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Whole Wheat/Whole Grain Sourdough

frumgirl's picture

Whole Wheat/Whole Grain Sourdough

I've been making a lot of breads from Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads book lately but I do wish I could manipulate the recipes to give me more of a sourdough taste (and I like my sourdoughs super sour). Has anyone done this with success?

I was thinking that I might remove the instant yeast from the final doughs and replace it with sourdough starter...but I have no idea how to go about doing that without messing up the entire recipe.

Does anyone with more experience have suggestions?

Windischgirl's picture

in the front section of his book...he gives the recipe for his SD starter and then talks about how to substitute it for the preferment in the breads.  I saw it there but am too lazy to follow it.  Maybe one of these days.  I do wish he was more specific in each of the recipes, but I improv anyway--I'll add a couple of Tbs of SD to the preferment ingredients (not the soaker!) and just leave out the yeast.

Maybe you are a better-behaved baker than me and will actually read and follow Reinhart's instructions...

I do like the book because I think it makes artisanal baking do-able for working people.  Go for it!

isand66's picture

Any of the recipes that call for a biga, you can substitute an equal amount of starter.  You can leave out the yeast in the main dough and just let the dough rise longer to make up for leaving the yeast out.  I have this book but have not used it in a long time, but now that you gave me a reason to look at it again I think I need to bake some recipes again!

Another user on TFL, Janet Cook has baked many recipes from this book without using yeast so you may want to send her a message and ask her advice.


jcking's picture

Read the second (altus) commentary on page 225. If I wish to kick-up the sour in any SD loaf this is how I do it.


frumgirl's picture

did I miss this? I read the ENTIRE discussion portion at least three times trying to find something before I posted my question. It must be sleep deprivation and distraction due to having a four-month-old baby. Thanks for all your help!