Sourdough Sandwich Bread
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Sourdough Sandwich Bread 

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sourdough sandwich breadI love the look of a free form artisan loaf of bread, but I found it tedious to bake enough loaves in a home oven at one time to feed our crew. So I changed my recipe around to bake it in a loaf pan and create a Sourdough Sandwich Bread! This way I can bake 6 loaves of sourdough bread at once and it’s a much more efficient use of my time!

Sourdough Sandwich Bread is a very customizable recipe to make your own. Swap some of the flour for whole wheat. Add in ½ cup of oats, or some seeds such as sunflower, sesame or flax! Add in raisins and cinnamon. As a guide, ½ cup of add-ins and you won’t need to change the recipe. One cup of flour can be swapped out for whole wheat without needing to tweak anything either.

Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Sourdough Sandwich Bread
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Sourdough Sandwich Bread

I love the look of a free form artisan loaf of bread, but I found it tedious to bake enough loaves in a home oven at one time to feed our crew. So I changed my recipe around to bake it in a loaf pan and create a Sourdough Sandwich Bread! This way I can bake 6 loaves of sourdough bread at once and it's a much more efficient use of my time!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Rising Time12 hrs
Total Time13 hrs 45 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 185kcal


  • 1/2-3/4 cup sourdough starter, if your starter is runny, add less, thick, add more
  • 1-2 Tablespoon honey or sugar, more honey/sugar makes a softer bread. Double this if you want a soft soft bread!
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil/fat of choice
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups white flour


Sourdough Sandwich Bread Dough

  • Mix starter, honey, salt, oil and water together in a mixer or by hand. I love my Danish dough whisk for this!
  • Add flour in until you have a kneadable consistency that either A.) The dough doesn't stick to side of mixer bowl or B.) Dough doesn't stick to your hands when you knead it.
  • Knead it for a few minutes then cover with a damp towel and choose your path for first rise depending on your schedule and weather. Warmth speeds up sourdough, cold slows it. This is all on counter unless specified

Winter Rising

  • Let the dough sit 12-18 hrs.
  • Shape the dough and allow to rise a second time for 2-3hrs.

Alternative Winter Rising

  • Let the dough sit 4-6 hrs.
  • Shape the dough and put it in the fridge to rise a second time for 12-18hrs.
  • Take out an hour before baking. Our laundry room is fridge-ish temp so we put them back there. Before baking when I use this method, I put bread pans in oven, turn oven on for 2 min then turn it off. Let sit in warm oven an hour, take out, then preheat oven for baking. This is my current favourite method.

Summer Rising

  • Let the dough sit 6-8 hrs.
  • Shape the dough and allow to rise a second time for 1-2 hrs.

Shaping Sourdough Sandwich Bread

  • After your first rise, its time to shape! Dump your dough onto a floured surface.
  • Press dough roughly into a 6x8inch rectangle, fold like a letter with long sides in, flip seam side down and let sit about 10 minutes. This is called a preshape/bench rest and makes your loaves taller!

Baking Sourdough Sandwich Bread

  • Prep your loaf pan by lining with parchment or greasing the pan.
  • After the bench rest, flip seam side up, press into  rectangle again but this time roll it up, and tuck sides under to make a tidy loaf, then put into the loaf pan.
  • Let rise for second rise depending on which path you choose.
  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Using your sharpest knife, slash the loaf by slicing a one inch deep line down the length of the bread. You can get artistic or just leave it at that. This allows the bread to expand and rise in the oven better.
  • Put pan into oven and bake for 25 min, turn around and then bake 20 more.
  • Remove bread from oven and put on a cooling rack. Remove from pan and let cool until around room temp. Its hard to wait but I promise its worth it! The bread is still finishing up baking as it cools.


I make this in a x6 recipe cause it's our favourite and freezes well!


Calories: 185kcal

More Sourdough Recipes

Once you’ve mastered working with sourdough you’ll find you’re wondering what other recipes you can try with it now? Here are my tried & true favorite sourdough recipes!

85 thoughts on “Sourdough Sandwich Bread 

    1. I have been baking with sourdough for decades, and this recipe is a keeper! It is flexible and always works (no matter the state of my starter or how I ammend it). Perfect!

  1. I’m new to sourdough this year and this is 100% my go to recipe! I’m so glad I found it because I’m sure it is a large part of my early success. I often triple it and make two plain loaves and one with a cinnamon swirl. ? I usually make it in the loaf pans, but I’ve also done many free form loaves and last bake I even tried proofing in a bowl with a floured towel and baking on my baking stone. It turned out great!

  2. This is the first recipe I ever made with sourdough and my family loved it! I am so thankful for the detail of the instructions. I love that it’s for a loaf pan, making it more practical for using for my family. This will be my go to recipe and I’ll start making it in bulk because the first loaf was gone in a day! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  3. Love this recipe, I bake a couple loaves for my family every week. I’ve tried so many sourdough sandwich bread recipes and this one is the best by far!

  4. I’ve tried many sourdough recipes, but this is the one I keep coming back to again and again (and it’s my husband’s favorite!)

    I’ve most recently started rolling with cinnamon and sugar and am perfecting getting the perfect swirl.

  5. I make this recipe weekly! I’ve tried many recipes and this one is by far the best. So happy I’ve came across this page.

  6. This is by far our favorite sourdough recipe. I also make 6 loaves at a time and it freezes beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe

  7. LOVE THIS BREAD! My go-to was the Tartine country sourdough boule, but this recipe has replaced it! SO easy and forgiving. Easy to multiply recipe. Delicious. Sometimes I add raisins and cin/sugar swirl. Thank you Kate!

  8. Awesome recipe! This has been my go-to sandwich breakfast recipe for my family. I can’t wait to give the new one a try!

  9. Amazing loaf. This recipe made me switch to never buying store bought again for school lunches. The kids love it!

  10. This is my go to recipe for a loaf of sourdough bread! I love adding in a 1/4 cup of hemp hearts or rolled oats or other seeds! My kids always love this bread and it is such an easy, go to recipe!

  11. I made my starter this week following your Instagram stories and made this loaf today. I am so impressed with how well it turned out for my first time. Thank you!

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