Sourdough Starter

You can't make Sourdough without your starter. This recipe helps you through the ins and outs of creating your own, and it'll be so worth the patience!

Difficulty Medium
Time 6 days
Diet Vegetarian
  • Day 1
  • 75ml fresh, live, full-fat, plain yoghurt

    175ml skimmed milk

  • Day 2
  • 120g strong white flour

  • Day 4
  • 180g strong white flour

    100ml water

    40ml milk

  • Day 5
  • 150g strong white flour

    150ml water

Day 1

Heat the milk on a gentle heat.

Place the yoghurt into a bowl and stir in the warmed milk.

Cover and leave in a warm place for 24 hours until thickened.

Day 2-3

Stir the flour into the yoghurt mix, incorporating evenly.

Cover and leave at room temperature for two days.

The mixture should then be full of bubbles.

Day 4

Add the flour to the starter with the water and the milk.

Cover and leave at warm room temperature for 24 hours.

Day 5

The starter should now be full of little bubbles.

Remove half of the starter and discard.

Add the flour and the water to the remaining starter and mix thoroughly.

Cover and leave at warm room temperature for 24 hours.

Day 6

The starter should now be ready to use.

You can keep the starter at room temperature, but if so you will need to feed it daily - do this by combining equal parts of the starter, water and flour and mixing thoroughly.

You may need to discard some of the starter so that you do not end up with too much.

Keep your starter covered and use as needed.

If baking less often then you can keep the starter covered in the fridge, feeding it once every five days or so with the method above.


You can freeze some of your finished starter too, as a back up in case you need to start the process again.

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