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Vegan Sourdough Sandwich Bread
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4.95 from 195 votes

The Best Sourdough Sandwich Bread, yeast-free

A wonderful, homemade sourdough sandwich bread with five ingredients and no added yeast. It's the perfect loaf -- fluffy and fresh and it slices -- and toasts -- beautifully.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Bread
Servings: 2 loaves



  • Place the sourdough starter in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add to it the wholewheat flour, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, and water. Mix well and set it aside, covered, in a warm place for four hours.
  • Add 2 cups of all-purpose flour, olive oil and salt and mix. Add more flour as you knead until the dough becomes quite firm but still feels a little sticky to your fingers.
  • Turn out the dough on the kitchen platform or any flat surface and knead by hand for 4-5 minutes or until the dough feels smooth and springy to your fingers and it barely sticks to the platform.
  • Shape into a ball and place in an oiled bowl, turning the ball of dough around once to coat the top with oil.
  • Cover tightly and place in a warm spot (like an oven with the light turned on) for at least two hours or until the dough has doubled.
  • Punch down the dough and divide into two. Prep two standard loaf pans by spraying lightly with oil and then sprinkling on some cornmeal or semolina.
  • Shape each portion of the dough into an oval. The dough should be very pliable and should shape easily.
  • Place each loaf into the prepared loaf pans. Cover with a kitchen towel and let them stand in a warm place for at least two more hours or until the dough rises above the top of the loaf pans.
  • About half an hour before baking, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place the loaves in the oven and bake 40 minutes.
  • Remove the loaves from the oven, turn them out on a rack, and let them cool thoroughly before slicing.