Enjoy this simple sourdough bread recipe that requires no kneading and delivers a delicious rustic flavor. Serve a warm slice with toppings like vegan butter, jam, compote, avocado, or hummus.
Mix the starter with water and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour and any optional add-ins, like seeds or olives. Mix everything together until the dough is well combined.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a large plastic bag and let the dough rise at room temperature for 18-22 hours, or until it doubles in size.
Once the dough has risen enough, sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and on your hands. Take a portion of dough from the bottom to stretch and fold it about 5 or 6 times.
Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to a parchment-lined bowl that’s about the same size as the Dutch oven you’ll bake it in, and let it rise again for another 2-3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 450°F. While it’s heating, place a Dutch oven inside to warm it up as well.
Transfer the dough to the hot Dutch oven, and score the top with a sharp knife or sourdough bread lame to allow steam to escape. Sprinkle the top with additional flour before placing it in the oven for decoration.
Bake the sourdough bread with the lid on for 35 minutes, then remove the lid and bake it for another 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Allow the loaf to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing it.