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.

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


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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