BFS/BaaS – basic loaf recipe

Based on my workshop during this year’s conference, here is the basic loaf recipe.

  • 3 cups of flour (rye / wheat, wholemeal / regular) – try different mixtures for different results. Regular white flour (wheat) will give you the basic white loaf, 60:40 mixture of wheat:rye will give you a standard Czech loaf “Sumava”
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds (mixture of whole and crushed)
  • (optional) 1/2 cup of seeds (sunflower / hemp / chia / flax / pumpkin / ……)
  • 1/2 cup of sourdough starter

Mix all the ingredients and knead the dough, put in a rising basket, cover with a plastic bag. wait until the dough doubles in size, the time is very dependent on a lot of factors, usually takes between 3-8 hours.


Preheat the oven, transfer the risen dough on a preheated baking tray. Start baking on high (250 degrees)


spray a little bit of water inside the oven at the beginning – it will create vapor and will help the bread raise even more


turn to lower temperature (180 degrees) after 15 minutes.


Bake for another approx. 25 minutes (check the color). As soon as the loaf cools down a little bit it is ready to go!


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