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San Francisco Sourdough Starter

Submitted by: Kristina_Vanni

San Francisco Sourdough Starter
2008-12-10 Side Dish
4.9 98

This sourdough starter is made with active dry yeast, flour and water, and can be used to make many sourdough recipes.

  • Servings:


½ cup Warm Water
1 pkg Active Dry Yeast
2 cups Warm Water
2 cups Flour


Combine 1/2 cup water (85-90 degrees) with yeast in a small glass or plastic bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes or until foamy. In a glass or plastic bowl, use a wooden or plastic spoon to mix dissolved yeast mixture with 2 cups of warm water and flour. Cover container with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free area for 24 hours. Stir at least twice during this time period. Starter should be slightly bubbly and give off a delicious sour, yeasty aroma. The consistency will be that of a light pancake batter. Cover container and let stand in refrigerator for 24 hours before using.

Helpful Tips:

This recipe will make your sourdough starter, and from this starter you will create your sourdough batter. The leftover starter may be continuously fed for months and years. Like a fine red wine, it just gets better with age.