Dan Lepard’s Starter and a No-Knead Sourdough Bread

Filed Under: Food and Drink, Recipes

I would love to be able to show you a picture of the bread I baked yesterday but for one thing, the bread is all gone. For another, the bread ended up looking rather homely due to the fact I didn’t take into account the amount of time required to do the recipe properly.


To the uninitiated, I’m not sure what you see but when I look at that big ole bowl, I see a very active sourdough starter that wants me to mix it with some water and flour and create a party in my mouth.

I have three links for you.

Apparently Dan Lepard is a big deal in the food world. To me he was just a nice guy on Twitter who would talk to me about bread. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss since I’m not sure I would have ever spoken to him if I had known he’s famous. He’s @Dan_Lepard if you’re wondering.
Dan pointed me to Azelia’s blog post when I complained my yogurt sourdough bread hadn’t had the sourdough taste I was wanting. The recipe is actually Dan’s–as you can tell from the title–and comes with step-by-step pictures. This is what I went by to create my starter and then I screwed it up a bit and had to veer off the path to save it but that’s a post for another day.
Lastly comes the method I used to create the sourdough bread today. This is a “No-Kneed” sourdough bread recipe because I’m lazy. Make sure you read the recipe all the way through–which you should always do but I always forget to do–since this recipe requires a lengthy fermentation [12-14 hrs] and then four hours of proofing. Even though I screwed up, the bread was still fabulous and no one gave me any lip about how dense mine turned out.

Thought you might like to try it out yourself.

**Edited to add picture**


  1. Jeremy tried to make some Sourdough bread a few weeks ago (b/c it’s my favorite bread of all breads, and he’s nice like that)… it took DAYS, maybe even a WEEK of screwing around w/ his starter and all the stuff he had to do to it before he ever had a loaf of bread to bake. The end result? He chucked it in the trash before I ever saw it on the cooling rack.

    Keep in mind my man is the shiznit with baking.

    So, I’m totally passing this post on to him in the hopes he’ll try again, because I’m selfish like that. I want my sourdough bread, made from scratch, hot from the oven and into mah belleh, now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I ended up having to play Amy the Scientist on it since I used low fat vanilla yogurt because I was too impatient to wait on going to the store and buying plain yogurt. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m going to go w/another method recipe. I just made the second loaf and followed the directions exactly but still ended up with a very hard loaf. Still eats, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m editing the post right now to put the loaf image in.

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