A super-simple recipe for sourdough bread made with your stand mixer.
Love sourdough but hate the complicated terms and weird techniques?
We’ve got you covered with our easy-to-follow stand mixer sourdough bread recipe. With just a few minutes of kneading in your mixer, you’ll have delicious homemade sourdough bread without all the fuss. (If you have a bread machine, try bread machine sourdough next!)
What you’ll love about this recipe:
It’s easy! Your stand mixer does all the work. No stretch and folds.
Perfect for sandwiches. This is a low hydration recipe with small holes. It’s a great everyday bread. Since the recipe makes 2 loaves, eat one now and freeze one for later.
No special bread tools are needed. It’s nice to bake it in a Dutch oven, but not necessary.
What you’ll need
- bread flour (you CAN use all-purpose flour, but you’lll need to decrease the water)
- active sourdough starter
Your sourdough starter
This recipe requires an active, bubbly, mature sourdough starter. I recommend feeding it 4-6 hours before baking.
Step by step stand mixer sourdough
First, combine the ingredients except for the salt. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attached, mix on low speed until all the dry particles have been hydrated. It will still look lumpy, and that’s okay. Let it rest at room temperature at thirty minutes, covered with a tea towel. This step is called autolyse and helps reduce the amount of kneading time required.
Add salt and knead on low for 5-9 minutes, until dough forms into ball that clears the sides and bottom of the bowl (if too dry add more water; if too wet add some flour). In my Kitchenaid mixer this takes longer, in my Bosch mixer it goes faster.
Shape the dough into a smooth ball and place in an oiled mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap for 3-4 hours until puffy. Let it rise in a. warm place (such an oven that’s been briefly turned on and then turned off).
Divide the dough into smooth balls, placed in a proofing basket covered with flour or on a baking sheet. (Either will work just fine!) Cover the shaped dough and pop it back into the fridge to rise again overnight.
In the morning, we bake! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees with an empty Dutch oven inside. Slash the loaf and place on parchment paper. When the oven has preheated, carefully lower the paper and loaf into the hot Dutch oven. Put the lid on and bake for 25 minutes covered, 20 minutes uncovered.
(Don’t have a Dutch oven? No problem. Simply put a metal baking sheet in a lower rack of your oven and pour water on it as the oven preheats to create steam. One of these loaves was baked using this method, the other with the pre-heated Duttch oven. Yes it has a bit less oven spring but the interior looked the same and it was still delicious.)
Let the loaf cool completely before you slice it, or you’ll end up with a gummy texture.
Tips for success
- Measure out the salt and put it near the dough during the autolyse stage so you don’t forget to add it.
- Let your dough be your guide: if it isn’t puffy after 4 hours, give it more time.
- If you’re having trouble with a wet dough, add more flour until it’s easier to handle
What speed should I have my mixer on?
Can I use discard sourdough starter?
How do I adjust the recipe to use all-purpose flour?
Sourdough bread stores well on the counter in a bread bag for 4-5 days. Longer than that, you’re better off freezing it. Make sure the loaf is TOTALLY cool, then wrap it in plastic wrap and pop it in a freezer bag. It’ll stay happy frozen for at least a month.
More easy sourdough bread recipes you’ll love
- Buttermilk Sourdough is a sandwich loaf that’s soft and tangy.
- Prefer a traditional artisan loaf? You’lll love this recipe.
Recipe for stand mixer sourdough
Stand Mixer Sourdough Bread
- 6 cups bread flour 31.8 ounces/ 900 grams
- 2 cups lukewarm water 16 ounces/ 440 grams
- 1½ cups active sourdough starter 11.25 ounces/ 330 grams
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3½ teaspoons salt
- Combine the ingredients, except the salt. Mix the bread flour, starter, sugar, and water in the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix on low until all ingredients are incorporated. It will look rough and maybe a little dry. Cover the bowl with a damp, clean tea towel and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. (It is helpful to measure out the salt and put it on top of the towel so you don't forget to add it in step 2!)
- Knead in the stand mixer until smooth. Add the salt and knead on low for 5-9 minutes, until the dough is smooth. The dough should form a ball and clear the sides and bottom of the bowl. If it's too dry, add a bit more water, and if it's too wet, a bit more flour.
- Rise until doubled. Shape the dough into a smooth ball and place in a clean, lightly oiled mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and put in a warm place for 3-4 hours until doubled and very puffy.
- Divide, shape, and rise again. Divide the dough in half and shape into 2 smooth balls by simply pulling the dough smooth from the bottom. Place into a proofing basket dusted with flour or on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover with greased plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or up to 18 hours.
- Bake. In the morning, preheat the oven to 425 degrees with an empty Dutch oven inside. Slash with a lame or serrated knife. Place the loaf on a piece of parchment and carefully lower it into the hot Dutch oven. Put the lid on and bake for 25 minutes with the lid on, then remove it and bake 20 minutes with the lid off, until very deep golden brown.
- Cool and slice. Remove the loaf and place on a cooling rack for 4 hours before slicing. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Making sourdough bread in a stand mixer is a great way to make sure your dough is kneaded properly. This recipe takes care of all the hard work for you, and results in a delicious loaf of bread. Enjoy!