Basic Sourdough Starter Recipe

Sourdough starters have been around for centuries. They are made from flour, yeast, and water, and they provide the basis for many delicious sourdough breads. A basic sourdough starter requires only a few ingredients and takes just a few days to make. Once your starter is active, all you need to do is replenish it with additional flour and water each week to keep it going.

Ingredients used:

For 1 people

  • 2 cups - Flour
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt
  • 3 tablespoons - Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon - Active yeast
  • 2 cups - Warm water

Recipe steps:

  • Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl and gradually add warm water to the mixture.
  • Stir the mixture until it resembles a smooth paste and cover the bowl with a towel.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place and stir the mixture several times a day for 2-3 days, until the sourdough is ready.
  • Store the sourdough starter in a plastic container with holes punched in the lid to allow gases to escape.
  • To make batter for a recipe, take out 1 cup of starter and add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Stir the mixture together and cover the bowl. Allow the batter to sit for a few hours or overnight.
  • Before using the starter, save at least 1/2 cup so it can be replenished.
  • To replenish the starter once a week, put all of the starter in a bowl and add 1/2 - 1 1/2 cup of flour and water.
  • If the starter begins to act weak, add 1 tablespoon of yeast when replenishing.
  • Be sure to completely clean the container that is used to store the starter every few weeks.

This basic sourdough starter recipe is easy to follow and requires minimal ingredients. It takes a few days to make, but it’s worth the wait! Once your starter is active, all you have to do is replenish it each week with additional flour and water. With this basic sourdough starter, you can make many delicious sourdough breads and other recipes. Enjoy!