Learn to Make Sourdough

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 How to Make Sourdough Bread

How to Make Sourdough Bread
Learn to make a light and fluffy loaf of sourdough bread. Our step-by-step instructional video and written recipe and tips will get you started.
Learn how to make a loaf of sourdough bread.

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough FAQ
Whether you're just getting started working with sourdough or have been doing it for awhile, check out our list of common questions concerning obtaining a starter culture, caring for your starter, baking with it, and more.
Read our sourdough FAQs.

 How to Feed a Sourdough Starter

How to Feed a Sourdough Culture
Proper sourdough maintenance requires feeding the culture when preparing for baking or if the culture is to be stored long term in the fridge. Our video and written instructions will guide you through the easy process of feeding your traditional sourdough starter.
Learn more about feeding a sourdough starter.

 Desem Sourdough Bread

10 Tips for Working with Traditional Sourdough
Working with sourdough can be a bit different from working with commercial yeast. A few simple steps can help ensure your sourdough bread doesn't come out hard and dense.
Learn more about techniques for making light and fluffy sourdough bread your whole family will enjoy. 

Sourdough Bread Dough

Using an Established Sourdough Starter vs. Making a Starter From Scratch
There are several ways to obtain a sourdough starter including getting a small amount of established starter from a friend, purchasing an established starter, or making one from scratch using flour and water.
Read more about differences between making a sourdough starter from scratch and using an established culture.

 Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread

Gluten-free Sourdough Baking
Learn about techniques and ingredients used to make gluten-free sourdough bread, muffins, pizza crust, dessert breads and more.
Read more about working with gluten-free sourdough starter.

 Sourdough Starter

Which Starter Is Right for You?
We have a variety of starters, from the classic San Francisco starter to the fast-proofing Alaskan, to the hearty Danish Rye. Choose your favorite, or sample a selection.
Read more about the different sourdough starters. 

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 Sourdough Starter Flour

Switching Sourdough Starter to a New Type of Flour
Do you have a white-flour starter you would like to switch to whole wheat flour or vice versa? Maybe you want to switch your starter to spelt or kamut flour? With just a few feedings, your sourdough starter can be converted to a different type of flour.
Read more about how to start feeding your sourdough starter with a different type of flour.

 Light and Fluffy Sourdough Bread
Tips for Manipulating the Sourness of Sourdough
Making sourdough doesn't always mean your bread will taste sour: how sour it tastes is a function of the culture and the process used to make the bread including the amount of time the dough is allowed to proof and ferment.
Learn more about how to make sour sourdough bread.

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Sourdough Recipes

Learn about the many ways you can use sourdough in recipes. Click here to view all of our sourdough recipes.

Featured Recipes

Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pancakes
Versatile for any meal and a great way to use up excess sourdough starter.

Basic Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread
A simple recipe for a basic loaf of bread.    

 Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Use your sourdough starter to make these delicious cookies.

 Sourdough Biscuits

Sourdough Biscuits
Easy to make and the perfect complement to any meal.

Supplies for Making Sourdough

San Francisco Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starters
16 varieties to choose from including options for white, whole wheat, kamut, spelt, and brown rice flour.

 Wood Handled Dough Scraper for Sourdough Bread Baking

Sourdough Baking Supplies
Working with sourdough can be a very simple process but there are a few tools that can make it easier.

Classic Sourdoughs Book

Sourdough Books
Having a good book around can be very useful when working with sourdough for 
both techniques and recipes.



Sourdough Bread
How-to Videos

How to Make Sourdough Bread
How to Make Sourdough Bread

How to Feed a Sourdough Starter
How to Feed a Sourdough Starter


Activating Sourdough Starter Video
Activating Sourdough Starter


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 Sourdough Articles, How-to Videos, and Recipes


Traditional Sourdough

How to Make Sourdough Bread (Recipe & Video)

Sourdough FAQ

Sourdough Starter Troubleshooting FAQ

Sourdough Starter Instructions

A Comparison of Sourdough Starters

Activating/Rehydrating Sourdough Starter (Video)

Feeding a Sourdough Starter (Video)

Making Fresh Sourdough Starter

Preparing Fresh Sourdough Starter for Baking

Keeping Sourdough Starter Healthy

How Sourdough Works

The Basic Principles of Working with Sourdough

Short vs. Long Fermentation in Sourdough Baking

How to Obtain a Sourdough Starter

Making Sourdough Fit Your Life

Choosing a Water Source for Making Cultured Foods

How to Revive Dried-out Sourdough Bread

A Comparison of Heirloom Wheat Varieties for Sourdough Baking

Using Rye Flour in Your Sourdough

10 Tips for Working with a Traditional Sourdough Culture

Using a Bread Machine to Make Sourdough

Tips for Manipulating the Sourness of Sourdough

Artisan Loaves from Your Regular Kitchen Oven

How to Convert a Quick Bread into a Sourdough Recipe

How to Use Kefir as a Sourdough

How Altitude Affects Sourdough Baking

Sourdough Troubleshooting

Sourdough Tips and Tricks

Troubleshooting Free-Formed Sourdough Loaves

Taking a Break from a Sourdough Starter: Proper Storage Techniques

Switching a Sourdough Starter to a New Type of Flour

10 Uses for Stale Sourdough Bread

Beyond the Loaf: The Many Uses of Sourdough

How to Create Sourdough Insurance

How to Adapt Any Recipe to Become a Sourdough Recipe

Sourdough-related Posts on the CFH Blog

How to Store Homemade Bread

How to Measure Flour


Traditional Sourdough Recipes



Basic Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Pizza Bread

Sourdough Banana Bread

Sourdough Sprouted Corn Flour Bread

Sourdough Pumpkin Quick Bread

Simple Sourdough Baguette

Sourdough Banana Zucchini Quick Bread

Sourdough Tomato Basil Garlic Bread


Biscuits and Rolls

Sourdough Biscuits Recipe

Sourdough Refrigerator Biscuits

100% Rye Sourdough Pseudo English Muffins

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

Multigrain Sourdough Bagels

Sourdough Rye Rolls with Cheddar Hearts

Long-fermented Sourdough Biscuits

Sourdough Cheddar Biscuits

Sourdough Oat Biscuits



Sourdough Bacon, Rosemary, and Cracked Peppercorn Crackers

Sourdough Onion-Caraway Sprouted Rye Crackers



Rye Sourdough Noodles

Rustic Sourdough Noodles

Breakfast Items

Sourdough Pancakes Recipe

Flufflier Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Egg-free Sourdough Pancakes

Egg-free Peanut Butter Sourdough Pancakes

Savory Vegetable-Cheddar Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough Waffle Recipe

Sourdough Dutch Baby Pancake

Sourdough Crepes

Sourdough Cinnamon-Pecan Coffee Cake

Overnight Sourdough Breakfast Strata

Sourdough-Ricotta-Blueberry Strata

Sourdough Belgian Waffles


Basic Sourdough Muffins

Spelt Sourdough Muffins

Sourdough Honey-sweetened Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Sourdough Oat Bran Muffins

Sourdough Apple Butter Muffins

Sourdough Banana Muffins

Sourdough Pumpkin Chocoloate Chip Muffins

A Collection of Sourdough Muffin Recipes


Soft Sourdough Cookies

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Sourdough Pie Crust

Sourdough Applesauce Cake

Chocolate Sourdough Snack Cake

Sourdough Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sourdough Brownies

Sourdough Dessert Recipes

Cranberry Orange Spiced Sourdough Cookies

Sourdough Fruit Cobbler

Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies


Sourdough Hushpuppies

Long-fermented Whole Wheat Sourdough Tortillas

Sourdough Skillet Tamale Pie

Sourdough Pizza Crust Recipe

Sourdough Apple Fritters

Savory Sourdough Fritters

Sourdough Panzanella

Soured Millet Garlic Mash

German Sourdough-Sauerkraut Appetizer




Gluten-free Sourdough

An Introduction to Working With Gluten-free Sourdough

The Art of Gluten-free Sourdough Baking

A Guide to Binders in Gluten-free Sourdough Baking


Gluten-free Sourdough Recipes


Gluten-free Sourdough Bread Recipe

Versatile Gluten-free Sourdough Flat Breads with a Formed Pan

Gluten-free Sourdough Cranberry Walnut Bread

Gluten-free Sourdough Skillet Cornbread

Gluten-free Sourdough Whole Grain Zucchini Bread

Gluten-free Sourdough French Bread

Gluten-free Sourdough Whole Grain Boule

Gluten-free Sourdough Monkey Bread

Gluten-free Sourdough Skillet Garlic Bread

Hearty Gluten-free, Gum-free Sourdough Loaf


Biscuits and Rolls

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Cranberry-Orange Sourdough Scones

Wholesome Sourdough Oat and Buckwheat Scones

Gluten-free Sourdough Hamburger Buns

Gluten-free Sourdough Stovetop Biscuits

Light and Fluffy Gluten-free Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Sourdough Biscuits

Simple Sourdough Gluten-free Drop Biscuits

Whole Wheat Sourdough Burger Buns


Crackers and Flatbreads

Gluten-free Sourdough Pizza Crust

Gluten-free Sourdough Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust

Whole Grain Gluten-free Sourdough Crackers

Gluten-free Sourdough Pan Pizza Crust

Breakfast Items

Gluten-free Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes

Gluten-free Lemon Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes

Easy Overnight Gluten-free Sourdough Waffles

Gluten-free Sourdough Pancakes from Discarded Starter

Whole Grain Gluten-free Sourdough Pancakes



Gluten-free Sourdough Oat English Muffins

Basic Gluten-free, Dairy-free Sourdough Muffins

Gluten-free Sourdough Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten-free Sourdough Whole Grain Morning Glory Muffins

Gluten-free Sourdough Chili-Cheese Muffins

Gluten-free Sourdough Millet-Corn Muffins


Gluten-free Sourdough Pie Crust

Gluten-free Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free Sourdough Molasses Spice Cake

Gluten-free Sourdough Chocolate Cupcakes



Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free Sourdough Banana Fritters


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