The Best Bread Makers for Sourdough Bread

The Ultimate Guide

Sourdough bread, that uniquely favoured loaf, is always a crowd-pleaser. But what you might not know is that to make this type of bread requires a little extra work.

Most people that use their bread makers tend to bake a regular white or brown loaf, that requires generic yeast bought from the supermarket. Sourdough, on the other hand, requires what is known as a ‘starter’ to leaven the bread. The natural fermentation of the starter yeast is what gives sourdough its slightly acidic taste. A starter needs to be fermented and fed over the course of 5-7 days and if done right, you’ll have the perfect base for your sourdough bread.

Sourdough bread required a longer raising time compared to bread made using yeast and is typically baked in an oven rather than a bread maker. Because of this, there are not that many bread machines that have the ability to make a sourdough loaf. You will need a bread maker that has specific settings fit for sourdough bread. It has been a long search with a lot of sourdough starter being used, but we have finally found the best bread maker for sourdough bread! We tried and tested 2 bread makers that have the right adjustments for your sourdough loaf. Have a read!

You can’t really fault Breville kitchen equipment and this bread maker is no different. It’s consistently one of the best bread makers out there and a favourite of ours. It is one of the most versatile bread makers with 13 different settings, varying from your basic bread setting to even a jam setting. You can also choose from 4 different loaf sizes, varying from 1 pound loaves to 2 pounds, as well as choosing from 3 different crust colours.

This is a very durable piece of equipment that boasts a sleek, stainless steel exterior with an LCD screen and built-in light so you can have a peek of your bread through the window. Inside you’ll find a non-stick bread pan and collapsible paddles that will collapse before the baking process so your bread will come out nice and smooth without a hole at the bottom.

What makes this bread maker ideal for sourdough bread are the adjustable settings. This allows you to customise the time for your sourdough bread. There is also a setting that is specifically designed for baking sourdough. All you need to do is put the bread maker on the crusty loaf setting and the delayed time allows you to put in the desired baking time for your sourdough bread. Easy!

Baking tip: If you love to add extra ingredients to your loaf, this Breville machine is perfect for you. There is an automatic dispenser that will dispense your favourite herbs, fruits and nuts into your loaf during the kneading process!

The Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Breadmaker with 10 programme settings is another favorite of ours. It may look like something out of the early 2000s with a little lack finesse, but don’t be fooled, when it comes to bread this little machine knows what it is doing.

What makes this bread maker stand out from the rest is it’s two kneading paddles. It ensures that all the ingredients are mixed and kneaded to perfection. It also has a longer loaf tub, making it possible to shape your dough in various different ways. And with the capacity of up to 2 pounds, there will always be plenty of bread to go around!

Another great feature is it’s heating elements, something which other bread makers do not have. Its top heating element ensures that you’ll have a perfectly even crust all around your loaf. Although it does not have an automatic ingredient dispenser like the Breville, keep an eye (or ear…) our for the beeps that will let you know when it’s ready for the ingredients to be added manually.

The best feature of all, which makes it one of the best bread makers for sourdough bread, is that it has its own sourdough setting! It can make the sourdough starter and you can manually adjust the time, meaning you’ll have perfectly baked sourdough bread each time.

The quality of the bread is guaranteed to be top-notch each time, whether you want a quick bake in just a few minutes or a tasty sourdough. It may not be as budget-friendly as other machines, but if you’re serious about your bread making, this is a great investment!

Baking tip: For added bonus, you get measuring cups and spoons with your Zojurishu Bread Maker.

The Verdict

The 2 bread makers we reviewed have one thing in common; they have adjustable time settings. This is essential for sourdough bread as it does not rise and bake at the same time as bread made with yeast. Sourdough required a slower rise so being able to manually adjust the time is ideal.

So, when picking the best bread maker for sourdough bread it really comes down to the size, price, and settings of each bread machine. If you want an appliance that offers more than just your regular bread, the Breville is a no brainer. The fact that it has a setting that can be used for sourdough bread is ideal as you won’t have to do much yourself. But, if you are wanting quality, top-class bread then go for the Zojirushi. It’s consistently reviewed as making the best quality bread, even better than the Breville! Your choice!

Happy baking!

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