Recipe For Whole Wheat Bread

There were a few things that I was not sure of when I started working with my sourdough and one of them was whether or not I could make bread using my bread maker. This proved to be a great success and I often make the dough for my rolls in the bread maker as well. Another thing I was not sure of was whether or not I could freeze my starter, Last October when we went overseas I placed Cordelia (my sourdough starter) into a honey jar and put her into the freezer. I left her there until December and I was most surprised at how well she survived the cold. I had kept some dried sourdough aside for ‘in case’, and just added a pinch of the flakes to her when I woke her up. This was such a relief as when we travel there is no one to feed my starter. Another issue was whether or not I could get a whole wheat recipe to work for the bread maker. After a lot of loaves, where I slowly increased the whole wheat flour ratio to the white flour ratio, I can happily say that this recipe is perfect. I might try add more whole wheat in future, but I know that this works and so for now, this is what I have been making each weekend.

Do you use a bread maker?

Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread For The Bread Maker
 
Ingredients
for the starter
  • 125mls unfed sourdough starter
  • 60mls bread flour
  • 60mls water
for the bread
  • 250g water
  • 25g olive oil
  • 350g whole wheat flour
  • 10g fine salt
  • 150g bread flour
  • 10g yeast
  • 35g sunflower seeds
  • 35g pumpkin seeds
Method
for the starter
  1. Place the starter, bread flour and water into the bread maker container and mix
  2. Place the container into the bread maker and leave to ferment for 2 hours
for the bread
  1. Add the water, oil, whole wheat flour, salt, bread flour and yeast to the starter in this order
  2. Place the container into your bread maker and select the whole wheat bread setting
  3. Select a 750g loaf size and the nuts addition if your bread maker has that feature
  4. Add the nuts to the dispenser (or at the beeps)
  5. Cool on a wire rack before slicing

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34 thoughts on “Recipe For Whole Wheat Bread

  1. Your bread looks just wonderful, Tandy! I always make my bread by hand & bake it in a fan oven! I like to work my bread! 🙂 A great work-out too! x

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    1. It is a great work out Sophie 🙂

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  2. This looks delicious! I’m excited to start baking my own bread and this is a great recipe. So glad I found you blog 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and the compliment. I hope you enjoy your own bread making 🙂

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  3. Hi there Tandy, sorry for my delay life has been a whirlwind and so glad I stopped off to get a slice of your delicious bread. I have not made my own starter or nor do I own a bread maker but I would love to do more baking. I am glad you put forth the test on your starter dough in the freezer, it sounds like the starter just kind of went into hibernation in the freezer, right?

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    1. The starter hibernates in the freezer which means it does not need feeding – a blessing for me when we travel as I think the kids have enough on their plate feeding the dogs and the fish 🙂

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  4. this looks divine–i love breads & unfortunately do not make bread at home–which is soon going to change

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    1. I am sure you will love making your own bread Usha 🙂

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  5. This sounds amazing!

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    1. Thanks Jess 🙂

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  6. I love bread with seeds and nuts in them. Even raisins! Since I’ve become gluten sensitive I rarely eat bread, but when I do – it’s got to be something like this. 🙂

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    1. No matter what, bread to me has to be nutritious and tasty 🙂

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  7. Love sourdough. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Hope you enjoy making it!

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  8. Hi Tandy, so cute you named your starter Cordelia. Pinned.
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    1. She was a gift from my friend Celia and the name evolved from that and her blog title 🙂

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  9. You’re brilliant at this Tandy, whenever someone asks me if they can make sourdough in a breadmaker, I send them to you! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much for that! I am loving how versatile the starter is 🙂

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  10. Tandy, I love that your starter has a name. I have a bread machine and love using it when I am busy. It’s so easy to just pour everything in and get great bread. I’ve never made wheat bread with a sourdough starter. It looks delicious!
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    1. I use my bread maker a lot in winter as my cottage is very cold 🙂

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  11. I love sourdough and this loaf looks absolutely fab.
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    1. Thanks Rachel 🙂

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  12. That looks really good, Tandy. Me too, I always wonder if I could put more whole grain in breads and things.
    No, I don’t have a bread maker…

    ela h.

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    1. I prefer the texture of whole grains as well as the taste they add to everything 🙂

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  13. No bread looks and tastes better than home-made ones. Just like this! Looks good, tastes good, smells good!

    Julie
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    1. It is always the smell that makes me grateful for home made bread 🙂

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  14. Hi Tandy!

    Scrumptious loaf of bread. I do use a bread maker from time to time. There’s nothing more warm and inviting than returning to a house smelling of fresh of bread baking when you return from out of the house to run an errand. And nothing beats that smell! yum.

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    1. I don’t often turn the bread maker on if I am not home, but you are right, the smell is the best part of bread making 🙂

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  15. I don’t have a bread machine…it must be a great addition to your kitchen. I’m sure your bread is really good with the seeds added in.

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    1. I love the addition of seeds as it gives the bread more texture 🙂

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  16. Great loaf – I have a breadmaker in Spain but never thought to use it with my sourdough starer so when I get back I’ll give it a go!

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    1. Let me know how it works out for you Tanya 🙂

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  17. Looks like a lovely loaf Tandy.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Thank you Mandy, and you too!

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