Quick Sourdough Starter Recipe

This quick and easy sourdough starter is the base for some tasty sourdough recipes.

| Spring 2019

Photo by Getty Images/Sohadiszno.

Yields 1 portion.


  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 F)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. In a glass measuring cup, combine water and sugar. Stir in yeast, and let proof for 5 to 15 minutes, or until 1/2 inch of bubbly foam forms on top.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours. Add proofed yeast mixture and water, and stir to combine.
  3. Cover bowl loosely, and let stand at room temperature for 2 days, or until liquid separates and floats on top. At this point, the starter is ready.
  4. Place the starter in a crock or other non-metal container with a loose-fitting cover, and store it in the refrigerator until needed.

Note: Once a week, stir 1/3 cup water and 1/2 cup flour into the starter. Let stand at room temperature for 4 hours. Stir, and return to refrigerator.

For more baking ideas, visit Sourdough Recipes.



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