Sourdough French bread

Here’s a recipe for making delicious sourdough French bread:


  • 1 cup active sourdough starter
  • 3 ½ cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the active sourdough starter and warm water. Mix until well combined.
  2. Add the bread flour and salt to the bowl. Stir the ingredients together until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise for 4-6 hours, or until it has doubled in size. You can also let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Once the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a baking stone or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper inside to preheat as well.
  6. Carefully transfer the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently shape the dough into a long baguette shape.
  7. Sprinkle a little flour on top of the shaped dough and score it with a sharp knife to create the signature cuts on the surface.
  8. Carefully transfer the shaped and scored dough onto the preheated baking stone or baking sheet.
  9. Bake the bread for about 25-30 minutes, or until it turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  10. Once the bread is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing and enjoying!

And there you have it! A homemade sourdough French bread recipe to delight your taste buds. Remember, the key to a successful sourdough bread is time and patience. Enjoy baking!