Bread Maker Sourdough

I really want to call this sourdough on speed, but I was not sure what caliber of readers I would attract with that name. I have tested and tested and retested this recipe to make 100% sure that it does not fail. Inge commented on twitter (@inge_loker) how long her sourdough took to make and I can promise that if you don’t have two (or more) days and you do have a bread maker, that you can make this great tasting sourdough loaf knowing it will not fail you. My stepson James has been the recipient of all the testing loaves which has been great as not one loaf has gone to waste. I am still determined to make bread in my bread maker with my starter and rye flour, but that is for another day. Given that our winter weather does not allow me to make sourdough bread the old fashioned way, and that I have a very expensive bread maker that I am determined to get a lot of use out of, I am more than pleased at how well this recipe works, and by how little time I had to spend making the bread.

Bread Maker Sourdough Bread and Black Cherry And Thyme Jam
Sourdough Bread and Black Cherry And Thyme Jam
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Sourdough Bread For The Bread Maker

Recipe Category: Bread
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


To feed your starter

  • 125 mls starter
  • 250 mls white bread flour
  • 240 mls water

For the bread

  • 150 g fed starter
  • 250 g water
  • 25 g olive oil
  • 500 g white bread flour, divided
  • 10 g fine salt
  • 10 g yeast


To feed your starter

  • Place your starter into a bowl and add 60mls flour and 60mls water
  • Cover with cling film and leave to stand for an hour
  • Repeat until all the flour is used up
  • Leave to stand for an hour

For the bread

  • Place 150g fed starter into your bread maker tin
  • add the water and the olive oil and half the flour
  • Add the salt and the rest of the flour
  • Add the yeast
  • Place the tin into your bread maker and set for a standard 750g loaf using the darkest crust setting


You can add 100g mixed seeds to the nut dispenser and select the nut setting (or add at the beeps if you don’t have a nut dispenser)

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40 thoughts on “Bread Maker Sourdough

  1. I’ve been meaning to get into sourdough baking for ages – and I’ve recently acquired a bread maker (which I LOVE) so I’m really happy to see a way of combining the two.

  2. this bread looks fantastic Tandy–love the adition of all the seeds–need to do a bit of spring cleaning so i can find some space and then go out and buy a bread maker–or i can just wait for summer and try it the old fashioned way–but i am going to try it

    1. It should be a lot easier to bake bread in Joburg the old fashioned way, if you have a nice warm spot in your kitchen for the proving 🙂

  3. What a yummy looking story! I love adding thyme to fruit dishes, it really seems to match well, I would just LOVE to try your jam, and I have never dded nuts to my bread… I will have to fix that!

  4. Mmm…Mmm…the bread looks absolutely delicious. Nothing beats a nice home made slice of bread still warm out the oven with a little butter and jam : )

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