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Sourdough Loaf

Perfect Sourdough Loaf from Shipton Mill's Head Baker, Chris Holister

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Bread flour 450g
Wholemeal 50g
Starter 100g
Water 350g (around 40C)
Salt 10g


Place all ingredients except the salt into the bowl.

Mix well until all the ingredients are well incorporated, cover and leave for 30mins to autolyse.

Next add the salt and a tablespoon of water, work this well into the dough and then cover and leave for 3-4hrs folding every hour. Once ready the dough should feel nice and pillow and increased in volume by a third.

Tip out on to a lightly floured work surface and shape into a round.

Place into a floured basket and leave out for 1 hour before placing in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the oven and casserole pan to 250C.

Flip the loaf out of the basket on to some parchment and slash.

Lift the loaf on the parchment paper into your hot casserole pot and place in the oven with the lid on for 30 mins.

Remove the lid and continue to bake for 15-20mins until you get the desired colour.

Place on a wire rack to cool for at least an hour.

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Tags: Bread Sourdough

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I have followed Chris Holister's sourdough recipe twice, very carefully, following the processes shown in the film. On each occasion so far, after overnight rising the dough looks good, filling the banneton, but it is much softer than shown in the film. Too soft to slash, and when turned out it is more like a pancake than a loaf. Any ideas?! The starter looked good on each occasion.

Mr Robert Caldicott 20 July 2020

No kneading?

Hello, you don't really knead the dough? I thought that was crucial to develop the gluten and prevent it from collapsing? Does the folding substitute for kneading? thanks,

Colin 17 July 2020


Hello, do you cover the dough when I goes in the fridge?

Grumpybaker 08 July 2020

After the fridge

Do you bake straight from the fridge or leave on the side for a period of time before putting in the casserole/oven please?

SLT 02 July 2020

RE: After the fridge
Hi, we put it straight into the hot casserole from the fridge as it keeps its shape and doesn't overprove. Let us know if you try it! Alix

webmaster 06 July 2020

sour dough starter

please can you tell me how to make the starter for sour dough bread? Thank you Anne

anne hawkings 01 July 2020

RE: sour dough starter

Hi Anne,

Here's a recipe for our head baker's starter recipe (click the link). It takes a bit of time to get going but is quite robust once you do. Happy baking! Alix

webmaster 06 July 2020

Sourdough Loaf, Chris Holister's recipe

I have tried to make sourdough several times in the past with varying degrees of failure. Now, however, having just seen your video using a cast iron casserole dish I am tempted to have another go. Just one question, what size is the pot used for making this size loaf (500g flour)?

Missbabs 29 June 2020

RE: Sourdough Loaf, Chris Holister's recipe

Hi, we used a 24cm round casserole dish for this loaf. Hope you give it a go! Alix

webmaster 06 July 2020

Shipton Mill Sourdough

Superb recipe & method, very simple to make. The recipe didn't state how much water to use but luckily it was mentioned in the video. Wonderful taste & texture. I used filtered water as it is better for the starter & I used fine polenta to dust & line my banneton basket which worked superbly well. The whole family loved it.. I make a lot of sourdoughs & this is one of the best I've tried..

Martin Pomfret 10 June 2020


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