No-Knead Sourdough Bread

Recipe by Galley Wench




  • Mix together the dry ingredients in large non-metalic bowl.
  • In measuring cup mix together water and sourdough starter.
  • Mix in liquid until the flour is incorporated. The consistency should be firm and shaggy.
  • Cover with plastic and let sit on the counter for 16-18 hours at room temperature, about 70°F (Note: At 70-75 degrees the bread leavens well and has the distinct sourness and flavor of sourdough. At more than 75 degrees the dough becomes too acidic which inhibits the wild yeast and leavens poorly. At much less than 70 degrees the dough leavens well but has a mild flavor. ).
  • With plastic scraper remove dough from bowl and gently place on floured surface.
  • Gently flatten dough into rectangle and fold the ends inward (like a letter).
  • Fold the sides inward and form a dough ball.
  • Place dough, seam side down, on parchment paper bowl or frying pan (helps to hold shape and cover loosely with a towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • If using proofing basket,spray the basket with non-stick oil and dust with flour or wheat brand and place dough directly in the basket.
  • Cover with towel and let rise about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Dough is ready when it will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
  • Thirty minutes before baking, place cast-iron Dutch Oven or La Cloche (with lids) in oven and preheat to 500 degrees.
  • With serrated knife place slits in top of loaf.
  • Remove pot or La Cloche from oven and carefully lift dough with parchment from bowl and transfer to La Cloche or Dutch Oven.
  • Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  • Replace lid and return to oven.
  • Turn oven to 475 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove cover; reduce heat to 450 degrees and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown; interior temperature should be 200 degrees and the bottom sounds hollow when thumped.
  • Remove from pan and cool completely on rack before cutting.