How To Make Sourdough Bread for the First Time | Video Tutorial

Want to make sourdough bread but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Join with me as I make my very first loaf of sourdough bread in a YouTube tutorial video from start to finish. This sourdough bread requires no yeast and no kneading! You only need sourdough starter, flour, water and salt!

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Why Sourdough?

I was chatting on the phone one day with one of my best friends, Angela, and she was talking about all of the beautiful loaves of sourdough bread she had been seeing on Instagram. I admitted I hadn’t spent much time scrolling IG lately, so I hadn’t noticed…but…being the DIYer that I am, I became super interested!

Truth be told, I knew nothing about sourdough bread, other than I liked the taste. So I started researching making your own sourdough starter at home via YouTube and many blog posts across the web. I admit, I attempted to make sourdough starter back in the winter – but it became rancid and molded because I forgot to feed it! Oops!

After watching hours of YouTube tutorials, all while I ran on the treadmill {follow along on my IG stories!}, I felt comfortable with creating my very own sourdough starter.

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While this post is not about creating your sourdough starter, I did successfully make my own starter at home over about a two-week process. It did take me longer to get my starter active and bubbly (typically about 7 days) I think because I wasn’t feeding it enough (flour and water) during it’s feeding times.

Be sure to check out my recipe for sourdough starter discard pancakes, because in that post I share how to create your own sourdough starter at home.

Sourdough Starter for Sourdough Bread | Gathered In The Kitchen

Let’s Make It Together!

Join with me as I make my first homemade sourdough bread. I’ll take you through the process of creating the dough, stretching and folding it, proofing it, and finally baking it.

Although the process was easy, it required time and patience, but it was well worth the day-long wait. In fact, my family devoured the freshly baked loaf in less than five minutes!

To begin, you do need to have a sourdough starter (image above). I created mine at home using flour and water. Reference this recipe for how to create your own starer.

Video Tutorial

I learn best by watching someone else do something – not by reading! 🙂 I hope you find my video tutorial, from start to finish, helpful!

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Sourdough Bread Recipe

Homemade Sourdough Bread Recipe | Gathered In The Kitchen

Sourdough Bread Recipe

Stephanie | Gathered In The Kitchen
Easy homemade sourdough bread from scratch.
5 from 5 vote
Prep Time 1 day 12 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf




Feed the Sourdough Starter

  • 4-12 hours before starting to make your dough, feed your sourdough starter (equal parts flour and water). Your starter should be active and bubbly before using

Prepare the Dough

  • Combine water, active starter, salt, and flour with a wooden spoon in a large mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap to allow the dough to rest and the flour to hydrate

Stretch and Fold

  • While the dough is still in the bowl, gently pull up on one side of the dough ball and stretch the dough until it is able to be pulled over itself. Fold down. Repeat on all sides of the dough ball – about 4 to 6 times. Cover again with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Repeat the stretch and fold process for a second time 30 minutes later. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit fir another 30 minutes.
  • Repeat the stretch and fold process for a third time 30 minutes later. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 6-12 hours to double in size.

Shape Dough

  • Once the dough has double in size, it is time to shape it. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough onto itself to create a circle.
  • Place the dough in a lightly floured bowl, cover with plastic wrap, set in a warm place and let rise for another 6-12 hours.

Scoring the Dough

  • Using a lame or serrated knife, carefully create a beautiful design in the dough by gently scoring the dough.
  • Form dough into a round or oval shape. Lightly dust the top off the dough with all-purpose flour.


  • Set oven to 500°F. Note: I did not preheat my oven to 500°, I placed my bread in the oven around 350°. Either method is fine)
  • Place the dough onto the bread cloche pan or in the bottom of a dutch oven (you may choose to line the bottom of either of these pans with parchment paper). Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from oven when done baking, slice and enjoy! Serve with butter or jam.


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