Make Ahead

Sweet Sourdough Bread

January 31, 2016
2 Ratings
Photo by Vera Kern
  • Makes 1 loaf
What You'll Need
  • 200 grams sourdough starter
  • 500 grams all purpose flour
  • 10 grams fresh yeast
  • 200 milliliters lukewarm milk
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 5 grams salt
  • 75 grams soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • cream to glaze
  1. Mix the sourdough, the milk and the fresh yeast in a big bowl.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, salt, egg and butter and knead by hand or a stand mixer on level 2 for about 10 minutes until you have a smooth dough that comes off the side of the bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl and let the dough proof for 1 hour.
  4. If working on a wooden counter, flour it a bit. I work on stone and I find the flour to prevent me from rolling the dough so I leave the work surface blank.
  5. Grease a baking pan.
  6. Divide the dough in three parts. I use a scale for this to get three even parts and the braid looks balanced.
  7. Roll each part into an about 35cm long log. Braid and transfer into the greased pan.
  8. Brush the braid with some cream, cover it and let if raise until it has doubled in size. For me this took about 90 minutes to two hours.
  9. Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F. Brush the loaf again with some cream and bake for 35 minutes.

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  • Vera Kern
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  • Jaryn

8 Reviews

chef January 8, 2024
Wonderful recipe as is. I appreciate the use of weight rather than a less accurate volume measurment.
Margaret S. July 6, 2020
This bread is delicious and a treat. It was fun to use my sourdough starter, and produce a soft, sweet bread. Highly recommend!
gabriela H. November 12, 2020
Did you make it with or without the cream? Just wondering...
Jaryn February 10, 2019
Could you please give measurements in cups not grams?
Vera K. February 11, 2019
I don't bake with cups, in my opinion, scales are far superior for baking. If you want to use cups, you can find converters from grams to cups all over the internet:
Jaryn February 11, 2019
That is not accurate. Every website has a different equivalent. I looked at numerous sites and none were consistent.
Vera K. February 11, 2019
If that is the case, what do you suggest I do? Bake many loaves with various conversions until it hits the spot? Why would I? I weigh my ingredients and it works for me. I'm not a service station nor do I make money by posting a recipe here.
Gammy August 25, 2019
Jaryn, Grams are a measurement of weight, measuring cups measure volume, (unless it is a liquid and that is the confusing part). The two are not equivalent, which is why you are finding different website offer different equivalents. Vera K. is correct, in baking, weight is far superior and more accurate than volume. In cooking, not so much. Your best bet is to treat yourself to a kitchen scale, you will be amazed at how much your baking will improve.