Your First Sourdough Test Loaf

Hello newbie sourdough bakers! You made your sourdough starter and now you want to make your first loaf of sourdough bread.

I made a whole series of videos to show how to make your own sourdough starter from day one all the way to baking your first loaf of bread.

So since you already have your starter, we’ll skip to day 12 and 13 when we make our first test loaf of sourdough bread.

First Sourdough Test Loaf:



The formula is here: Test Loaf downloadable version (longer version)

Sourdough Test Loaf Formula (short version)

Note: You need 120 grams of starter for the dough, so in the morning feeding 60 grams of starter with 60 grams of water and 60 grams of flour will give you enough for your formula and 60 grams left over to feed again.

  • 120 grams sourdough starter at 100% hydration (half white flour and half whole wheat flour)
  • 250 grams water
  • 400 grams bread flour
  • 9 gram sea salt

779 grams of dough at 67% hydration

Follow the videos to see what to do to make your first loaf of sourdough bread.

However, if you haven’t already made your sourdough starter you might want to see all of the videos. The rest of the videos also show how to make a starter, how feed and care for your starter, how to dry it out, store it, how to test it and what to look for when it’s mature etc. You’ll also learn to make sourdough waffles on day 7!

If you don’t have a sourdough starter yet, then begin HERE

If you want to make this test loaf using more whole grains see HERE

I know you’ll enjoy baking up your first loaf of sourdough!

Make your first loaf of sourdough bread!

Happy Baking, Teresa

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  1. Hello Theresa, I hope you do get this message, as i’m keen to make a sourdough loaf that tastes more sour than the overnight quick ferment. Can you direct me please to which loaf to try. I have made the fresh starter via your instructions over the 14 days, and have turned out a few of the 400 grams of bakers flour loaves. I’d like to take this a bit further with the outcome of more sour tasting loaves. Thanks for your guidance to the best loaf to try. Thank you. Carole Hutchinson.

    1. Hello Carole, my course “Bake San Francisco Style Sour Sourdough Bread” is what you need. It specifically focusses on the “sour” in sourdough. I have not yet uploaded that course to the membership site. However, since you are a yearly member, I will give you a free link to join the course from Udemy. Here is the link:
      Make sure to notice when you join the course that there is a revised version of the formula in section 4 (of the course), which is easier and has a better outcome. Please don’t share this link with anyone. Happy baking, Teresa

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