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Favorite Bread Machine Sourdough Loaf

Many of you have been asking for a good sourdough bread recipe since I posted my sourdough starter recipe a few weeks ago. I guess I kind of jumped the gun there — I was so excited to share what I was working on that I didn’t stop to think about the next step.

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So not only do I have a great recipe to share with you, but what I’m most excited about is this is a sourdough bread machine recipe. That’s -right — it can be made right in your bread machine! This loaf has a nice crispy crust with a moist and delicious crumb, perfect for savoring with your favorite soup recipe.

But first let me share a couple of photos of my starter for those of you that were asking to see it…


You see that liquid on top of the unstirred starter? That’s just the “hooch” — it’s mostly alcohol and a byproduct of the fermentation process. Just stir it back into your starter, and it will be fine to use.

Okay, back to the recipe… one thing I should warn you of is that though this is a bread machine recipe, it’s not like your typical recipes where you just dump in all of the ingredients and set the machine and forget it. It does require a little active participation in the beginning.

Favorite Bread Machine Sourdough Loaf

Favorite Bread Machine Sourdough Loaf

Yield: 2-lb. loaf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sourdough starter


Bread Machine Directions

  1. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast to your bread pan. If your bread machine has a warming cycle, turn it off and start a basic bread cycle to stir these ingredients together. I use the dark crust setting for this recipe
  2. Slowly add warm milk and softened butter to dry mixture while the bread machine is still stirring. Then do the same with the sourdough starter.
  3. Add the remaining 2-1/2 cups of flour slowly to the wet mixture. It may seem like too much flour, as the dough will get very crumbly, but it will all get kneaded into the bread. I've found that it helps to press down on the dough as the machine is still kneading to get it to pick up all of the bits of dough.
  4. Close the top of the bread machine and let it finish out its cycle. When the bread is done baking, remove it from the pan immediately and let it cool on a rack to prevent it from getting soggy.

Oven Directions

  1. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast to a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly stir in warm milk and softened butter to dry mixture. Then do the same with the sourdough starter.
  3. Mix remaining 2-1/2 cups of flour slowly into the wet mixture. Then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning to make sure it's coated, and let rise for one hour.
  5. Punch down and let rest for 15 minutes. Then shape into a loaf and place in a greased 2-lb. loaf pan. Allow to rise for another hour.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

How much did you LOVE this recipe?

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In case you’re wondering, my bread machine is a Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme. I’ve only had it for a few months, but I’m very pleased with it so far!

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