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Sourdough in a bread machine?

mareofearth's picture

Sourdough in a bread machine?

I have a National/Panasonic SD-BT153 breadmaker (Japanese language, which I do not speak)

It has a "Natural Yeast" Setting, as well as the standard Dry Yeast setting.


Can you make sourdough bread in a breadmaker, can anyone reccomend a recipe for a 0.9 kilo loaf? 

Which setting should I use, do you think?


Any help appreciated!



Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Was looking for a recipe but found only this:


Bread making just got infinitely easier in Japan with National's automated home bakery SD-BT153. Yes, it looks like a rice cooker, but more amazingly, it actually works pretty much just like one, too. All you have to do is put all your dry and wet ingredients--butter, sugar, water, yeast--in the silver container, close the lid, and press COOK. The menu on the left lets you pick what exactly you're making--French bread, loaf of soft bread, quick loaf, etc. It also makes pasta, cake, and mochi. Oh, and if you want to make raisin bread, there's a special little tray for nuts and raisins that will dispense them evenly into the bread as it cooks.


If you don't have a recipe, My advice is to try this for starters:

Try the setting for natural yeast and start with a recipe that contains 400g water, 480g AP flour, 10g salt, 10g honey or brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon butter, 20g firm starter.

Take the 20g firm starter and take from the above recipe 50g water, sugar, and water to make a soft dough, let stand room temp until it doubles domes and just starts to fall (4 -10 hrs). Then mix with 100g more water and flour to form a soft dough, let rise until doubled (4-8 hrs) (or cover and store in cool place overnight, but not the fridge, too cold!) Then put all ingredients left into the machine (water, flour, sd, butter, salt). Set on Natural yeast and see what happens...

Mini O

syllymom's picture

Wow, sourdough in a bread machine would be neat.  I use me bread machine depending on my day/time but just the dough cycle and than i take it out to shape, rise and bake.  I don't know how it can know the activity of sourdough yeast. 

StephenJ's picture

It is definitely doable. I have a Zojorushi and have no problems, it has a sourdough starter setting or you can just add your own starter. Beth Hensperger's The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook has about a dozen recipes for SD in bread machines. Or, just "google" bread machine, sourdough recipes and you should find one you may like to try.


Good luck 

squatteam's picture

Gold Miner's Sourdough Bread

1/2 cup starter
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup water+ 2 Tablespoons (14 Tbsps. total) -- 110º F / 45º C

All ingredients should be warm, at least to room temperature before starting.
Add ingredients in the order listed.
Select dough cycle.
Press start.
When the dough cycle finishes, set the machine for a delayed start cycle scheduled to complete in 10-12 hours.

This amount works in my machine but not sure the capacity (1 1/2# or 2#)

Best of luck, oz