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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This soft whole wheat sourdough bread is perfect for toast or sandwiches.  It is easy to make, lightly flavored and delicious.

cutting board with half loaf of bread and slices of bread ready to eat

     Make perfectly soft bread for sandwiches.  It is hearty, delicious and easy to make.  Your sourdough starter will love its new life making more bread.  You can serve slices with butter with dinner, toast some for breakfast or roll fun fillings inside.  The possibilities are endless!

    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!

step by step pictures of making the dough, letting it proof and shaping it into loaves

   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.

slices of soft sourdough sandwich bread on a cutting board

   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, Little Dude 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!

sourdough sandwich bread, whole wheat sandwich bread
Yield: 12 servings

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

This soft whole wheat sourdough bread is perfect for toast or sandwiches. It is easy to make, lightly flavored and delicious.
prep time: 3 H & 15 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 3 H & 55 M


  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 3/4 teaspoon 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 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons butter, melted


How to cook Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

  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 flour. 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.
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This soft whole wheat sourdough bread is perfect for toast or sandwiches.  It is easy to make, lightly flavored and delicious.


  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!!!

    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!

  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

    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!)

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

  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.

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

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

  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.

    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!

  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

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

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

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

  9. Looking forward to serve this with dinner tonight! Made a few alterations using my 2f of apple kombucha, ground flax and ground oatmeal added. Looks wonderful. Thank you for this simple, no sugar added recipe!! I'm sure this will now be a regular in this home!

    1. I can't wait to hear how it turns out! Now I want to make an oatmeal version too!!

  10. Is regular whole wheat flour okay to use instead of white wheat? Or should I do a mixture of the two? Thanks!

    1. Regular whole wheat should be fine. You may need just a tiny bit more water. I'll have to give it a go next time!

  11. Instead of white whole wheat I mean, I was going to use reg whole wheat for this

  12. Can this recipe be converted to buns,and if so how many buns and how long to bake?

    1. I haven't tried that, but I am sure you could make buns easily enough. It would probably make 12-ish dinner rolls or maybe 6 hamburger buns. I'd do 5 minutes at 450 and then set a time for 10 minutes at 400 and keep and eye on them. Having not done it that way, those times would just be a guess.

  13. Carlee I'm wanting to make this bread so I was wondering if you could tell me the carbs and sugars that are in this bread. My husband is a diabetic and I'm trying to find a good bread for him. He loves sourdough bread so I'd like a little info about your recipe. Thanks for your time.

    1. I'll add estimates in now. I hope it works out well for him!

  14. Turned out well! I’ll definitely be turning to this recipe again in the future to help me make something good out of my seemingly endless sourdough discards.

    1. Yay! I am so glad you liked it! I have quite a few ideas for those discards if you need more :-)

  15. Hi! I’m excited to make this recipe and curious what size loaf pan you used?

  16. Can you make this without adding the dry active yeast?

    1. I haven't tried it, but I imagine it would work. The proofing will likely take longer, so you'll have to use your best judgement on that part.


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