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Sourdough Starter

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Jumpstart your bread baking with our easy Sourdough Starter recipe. It’s the starter that gives sourdough bread its tangy flavor and chewy texture. How do you make a Sourdough Starter? It's very easy, and once you make it, you can follow our sourdough starter instructions to care for it and replenish it so you can keep making delicious bread any time. There are only 4 sourdough starter ingredients, including yeast, water, flour and sugar. Simple! Soon you'll be making sourdough bread at home.
Updated Jan 22, 2021


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine or quick active dry yeast
  • 4 cups lukewarm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 3 cups Gold Medal™ All-Purpose Flour or Gold Medal™ Bread Flour
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


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    Dissolve yeast in warm water in large glass bowl. Stir in flour and sugar. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Cover loosely; let stand at room temperature about 1 week or until mixture is bubbly and has a sour aroma. Transfer to 2-quart or larger nonmetal bowl with tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate until ready to use. Care of Sourdough Starter: Use Sourdough Starter once a week or stir in 1 teaspoon sugar. After using starter, replenish it by stirring in 3/4 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon sugar until smooth. Cover loosely; let stand in warm place at least 1 day until bubbly. Cover tightly; refrigerate until ready to use.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    The first bread you'll want to use the Sourdough Starter recipe with is our Bread Machine Crusty Sourdough Bread . It's easy and you won't be able to get enough of the tangy flavor.
  • tip 2
    If you're looking to skip the starter process, try this homemade sandwich bread recipe for Gold Medal® Classic White Bread. Whether you enjoy it with your favorite deli meats or serve with jam, the soft airy texture is a favorite.
  • tip 3
    Now that you've made a few recipes, try a simple No-Knead Artisan Bread. All you need is 15 minutes of prep time and a few ingredients to create a bakery in your kitchen.


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