San Francisco Sourdough

Learn how to make our most popular bread, San Francisco Sourdough.   Cooking time: 50 Mins | Total time: 8-12 Hours

3 cups of bread flour
1 cup of sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 tsp of salt
Step 01 - Combine

1 cup of sourdough starter, 3 cups of bread flour, 1 1/2 cups of water

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sourdough starter, bread flour, and water. Mix until well combined and a shaggy dough forms.

STEP 02 - COVER AND REST

Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let it sit for 30 minutes to allow the flour to absorb the liquid.

STEP 03 - KNEAD

1 1/2 TSP Salt

After 30 minutes, add the salt to the dough and knead it for about 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic.

STEP 04 - PROVE

Place the dough back in the bowl, cover it with the towel, and let it rise for about 8-12 hours.

STEP 05 - PREHEAT

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) and place a Dutch oven or a heavy pot with a lid in the oven to heat up.

STEP 06 - BAKE

Once the dough has risen, carefully remove the preheated pot from the oven and place the dough inside.

Cover the pot and place it in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove the lid and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and has a hard crust.

STEP 06 - SLICE AND SERVE

Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Meet The Chef

Roz Bado

Roz Bado is Head Baker at Gails and their champion of sustainable baking.