Simple Sourdough Starter

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Sourdough bread is a beloved staple of bakeries and kitchens worldwide, celebrated for its rich, complex flavor and satisfying texture. For those looking to embark on the journey of sourdough baking, a high-quality starter is essential. Luckily, creating a sourdough starter is a straightforward process that requires only a few simple ingredients and a bit of patience.

The basis of any sourdough starter is wild yeast, which is naturally present in all flour. To cultivate this yeast into a form that can be used for baking, the flour and water must be combined and left to ferment over several hours or even days. While this process may seem daunting, the end result is well worth the wait. Need baking pans?

A mature sourdough starter will become a bubbling crock of flour and water, with a distinctive tangy aroma that is indicative of its active yeast culture. This starter can be used to add depth of flavor and texture to a variety of baked goods, including bread, rolls, and even pancakes.

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In this recipe, we will guide you through the steps to create a high-quality sourdough starter that can be used in all of your baking endeavors. While it may take a bit of time and effort to get your starter up and running, the payoff in flavor and texture is truly remarkable. Whether you are a seasoned baker or just starting out, this sourdough starter is sure to become a treasured part of your kitchen repertoire.

So gather your flour and water, and get ready to embark on a delicious journey into the world of sourdough baking. With a little patience and perseverance, you’ll soon be enjoying the rich, complex flavor and satisfying texture of homemade sourdough bread and baked goods.

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Basic Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

Here is an excellent Sourdough Starter that you can use to add rich flavor to bread and rolls.

  • Author: Emeril Lagasse
  • Prep Time: :05
  • Total Time: 12:00
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Bread


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  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit until the yeast becomes foamy, about 5 minutes. (If the yeast does not foam, discard the mixture and begin again with a new yeast.)
  2. Add the flour and stir vigorously to work air into the mixture. Cover with a towel let rest in a warm, draft-free place (an oven with its pilot light or light bulb turned on works well) for 8 to 12 hours. (The mixture should become very bubbly.) Use immediately or cover loosely with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Preserving the Starter: Each time you remove a portion of the starter for a recipe, reserve at least 1/4 cup and replace the amount you have taken out with equal amounts of flour and water.
  4. For example, if you remove 1 cup of starter, you must replace it with 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm water. Whisk these ingredients into the starter until blended but not completely smooth, cover loosely, and return to the refrigerator.
  5. Also, the starter must be maintained by feeding it every few days. Refresh by removing 1 cup of the starter (give to a friend or discard it) and adding 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm water. Whisk until blended but not smooth. Cover loosely and return to the refrigerator.
  6. If you plan to be away longer than a week, freeze the starter in a sterilized, airtight freezer container. Thaw the starter 2 days before you plan to bake with it. Refresh as indicated above with 1 cup each of flour and warm water. Cover and leave at room temperature 12 hours or overnight before using.


  • CAUTION: Never keep your starter tightly closed! The gasses expelled by the yeast will build up pressure and may cause the container (such as a glass jar) to burst!
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