Tips index


On this website I have a collection of various tips and guides based on questions I have been asked, and my own discoveries and experiences, to assist your sourdough baking, so to make it easy and faster for you to find the answers you may seek, I have created this index of tips and posts, I hope it’s useful…

You will also find answers to more of your direct questions on my FAQ page here, and even more help and support in my book, The Sourdough Whisperer.

Why does my dough spread? This post is possibly the most helpful one I’ve ever written for many people, it will help you to diagnose why your loaf baked wide and flat, or why your dough may be too soft, or has spread when you turn it out to bake, or be impossible to score. Click here to read the post.

What aren’t you telling me? This post is all about that missing piece of the puzzle that you may not realise is your answer or tweak to your sourdough success. Click here to read the post.

Some of my most repeated and top top tips.. Click here to read the post.

Top tips for new sourdough bakers.. my top tips for anyone new to a sourdough starter. Click here to read the post.

Don’t overthink it.. it’s easy to do I know, but resist! Click here to read the post.

How long? I am often asked ‘how long…’ will a starter be ready, or a dough, this page help to answer that question. Click here to read the post.

Don’t blame your starter.. when a loaf doesn’t turn out as a baker expects the first instinct is to blame the starter and it’s actually rarely the reason. Click here to read the post.

How to make a starter.. the step by step guide. Click here to read the post.

How to boost a starter.. steps for boosting a sluggish starter. Click here to read the post.

Starters and how they look.. because they all look different! Click here to read the post.

How to dry out starter… a guide to drying out some starter for long term storage and back up. Click here to read the post.

How to make multiple doughs and loaves at once.. Click here to read the post.

How to make sourdough in hot temperatures.. Click here to read the post.

How to make sourdough in hot and humid environments.. Click here to read the post.

How to score successfully.. tips for scoring doughs. Click here to read the post.

Is your pan big enough? The ones you use to bake can make a difference. Click here to read the post.

A simple tool for judging if your dough is fully proved.. Click here to read the post.

How to bake from a cold start.. never preheat your oven ever again! Click here to read the post.

Talking about dough.. hints and tips about doughs. Click here to read the post.

Talking about sticky doughs.. Click here to read the post.

Can I freeze my dough? Yes you can! Click here to redd the post.

Making and baking timetables.. Click here to read the post.

All about flour.. Click here to read the post.

Storing baked loaves.. Click here to read the post.