First Timer Simple Artisan Sourdough Loaf

Last Updated on August 31, 2023 by Gabby Hatten

While I am not a pro by any means, and would actually consider myself a novice on this sourdough journey… I have spent way too much time in the kitchen testing recipes and have had my fair share of a failed loaf.. or two or three. When I was a true beginner, I found most recipes overwhelming and unnecessarily complex. But after many trials and tribulations, I believe I’ve got the perfect combination!

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In regards to my sourdough starter, I made sure to get mine going for a good 3 whole weeks before trying to use it. If you don’t want to wait, you can purchase starter from many many places on the web! From TikTok to Etsy, it’s everywhere.

Before we get to the recipe, I do want to touch on the rise of sourdough!

The Rise of Sourdough Baking: Unveiling Its Benefits

In recent years, there has been a remarkable resurgence in the world of baking, with a particular focus on sourdough. This ancient bread-making technique has captured the imagination of home bakers and food enthusiasts alike, captivating them with its unique flavors, rustic appeal, and numerous health benefits. Beyond being a simple baking trend, sourdough baking represents a return to tradition and an appreciation for the art and science of bread making. In this blog post, we will delve into the rise of sourdough baking, exploring its fascinating history and unveiling the incredible benefits that come with embracing this time-honored craft.

The Art and Science of Sourdough:

Sourdough bread has been around for centuries, tracing its origins back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The secret behind its distinctive flavor and texture lies in the natural fermentation process, which utilizes wild yeasts and lactic acid bacteria present in the environment. Unlike commercial yeast, sourdough starter is a living culture that requires regular feeding and care. This symbiotic relationship between flour, water, and microorganisms creates a natural leavening agent, resulting in bread with a rich, tangy taste, and a chewy, airy crumb.

Superior Digestibility and Nutritional Value:

One of the most remarkable benefits of sourdough bread is its enhanced digestibility compared to commercially produced bread. During the fermentation process, beneficial bacteria break down complex carbohydrates and proteins, making them easier for our bodies to digest. This pre-digestion of gluten, combined with the presence of beneficial bacteria, may make sourdough a more suitable choice for individuals with gluten sensitivities.

Moreover, sourdough fermentation increases the bioavailability of essential nutrients in the bread, such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins. It achieves this by neutralizing certain anti-nutrients and activating enzymes that aid in nutrient absorption. This makes sourdough bread a wholesome and nutrient-rich option for those seeking a well-rounded diet.

Long Shelf Life and Natural Preservation:

Sourdough bread possesses an impressive ability to stay fresh for extended periods without the use of artificial preservatives. The lactic acid produced during fermentation acts as a natural preservative, inhibiting the growth of mold and other harmful bacteria. The acidity of sourdough bread also helps regulate the glycemic index, leading to more stable blood sugar levels compared to conventional bread.

Connection to Tradition and Mindful Baking:

In a fast-paced world where convenience often reigns supreme, the process of sourdough baking offers a way to reconnect with tradition and practice mindfulness. From creating and nurturing a sourdough starter to the hands-on shaping and baking, every step in the process demands attention and care. The slower pace and mindful engagement involved in sourdough baking can be therapeutic, providing an outlet for creativity and an opportunity to disconnect from digital distractions.

Final Thoughts:

As the popularity of sourdough baking continues to soar, it is clear that this ancient bread-making technique has much more to offer than just a tasty loaf. Beyond its exceptional flavors and textures, sourdough bread brings forth a range of health benefits, improved digestibility, and a connection to tradition and mindful baking practices.


Simple Artisan Sourdough

this is the perfect recipe for those just getting into the world of sourdough baking!
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 52 minutes
Serving Size 6


  • dutch oven
  • parchment paper
  • kitchenaid mixer


  • 450 grams all purpose flour
  • 300 grams room temp water
  • 150 grams active sourdough starter
  • 21 grams raw honey
  • 1 pinch Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Make sure your kitchenaid is fitted with the dough hook, and add all your ingredients to the bowl. Mix on low (I use the 2 setting) for about 8 minutes.
    (If you do not have a mixer, you can knead by hand! It will take you 10-15 minutes)
  • Your dough should be in a ball on the hook, pulling away from the bowl and not leaving any dough behind.
  • Coat a mixing bowl with a light drizzle of oil, or a light dusting of flour. Plop your dough into the bowl, cover with a tea towel, and let rise for 45 minutes.
  • After the first rise, it's time to do stretch and folds. (See here for a video tutorial)
  • Cover with a tea towel for another 45 minutes before doing another set of stretch and folds and letting rise for at minimum 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface, and plop your dough onto it. Now, you're going to stretch your dough and press it out into a rectangle shape. Next, you're going to fold it like an envelope. Once you have your envelope, you're going to roll it it until you have a ball.
  • Take the ball, and do the 'push pull' with your hands until the ball becomes smooth, and tight. This is a bit tricky if you're just getting started, so watch this video for a visual! The more you do it, the easier it gets (:
    Once it it shaped, you can place it into a banneton while your dutch oven pre-heats *OR YOU CAN LET FERMENT IN FRIDGE OVERNIGHT IF MAKING AHEAD. THIS IS MY PERSONAL PREFERRED METHOD AND WILL YIELD BEST RESULTS*
    Once your Dutch oven is ready, place the dough onto a piece of parchment paper, score however you like. Get fun with your designs!
  • Once oven is pre-heated to 450℉, remove your dutch oven. Use the parchment paper as a sling to place your bread into it. Put lid back on and place into the oven for 30 minutes.
    Remove your dutch oven lid, and bake an additional 15 minutes.
    When that 15 minutes is up, you're going to remove your dutch oven and place bread on a cooling rack for at minimum one hour.
  • Once cooled, you can slice and enjoy!

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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