Long-Fermentation Sourdough Bread

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Tangy and soft, this sourdough bread is one of the most basic recipes you can make. This recipe makes one loaf, but feel free to multiply the ingredient ratios for a larger batch. You won’t be disappointed!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup sourdough starter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil, or as needed
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed
  • 1 egg, beaten


Combine 2 cups flour, water, sourdough starter, butter, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Mix into a stiff batter. Beat for a few minutes using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer; the dough should be quite moist and sticky.

Turn dough into an oiled bowl, flipping to coat all sides. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and leave at room temperature to ferment 8 hours to overnight.

Turn dough onto a liberally floured surface. Knead for at least 10 minutes, adding an additional 1/2 cup flour or more as needed; the dough should be very smooth and elastic when done.

Butter a loaf pan. Shape dough into a loaf and place in the prepared pan. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 4 to 12 hours depending on temperature.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Brush the top of the loaf with beaten egg. Cut a 1/4-inch slash down the center lengthwise using a sharp knife.

Bake in the preheated oven until an internal temperature of at least 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) is reached, 25 to 30 minutes.

Turn loaf out onto a rack and cool completely before slicing.

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 12 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 8 – Yield: 1 loaf



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