I am no expert on bread, but I do love a good sourdough and a simple recipe. This recipe is easy, but it does require some special equipment and preparation: you need some sourdough starter, a dutch oven, and time.
But if you’ve got some sourdough starter, chances are you want to use it more but don’t have the time to research recipes and make complicated braided loaves. If you want something simple and tasty, this loaf is for you.
Side note: to learn how to make your own sourdough starter, or to purchase some to really make your life easy, I recommend King Arthur Flour:
No Knead Sourdough Bread
- 2 cups flour
- 1 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ‘fed’ sourdough starter
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and yeast. Make a well in the center, and add the water and sourdough starter. Use a silicone spatula to fold the mixture together until it’s an unmanageable, shaggy mess. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be an unmanageable shaggy mess.
Leave it alone for anywhere from 12-24 hours. An oven is a great place to leave the dough; just remember to remove it before going on with the recipe.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. When your oven has reached temperature, place a dutch oven in the oven to heat for 30 minutes.
Transfer your dough to a piece of parchment. Lightly flour your hands and shape the dough into a ball. Let it rest while the dutch oven heats up.
After 30 minutes, remove the dutch oven, place the dough in the dutch oven, place the lid on the dutch oven, and place the dutch oven in the actual oven. Cook for 30 minutes at 450 degrees. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and enjoy!