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Sourdough Starter

Simple, delicious and great with soup
Prep Time15 mins
Resting1 d 12 hrs
Total Time15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sourdough
Servings: 4 loaves
Calories: 253kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp . sugar or honey
  • 1 tbsp . active dry yeast
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour


  • Pour the water into a 2-quart glass or ceramic jar or bowl. Stir in the sugar or honey to dissolve. Stir in the yeast.
  • Gradually whisk in the flour. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel or dishcloth (not plastic wrap) and place it in a warm area. (My kitchen in the winter definitely has no warm location, but my starter was just fine.)
  • Let it develop 2-5 days, stirring once a day due to the separation that will occur. When bubbling has subsided and a sour aroma has developed, stir once more and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Storing and Maintaining Your Starter
  • Once your starter is stored away in the refrigerator, it only needs to be replenished once every two weeks or so. I put a little note to myself in my calendar as a reminder to either bake with or feed my starter. You should feed your starter each time you remove a portion for use in baking, but if it has been two weeks and you don’t intend to bake with it immediately, simply remove a cup of the starter and discard. For every 1 cup of starter removed, replace with 1 cup of flour and ½ cup of water. Stir to blend, and let sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours before returning to the refrigerator.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 3mg