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.

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Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread
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Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread For The Bread Maker

Recipe Category: Bread
Makes enough for: 1 loaf
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


for the starter

  • 125 mls unfed sourdough starter
  • 60 mls bread flour
  • 60 mls water

for the bread

  • 250 g water
  • 25 g olive oil
  • 350 g whole wheat flour
  • 10 g fine salt
  • 150 g bread flour
  • 10 g yeast
  • 35 g sunflower seeds
  • 35 g pumpkin seeds


for the starter

  • Place the starter, bread flour and water into the bread maker container and mix
  • Place the container into the bread maker and leave to ferment for 2 hours

for the bread

  • Add the water, oil, whole wheat flour, salt, bread flour and yeast to the starter in this order
  • Place the container into your bread maker and select the whole wheat bread setting
  • Select a 750g loaf size and the nuts addition if your bread maker has that feature
  • Add the nuts to the dispenser (or at the beeps)
  • Cool on a wire rack before slicing

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39 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Bread

  1. 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.

    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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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?

    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 🙂

  7. 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

  8. Hello Tandy, This looks like a great recipe. I have just purchased my mini 1 lb. bread maker, but am a long time sourdough baker. Like you I want to simplify the process. My question is if I already have fed my starter and it has sat for a while, do I still need to do your first step of starter, water, flour and then sit for 2 hours? If not, then what is the quantify of starter I should add to my recipe? Thank you!

    1. Hi, I have not tried this with an already fed starter. I would suggest measuring 125mls of your fed starter which should work. If you would like me to do a test run first, please let me know so I can feed my starter and do this for you. Have a super day!

      1. Thanks Tandy for your kind offer, but I think I will just go ahead with your suggestion of 125 ml of starter. My starter is bubbly and happy and ready to go so I think I will try it today. I will report back on results. I appreciate your quick response to this question as i realize this was an older post.

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