Sourdough Starter

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  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey*
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large glass or ceramic bowl, stir honey or sugar into warm water until dissolved. Stir in yeast.
  2. Slowly add flour to mixture, whisking to combine, and cover with a towel or dishcloth. Do use a towel rather than plastic wrap so the wild yeast in your kitchen can "catch onto" the starter, but be sure to use a towel that you don't mind getting dirty. Leave in a warm place to develop. If you don't have a warm place, it should be fine, as my kitchen was cool when I made my starter.
  3. Let your starter sit out for 2-5 days, stirring once per day to reincorporate the liquid that will settle on top. Once your starter has stopped bubbling and has developed a sour aroma, stir it once again and place in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.


*For a vegan starter, use sugar instead of honey.