Speedy "Sourdough" French Bread

Aurora McBee


This is my version of a cheater sourdough. I've never had much luck keeping a starter alive, so for me this is the answer. The bread has a nice tanginess very like real sourdough.

This recipe comes out well using the bread machine to make the dough. And the recipe may be cut in half for a single loaf.


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1 Hr 30 Min
35 Min


  • 4-5 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 c
    very warm water (130 degrees)
  • 1 c
    sour cream, room temp
  • 2 Tbsp
    white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 4-1/2 tsp
    fast acting yeast

How to Make Speedy "Sourdough" French Bread


  1. Mix together warm water, sour cream, and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture. Blend together on low speed until moistened. Continue to blend on medium speed for 3-4 minutes.
  3. By hand stir in 2-3 more cups of flour until dough pulls cleanly away from bowl.
  4. On a well-floured surface knead in additional 1-2 cups of flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough ball in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a clean dish towel. Let rise in a warm (80-85 degree) place until doubled. Approx. 30 minutes.
  5. Grease a large sheet pan. Punch down dough and divide in half. Roll each half into a 14x8 rectangle. Roll, starting from a long side. Pinch seam and ends closed. Place seam side down on baking sheet. I have also shaped these loaves into rounds, typical of sourdough bread.
  6. With a sharp knife make 4-5 1/4 inch deep diagonal slashes in the top of each loaf. Cover with clean dish towel and let rise in warm place until doubled again. (Approx. 20 min.)
  7. Heat oven to 375*. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden and hollow sounding when tapped. Remove loaves immediately to a wire rack to cool.
  8. **NOTE: I often make this dough in my bread machine. Add ingredients in the order prescribed by your machine manufacturer and use the dough setting. I usually add 4 cups of flour to start. After the first rise, knead in any additional flour to obtain the standard elastic dough. Rest dough five minutes before rolling out and continue at Step 5.

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About Speedy "Sourdough" French Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American

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