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Sourdough French Bread

This sourdough bread uses both sourdough starter and yeast.

Course Side Dish
Keyword bread
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rising time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 loaves


  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1.5 cups warm water 110 degrees F
  • 5-5.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornmeal


  1. In large mixing bowl, add yeast to warm water. Blend in 2 cups of flour and the sourdough starter, sugar, butter, and salt.

  2. Combine 1 cup of flour with baking soda then add to dough in mixing bowl. Add enough remaining flour to make stiff dough.

  3. Move dough to floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes or until dough is smooth. Place in greased bowl, turning one to grease top of dough. Cover with damp cloth and let rise in warm spot for 1.5-2 hours or until doubled in size.

  4. Punch risen dough and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in two and shape two long loaves. Grease cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place dough on pan and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled. Brush top of loaves with water. With sharp knife, cut diagonal lines in bread. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

    Place baked bread on cooling rack and let cool competely before slicing.