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Sourdough Bread Recipe and Help

DomesticMuse's picture

Sourdough Bread Recipe and Help

I made a sourdough starter with pineapple juice and flour and it has developed nicely.  I cannot; however, find a recipe to use it in.

Can anyone direct me?

I mill my own wheat, so I don't use "white" flour -- everything is freshly ground.


marosenthal's picture

that you could use any sourdough recipe.  Build your dough as the recipe calls for, using your starter as the base.  Just make sure you keep enough to maintain your culture for the next bake!

teejtc's picture

You could probably use the Poilane-Style Miche recipe in The Bread Baker's Apprentice.

Grace and peace, 


isand66's picture

First, you need to know if your starter is a 100% hydration starter or 50% or 65% like mine.  The hydration is the % of water based on the amount of flour in your starter.  If you are using a 100% starter you would refresh it with let's say 10 ounces of water and 10 ounces of flour.  There are hundreds of recipes on this site alone that use a sourdough starter.  You can check out my posts on this site or visit my other blog at for several recipes most of which use a starter based on 65%.  If the recipe you want to make is using a white flour starter, you can still use your version or you can create a new one by refreshing part of yours with white style all purpose or bread flour.

Good luck.


LindyD's picture

If you type "whole wheat sourdough" in the TFL search bar, you'll find a number of recipes already posted here.

jillybeansisme's picture

You can find a sourdough recipe at under the Easy Recipes section.  I've made it before and it was quite delicious.

Happy Baking!


Janetcook's picture

Hi DM,

I too mill my own grains into flour and they act differently than 'store' bought flour.  There are 2 books I suggest.  The first is Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads and the second is Laurel Robertson's  The Bread Book. 

For just starting out with a sour dough I would recommend Peter's book as all of the loaves in it can be made with a sd starter.  (Laurel's book is good but most are instant yeast recipes  though they can be converted to wy.)

 If you are looking for sandwich type breads I also recommend you searching here using the search box for txfarmers 100% whole wheat sourdough loaves.  All of her sd ww formulas are great.

If you are looking for lean doughs made with fresh milled grains, check out PiPs (Phil's) blog.  You will find more excellent whole grain recipes there.

Good Luck,


holds99's picture