8 Mistakes To Avoid While Baking Sourdough Bread


Welcome to the world of sourdough bread baking! As an experienced baker, I've made my fair share of mistakes. Let me share 8 common ones to avoid.


1. Not using a kitchen scale. Baking is a science and accurate measurements are crucial. Invest in a good scale and follow the recipe precisely.


2. Skipping the autolyse step. This is when you mix flour and water and let it rest. It helps develop gluten and improves the texture of your bread.


3. Using tap water. Chlorine in tap water can kill the natural yeast in your starter. Use filtered or bottled water for best results.


4. Not feeding your starter regularly. A healthy starter is the key to a successful sourdough bread. Feed it at least once a week to keep it active.


5. Overproofing your dough. It's tempting to let your dough rise for longer, but it can lead to a flat and dense loaf. Follow the recipe's proofing time.


6. Not shaping your dough properly. A well-shaped dough will result in a beautiful loaf with a good rise. Watch tutorials and practice to perfect your technique.


7. Baking at the wrong temperature. Every oven is different, so invest in an oven thermometer to ensure the right temperature for your bread.


8. Cutting into your bread too soon. As tempting as it may be, let your bread cool completely before slicing. This allows the crumb to set and prevents a gummy texture.


Avoid these mistakes and you'll be on your way to baking the perfect sourdough bread. Happy baking!