bob’s Red Mill Organic White Rice Flour, 24 Oz Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven, 7.3-Quart, White Tovolo Danish Sturdy Wire Batter & Dough Blender for Cooking & Baking, Bread Baking Accessory, Easy to Clean, Stainless Steel, 12 SIMOX Premium Bread Lame, Bread Scorer Blade with Crafted Wooden Handle & 5 Blades, Bread Scoring Tool/Bread Lame with Protective Cover 9 inch Round Bread Banneton Proofing Basket & Liner SUGUS HOUSE Brotform Dough Rising Rattan Handmade rattan bowl – Perfect For Artisan SMARTAKE 200 Pcs Parchment Paper Baking Sheets, 12×16 Inches Non-Stick Precut Baking Parchment, Perfect for Baking Grilling Air Fryer Steaming Bread Cup Cake Cookie and More (Unbleached)


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!

More to explore:

I love sourdough, but it’s just one part of creating a handmade home.

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

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

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  1. Mentioned if you live in Virginia may be close enough to grab some sourdough starter from you. Where exactly are you? Because that would be fantastic. I’ve tried so many times to make sourdough starter to no avail.

  2. 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?


    1. 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.