Simple Whole-Wheat Sourdough Bread Recipe


| 1/25/2016 11:20:00 AM


Sourdough Loaf 

This is my go-to recipe for making our weekly bread. It provides consistent, crusty results, uses only three (ish) ingredients, and takes about 40 minutes of active time. It’s also 100 percent whole-wheat/whole grain, which is the rule for bread in our house. Don’t be put off by the 7 hours of time required — most of that is passive time while you wait for your bread to rise. 

Ingredients:

 • 5-8 oz of sourdough starter (see note below if you don’t have a starter culture yet)
• 1.5 teaspoons sea salt
• 11 oz filtered water (plus more water for kneading)
• 3-3.5 cups of whole-wheat flour
• Oil for greasing bread pan

Time required: About 40 minutes active, 6 hours passive

Yield: One loaf of delicious, crusty whole-wheat bread



Note: If you think you need to order a starter from the Internet, boil a potato, or use commercial yeast to get a solid sourdough starter, think again! It’s possible to capture the wild yeast from the very air inside your home and coach it into a dependable starter culture. All you need is filtered water, whole-wheat flour, and some time. Of course, if you have a starter already, you’re all set.



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