Tangy Sourdough Bread

Tangy Sourdough Bread

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We love this Tangy Sourdough Bread and make it every week! It makes two loaves, so I’ll either freeze one for later in the week, take it to our weekly potluck at church, or give a loaf to family or friends.

Playing with Scoring Designs

(Post modified with new photos on 7/26/22.)

Fed Starter is Bubbly

There is much to know about working with sourdough, so I’ll try to share a few things about making this particular recipe. The first is to use sourdough starter that has been “fed”. Which means, you’ve fed your starter flour and water, it has set for a few hours, and is now bubbly.

Sourdough Starter

This recipe has a two-day process, but when I’ve been in a hurry, I’ve actually skipped refrigerating the dough overnight. It still turned out good. It just wasn’t as tangy in flavor.


Sourdough can be Sticky

The next thing to know, is that this dough will more than likely be very sticky. And that’s okay. That’s how it is supposed to be. Using a stainless bench scraper helps a bunch in lifting the sticky dough from the work surface. It’s important to work the dough during it’s “rising stage” to help it develop its gluten. Once that happens, the dough will be less sticky and will become a more stable, soft dough.


The Old Way

When I first began making my sourdough bread, I placed the dough on parchment paper that had been sprayed with cooking spray. Then once it was ready for baking, I scored it with a knife, and using a pizza peel, placed it in a 425 degree oven on a baking stone. This worked really well, and I was happy with my bread for many years. (I have had my sourdough starter, who I named Bertha, since May 2012.)

Using a Bread Banneton

Taking Things to a New Level

This year, I wanted to take things to a new level, to achieve a bread like what you would purchase from a professional bakery. I did several things. 1) I stopped adding yeast to my recipe and instead, worked the dough during it’s rising time to help develop it’s natural gluten. 2) I began using a Bread Banneton to give my bread a pretty design in the final rise.

Scoring Sourdough

3) I scored my bread with a lame, which helped me get a better cut on the bread as well as play with designs.

Baking Sourdough in a Dutch Oven

4) I baked the bread inside a covered Dutch Oven, which helped give the bread a “steamed” quality like that from a wood-fired oven. 5) I increased the heat in the oven to 475 degrees for half of the baking time and also let the bread “cure” in the oven after it finished baking.

Cooling the Baked Bread on a Wire Rack

All of these things have helped to produce a Tangy Sourdough Bread that I can be very pleased with. It still has wonderful flavor, but now the outside is a beautiful deep golden brown that is crunchy, while the inside is pleasingly soft and chewy.

If you don’t have a sourdough starter, you may make your own HERE. This makes wonderful Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, or use for Sourdough Croutons.

This recipe makes 2 loaves which will serve approximately 16-20 people. 

See more Sourdough Recipes Here. 

Sourdough Recipes - Tangy Sourdough Bread

Tangy Sourdough Bread

Here's a sourdough recipe we adore and make every week. This bread is delicious with butter, makes wonderful Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, or use it to make your own Sourdough Croutons.
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sourdough
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Rising and Curing Time:: 1 day 2 hours
Total Time: 1 day 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 16



Prepare the Levain (Leaven Starter)

  • In a large bowl, combine the fed starter, warm water, and 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Beat vigorously with wooden spoon for 1 minute. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 2-3 hours. Refrigerate overnight.

Mix the Bread Dough

  • The next day, remove the levain from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature, about an hour.
  • In a large mixing bowl, with kneading hook attachment, combine the levain with the remaining 2 cups all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Begin mixing at a low speed, adding up to 1/4 cups water as needed to make a smooth dough. Continue kneading for 5-7 minutes.
  • Transfer dough to a large greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until it has doubled. (This may take 2-3 hours).
    (Remove the dough at each hour interval to stretch and fold the dough on a smooth surface, envelope-style to work the gluten in the dough. The dough will most likely be sticky, but refrain from using flour. Instead, use a stainless bench scraper to lift the dough from the work space.)

Form Dough into Loaves

  • Once the dough has doubled, divide the dough in half. Stretch and fold the dough, envelope-style, again using the bench scraper as needed. Form each into a ball. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Flatten each ball into an rectangle. Stretch and twist, and then fold the dough, envelope-style. Form a nice smooth ball, pinching on the bottom. Slide the bottom of the dough against your work surface to seal the seam.
  • At this point, you may either place the dough into a Dough Banneton Basket that has been sprinkled with Brown Rice Flour or place it on a greased sheet of parchment paper. Cover and allow to rise for 1-2 hours until puffy. Halfway through the rising time, preheat oven to 475F degrees.

Score and Bake the Bread

  • Uncover the risen dough. If using the Banneton, turn dough out onto a bread sling or sheet of parchment paper. Using a knife or bread lame, slice two fairly deep horizontal slashes in each.
  • Holding opposite sides of the sling or parchment paper, lift the dough and place in a 4-6 quart Dutch Oven. Spritz with water (2-3 times) to help create steam in the oven.
  • Cover with lid and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • After this initial baking period, uncover each Dutch oven and reduce the oven temperature to 450F. Continue baking for an additional 12-14 minutes until golden brown. To prevent your loaves from burning on the bottom, place a baking sheet beneath the Dutch Ovens on a lower rack.
  • If time allows, you may cure your bread by turning off your oven and cracking open the oven door for 20 minutes. This will give your bread a crackly, crunchy crust. Transfer bread from Dutch Ovens to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 2 loaves of bread.


Serving: 16g | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 2mg
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14 thoughts on “Tangy Sourdough Bread”

    • Hi Jen, I use all-purpose flour for my sourdough recipes. Hope it goes well. I’d love to hear back from you when you try it!

  • 5 stars
    Turned out great!! Very easy to make. I cut the recipe in half and skipped the step to divide and rest for another 30 minutes. I also left mine in the fridge a little longer (18 hours) by mistake and it turned out tang-tastic! I’ll be using this as my sourdough standard.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m glad the bread turned out well for you. I’ve also kept mine in the fridge for 30+ hours, when my schedule went wonkie! No worries. It’s all good, and it turned out fine!

  • 5 stars
    I made this last weekend and created one giant loaf. The crust was lovely and crunchy, and the inside was tender and tangy. I love experimenting with sourdough, and this recipe is one that I will make often. It’s well worth the time.

    • Hi Melissa! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this sourdough recipe. It’s one of our favorites that I make every week. My granddaughter loves it so much that I plan to make her one to give to her for her birthday. Thanks for leaving a comment!

      • Hi Sherri, I think you may have a hard time baking all of the dough in a large enough Dutch oven, but you’re welcome to try it. I would think you may need to increase the baking time by 10 minutes. Perhaps try an additional 5 minutes at 375, and then add another 5 minutes to the baking time at 350. Does that make sense? I’d love to know how this turns out. Best wishes! Maybe Melissa will join us hear to tell the details of her experience.

  • Hi I’m always trying different kinds of sourdough recipes can I bake this in the Square pans with slide on lids? or on a baking stone?

    • Hi Yvonne, I’ve never baked this bread in a pan with a slide on lid, but for sure you may bake it on a baking stone, which is how I first made this bread long ago. Here are my additional instructions for baking this bread on a baking stone: After the first rise, gently divide the dough in half. Shape each into an oval ball and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Cover and allow to rise for 1-2 hours until puffy. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 425 degrees.

      Spray the loaves with lukewarm water. Slice two fairly deep horizontal slashes in each. Bake on a hot baking stone for 20 minutes until they are a deep golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes 2 loaves.

    • Hi Diana, Thank you for contacting me about this. While I have never tried making the recipe without sugar, you should be able to do so. The sugar helps activate the natural yeast, so you might expect different rising times. Please let me know how it turns out.

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