Bread Machine Crusty Sourdough Bread

Bread Machine Crusty Sourdough Bread

  • 10 Minutes Prep3 Hours 40 Minutes Total
  • 12 Servings
  • 165 Calories per Serving
We've unraveled the closely guarded secret to great sourdough bread and made it "bread machine easy" for you to enjoy.

Ingredient List

Sourdough Starter

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or quick active dry yeast
  • 4 cups lukewarm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or Better for Bread™ flour
  • 4 teaspoons sugar


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups Gold Medal™ Better for Bread™ flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon bread machine or quick active dry yeast


  1. Make sourdough starter at least 1 week before making bread. In large glass bowl, dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast in warm water. Stir in 3 cups flour and 4 teaspoons sugar. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Cover loosely; let stand at room temperature about 1 week or until mixture is bubbly and has a sour aroma. Transfer to 2-quart or larger nonmetal bowl. Cover tightly; refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Use sourdough starter once a week or stir in 1 teaspoon sugar. After using starter, replenish it by stirring in 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon sugar until smooth. Cover loosely; let stand in warm place at least 1 day until bubbly. Cover tightly; refrigerate until ready to use. To use, stir cold starter; measure cold starter, and let stand until room temperature (starter will expand as it warms up).
  3. Measure 1 cup of the sourdough starter and all remaining bread ingredients carefully, placing in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  4. Select Basic/White cycle. Use Medium or Light crust color. Do not use delay cycle. (Total time will vary with appliance and setting.) Remove baked bread from pan; cool on cooling rack.


  • Sourdough starter was the only leavening pioneers had to make breads, biscuits and pancakes. Each evening, starter was removed from the crock and set "to work" for the next day's bread. A little of the "sourdough" was returned to the crock the next day to ferment and be ready for the next time.

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 12%, Vitamin D 0%, Folic Acid 14%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 165 , Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 300 mg, Potassium 60 mg, Total Carbohydrate 37 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Protein 5 g, Starch 2