Mock Sourdough French Bread

"I found the original version of this recipe in the Betty Crocker Bread Cookbook about 25-30 years ago and have pretty much given up on making my own sourdough, since this is a good as all but the very best sourdough breads around. Cooking time includes rising time."
photo by Linajjac photo by Linajjac
photo by Linajjac
Ready In:
2hrs 30mins
8 small loaves




  • Heat yogurt to lukewarm (110 degrees F).
  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, stir in yogurt, sugar, salt, oil and 2 cups flour, and beat until smooth.
  • Stir in enough additional flour to make dough easy to handle.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding more flour as necessary, to obtain a firm, non-sticky sough.
  • Place in oiled bowl, and turn to oil top of dough.
  • Cover, and let rise in warm place until doubled in volume.
  • Punch down dough, divide into 8 equal parts, knead each one, and flatten into a 4"x6" rectangle.
  • Roll up, beginning on one of the long sides, excluding any air bubbles.
  • Pinch edge of dough firmly into roll to seal, press each end firmly to seal, and fold ends under.
  • Place loaves, seam side down, on greased cookie sheets sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Brush or spray tops with cold water, and cut three diagonal slices across top of each loaf with a sharp knife or razor blade.
  • Let rise until doubled, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Brush or spray loaves with cold water, and sprinkle pepper into slashes if desired.
  • Bake until loaves sound hollow when rapped on the bottom or when they reach an internal temperature of 190 degrees F on an instant reading thermometer, about 35 minutes, brushing or spraying with cold water every 10 minutes.
  • Cool on wire rack before wrapping.
  • Recipe can be doubled successfully, and bread freezes very well.
  • Thaw to room temperature and heat unwrapped in oven to restore the crisp crust.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. ScrumptiousWY
    Really good! I was skeptical because I've tried other mock sourdough recipes using sour cream, vinegar, yogurt, you name it...but none ever tasted very sour. This recipe uses much more yogurt than previous ones I'd tried and you can taste the difference. It's still not SUPER-sour like the kind you get in San Fransisco (hence 4 stars instead of 5), but VERY good for a "mock" version & so much easier than traditional methods. I added 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice concentrate for additional tang, and will probably double that next time as it didn't seem to hurt the rising. Fabulous crunchy crust and nice soft yet sturdy inner texture. Reheat leftovers in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes or so to re-create the fresh baked flavor & crisp crust. Definitely a keeper!
  2. LonghornMama
    Good! And easy to make and work with. I used plain Greek yogurt. Followed the directions and made 8 small loaves which were moist and tender inside witout being heavy, crunchy on the outside. Next time I'd try making two large loaves. My slashes were a litte too deep, next time I'll be more careful. Cornmeal was a nice touch. Seems like I always have yogurt to use up, and this is a great recipe which I'll use again. I didn't find it too sour, perfect served with dinner, and certainly easier than traditional sourdough. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  3. Linajjac
    This bread is delicious!! Loved the taste very much. We servrd these on burgers. WONDERFUL recipe! Thanks for sharing. :) I wish I snapped a picture of the loaves. But I did get a pic of the bread on the burgers.
  4. Liara
    This bread is great! Wonderful texture and great taste. This will definitely be made often. Thanks so much!
  5. angie_pangie
    Wow! I made this tonight, it's on my counter cooling right now. My husband and I ate some within in minutes of it coming out of the oven! I made this to dress up a basic casserole I'm making for dinner guests tomorrow night, but after the kids get hold of it, I might be baking again. Thanks for the great recipe!!


I WAS retired oilfield trash since 1999, who has lived in Houston TX for the last 25 years, though I'm originally from California. I'm Texan by choice, not by chance! I am now working in Algeria 6 months a year, so I guess that gives new meaning to the term SEMI-retired. I grew up in restaurants and worked in them for 13 years while getting through high school and college, working as everything from dishwasher to chef, including just about everything in between. At odd intervals I also waited tables and tended bar, which gave me lots of incentive to stay in school and get my engineering degree. During the 33 years since, I have only cooked for pleasure, and it HAS given me a great deal of pleasure. It's been my passion. I love to cook, actually more than I love to eat. I read cookbooks like most people read novels. My wife and I both enjoy cooking, though she isn't quite as adventurous as I am. I keep pushing her in that direction, and she's slowly getting there. We rarely go out to eat, because there are very few restaurants that can serve food as good as we can make at home. When we do go out, it's normally because we are having an emergency junk-food attack. My pet food peeves are (I won't get into other areas): are people who post recipes that they have obviously NEVER fixed; obvious because the recipe can't be made because of bad instructions, or that are obvious because it tastes horrible. I also detest people who don't indicate that a recipe is untried, even when it is a good recipe. Caveat emptor!
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes