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Whole wheat sourdough

Smita's picture

Whole wheat sourdough


- Used my 100% hydration starter.

- Two builds to reach 8 oz active starter. The starter smelled fruity, not sour. Bubbles about half a centimeter big.

- Final dough: 2 cups whole wheat flour (365 from Whole Foods) and under 1 cup AP flour (King Arthur), 1 tsp wheat gluten. 

- For DDT of 76 degrees, added 1.5 cups water at about 90 degrees.

- 30 minute autolyse. Kneaded till windowpane.

- 45 minute rise, stretch and fold, 60 minute rise.

- Shaped into boule, plopped into floured banneton. Overnight retard (10 hours).

- Baked at 450 in Le Cruset (15 mins), turned oven down to 440 (20 mins), lid off (10 mins). Total = 45 mins.

- Internal temperature = 200 degrees.



- Lovely crumb and crust. We like this a lot, in terms of flavor and whole wheat flour content.

- My goal is to be able to make this consistently, and also get better at shaping.

- I would also like to introduce diastatic malt and see if I can decrease the AP flour. Need to do some reading from Hamelman's Bread in preparation.

- All comments and feedback welcome!


ZD's picture

Nice loaf Smita. Your pictures a beautiful. I am working on a WW loaf myself so I know the challenge. Keep us posted on your loaves.

Greg R

ehanner's picture

Nice looking bread! And, a very artful post.


althetrainer's picture

Very thoughtful presentation.  Keep up the good work!