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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread


    Ever since MiMi had a taste of my first sourdough boule, she has been begging for some of my starter.  Bertha and I were off to such a great start and MiMi wanted in on the friendship.  But sometimes good things come to those who wait.  I wanted to get a good feel for how to take care of Bertha before I gave some of her away.  That way when MiMi had questions, I had a little bit of an idea how to answer.  Plus the waiting just made her want it more!




   So for Mother's Day, I finally gave MiMi some starter.  That's right, there is a second generation out there.  She has been nicknamed granny.  Now that granny is getting used to her new home, MiMi is wanting some recipes to use her in.  So be forewarned, I will be sharing some of the favorite things I have made so far in the next few days.  Then likely more sourdough recipes here and there for a while.


   I can never just leave a recipe alone.  I always have to do a little tinkering along the way to make it fit my taste or cooking style.  Even though baking recipes are supposed to be set in stone, I have to mess with them too.  I wanted a recipe that would make great sandwich bread.  Airy and delicious, but with no gigantic holes to loose your filling through. I love using whole wheat flour when I bake and I wanted to use plenty of starter to get the nutritional value and some of the flavor. This bread is great toasted with an egg on top or delicious drizzled with honey.  Heck, Jax ate a piece straight from the bag this morning with breakfast.  Of course it isn't quite as soft as what you find in the bread aisle at the grocery store, but it is made completely from ingredients you can pronounce.  Besides, the kneading is good therapy!



Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread
makes one 9x5" loaf

Ingredients:

2/3 cup warm water
3/4 tsp dry active yeast
1 cup sourdough starter (straight from the fridge is fine)
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tsp butter, melted

  1. Stir together warm water, yeast and sourdough starter until the starter is dissolved.  Mix in whole wheat flour and let sit for 7-10 minutes to hydrate.
  2. Sprinkle in salt and begin adding all purpose floue. Start by adding 1 cup of all purpose flour, stirring until combined.  Then add additional flour a little bit at a time until you have a shaggy bread dough. (The final amount will depend on the consistency of your starter and how humid it is.)
  3. I like to start my kneading in the bowl to contain the mess, then turn it onto the counter once the dough comes together and starts getting a little elasticity.  You can use your preferred kneading method to knead the dough into a smooth ball, about 8 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).  
  5. To shape the dough, pat it out into a rectangle.  Fold it in thirds, like you would a letter.  Then fold fold it in half, pinching together the seam. (Or use your favorite loaf shaping method.) Place seam side down in a greased loaf pan.
  6. Cover with the damp towel and let rise for 1-1 1/2 hours or until it has risen over the edge of the pan.
  7. Brush gently with melted butter, being careful not to deflate the dough.
  8. Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes and then at 400 F for 25-30 minutes.
  9. When finished baking, turn onto a wire rack and cool completely before cutting.



17 comments:

  1. I have yet to find a good whole wheat sourdough bread til now!! We love any whole wheat bread and this looks perfect. And I love that you tinker with your recipes!!!

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    1. We are big fans of whole wheat too. I use it in almost everything! You'll have to let me know if you give it a try!

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  2. Hello Carlee, wow this bread looks amazing. I have never made my own bread before except for Irish Soda Bread. I would love to try making it sometime. Thanks for sharing so many recipes with us all.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

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    1. It really is fun, Julie. I hope you give it a try! There are so many great bread recipes and I really like to knead the dough (and smell it bake!)

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  3. Great looking loaf but I have bad news. You are now addicted to sourdough.

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  4. Just cut into my first loaf. THIS IS THE SOFTEST HOME BAKED BREAD I HAVE EVER MADE! Thanks for sharing your recipe and knowledge.

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    1. Yay! I'm glad granny did good for you!

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  5. Now THAT looks like good bread! I can almost taste how awesome that sandwich would be! :-)

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    1. It is great toasted too! Come to the dark side and give sourdough a try ;-)

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  6. That's awesome Carlee. I bet your mom was happy. ;-D That's great that Jax will eat this too! Will def have to try this.

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    1. She has made two loaves of this bread and a batch of the chocolate chip muffins already. She also made a skillet bread and some cornbread using the starter, so she is having fun with granny!

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  7. Bread is my weakness, I would love a slice or two of this awesome bread! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

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    1. It's one of my weaknesses to, especially with some nice soft butter! Thanks, Miz Helen!

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  8. I love homemade bread, and this sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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    1. Homemade bread is the best! Thanks so much for coming by!

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