Best Bread Machine Sourdough

Recipe by todgeimer
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins


  • 1
    cup sourdough starter, you must have a starter available
  • 34
    cup water, warm about 110F
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 1
    tablespoon active dry yeast (not rapid rise yeast)
  • 3
    tablespoons oil
  • 2
    teaspoons salt


  • Put first 4 ingredients in bread machine and stir gently. (yes, this works…).
  • Let sit for about 10 minutes. Starter should start to bubble a little.
  • Add flour, then spread oil and salt evenly over the flour.
  • Select basic course or following custom settings if your bread maker has them:
  • Custom settings for Zojirushi BB-CEC20: Preheat - 20 Minutes ( I start cycle after mixing first four ingredients then add remaining three ingredients after ten minutes), Knead - 20 minutes, Rise1 - 40 minutes, Rise2 - 40 minutes, Rise3 - OFF, Bake - 58 minutes Medium or Dark crust setting ( I use medium), Keep warm - OFF.
  • Check a few minutes into kneading and add flour or water as needed to get a just slightly tacky dough that sticks to your fingers like a strong post it note and stretches smoothly without tears when kneading. Sourdough bread dough is a little gloopier then regular white bread.
  • See directions for making a starter or order a starter online.
  • Like all sourdough breads wait until at room temperature before cutting or insides will clump up and tear the insides out of the loaf.