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Easy Sourdough Bread

Easy Sourdough in the Bread Machine

This Easy Sourdough Bread in the bread machine is a simple solution for busy people. Make a really delicious sourdough style loaf without the work involved in looking after a sourdough starter.
Course Baking
Cuisine American, British
Keyword bread, bread machine, breadmaker, easy, overnight, recipe, sourdough
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting and Proving 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 160kcal
Author Janice Pattie


  • bread machine
  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking sheet


For the starter

  • 200 ml water
  • 175 g strong white flour
  • 50 g wholemeal flour
  • 1/4 tsp yeast fast action

Bread Ingredients

  • 120 ml water
  • 225 g strong white flour
  • 50 g wholemeal flour
  • 25 g rye flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp yeast fast action


  • Put the starter ingredients into the machine, put on the dough program.
  • Leave in the unopened machine for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight after the end of the cycle. The longer you leave it the stronger the flavour. You can transfer the pan to a warmer room if necessary and cover it with a clean tea towel.
  • Add the remaining ingredients
  • Put on the dough program.
  • If you wish to bake the bread in the bread machine and not the oven, then set to a baking program at this point.
  • When the programme is complete remove dough and knock-back, make into a round and leave to prove. for an hour until it has doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured baking sheet. Slash the top of the bread with a sharp knife several times and bake for about 40 mins.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling tray until completely cold.


Our bread machine is in a cooler part of our utility room. So when I am leaving the starter to rise overnight, I bring it into the warmer kitchen. 
You can bake this bread in your bread machine, but the crust and texture will not be the same. 


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg