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Honey Spelt Oat Porridge Sourdough with Cranberries, Mixed Peel and Sunflower Seeds

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Honey Spelt Oat Porridge Sourdough with Cranberries, Mixed Peel and Sunflower Seeds


Time for Easter so that means a fruit bread is “de rigueur”. I tweaked and adapted a version that I made for Canadian Thanksgiving back in October.

Makes 3 loaves


148 g bread flour (I used a combo of spelt bran and sifted flour as well as bread flour)

118 g water

30 g starter


125 g large flake oats

25 g oat bran (combo of oat bran and spelt bran)

345 g water

75 g plain yogurt

Main dough

633 g unbleached flour

17 g vital wheat gluten

302 g freshly milled and sifted spelt flour from 347 g Spelt berries

50 g freshly ground flax seeds

75 g dried cranberries

75 g candied mixed peel

75 g toasted sunflower seeds

50 g honey

300 g apple yeast water

250 g water

22 g sea salt

266 g levain

A couple of days before:

  1. Mill 347 g of Spelt berries and sift to obtain ~302 g of sifted flour and ~45 g of bran. Use 302 g of the sifted flour for the main dough and reserve the bran and the remaining few grams of sifted flour to revive or feed the starter. 
  2. Revive or feed your levain every 12 hours or so for a day or two to have it very active. Use the bran from milling the Spelt to feed it.

The night before:


  1. Toast 125 g of large flake oats. When toasted, add 25 g of oat bran to the oats. I ran out of oat bran so I added some Spelt bran to top up to the right amount. Mix together 345 g of water and 75 g of organic plain yogurt. Pour 3/4 of the water/yogurt mixture into the oats and cook on medium heat until water is absorbed. Add the remainder of the water/yogurt mixture and cook on low heat for a few minutes. Cover and cool overnight. (This can be done in the morning of but I prefer doing the night before and leaving it to cool overnight to room temp.)


  1. Mix 30 g of starter with the 148 bread flour (I used up the remainder of the bran and the sifted spelt flour and topped up with bread flour. Ratio ended up being about 1/3 bran/sifted flour to 2/3 bread flour.) and 118 g of water. Let rise overnight.

Final Mix and Bake:

  1. In a large bowl, place 633 g of unbleached flour, 17 g vital wheat gluten, 302 g of freshly milled spelt flour, and 50 g of freshly ground flax seed, and stir well to distribute the vital wheat gluten. Add the 75 g of dried cranberries, 75 g of mixed peel, 75 g sunflower seeds (toasted in a dry frying pan), mix again and then add all of the oat porridge, 50 g of honey, 300 g of apple yeast water  and 250 g of filtered water. Mix well and let the mixture sit for a couple of hours.
  2. Add 22 g of sea salt and 266 g of 80% levain. Mix in well using folding and pinching until you see some gluten development which takes about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Let rest 30 minutes and do a set of folds. Repeat two more times 45 minutes apart and then let sit in a warm place until risen 50-60%. There should be irregular sized bubbles visible through the walls of your container (hopefully it is transparent or translucent, otherwise, this may be a feat for Superman. ;-) ) and the dough should feel very aerated or billowy. This took about 5 hours. It probably took that long because the ayw was right out of the fridge. 
  4. Divide into 3 equal portions of about 890 grams and do a loose pre-shape. Let rest 15-20 minutes and then shape fairly tightly into a boule. Place boules seam side down in rice/unbleached floured bannetons and cover with a plastic shower cap or bowl cover. Place into fridge overnight.
  5. In the morning, heat oven and Dutch ovens to 475 F for at least 45 minutes. Place parchment rounds in the bottom of the pots and put the loaves directly out of the fridge into the pots. You may choose to score them but this is not necessary since they are being baked seam side up. Bake at 450 F for 25 minutes, remove lids, drop temperature to 425 F and bake a further 25 minutes.


And since we are having Easter dinner with family, I said I would be bringing dessert: Carrot cake and sticky buns. The carrot cake still needs to be iced but it’s a good start. 


not.a.crumb.left's picture

Just amazing Danni! I am speechless! Happy Easter! Kat

Elsie_iu's picture

Sorry I know this post is supposed to be about the fruity sourdough which although I love as well, the sticky buns totally steal the show for me! Toffee and caramel buns are the only enriched bread that l ever crave. Do you have the recipe? They look so mouth-watering!

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Although I have to do a disclaimer. I used a local restaurant’s recipe for the dough that I was given by a friend and had to swear that I wouldn’t share. The weird thing is that the recipe is almost identical to the one above aside from using oil instead of butter and water instead of milk.

And the other weird thing is that there are at least 4 different versions of Prospector buns floating out there and they all make excellent buns. This link is directly to the restaurant’s site where they post their recipe. Thats the recipe I used the first time I made these. Note that the recipe needs to be divided by 3 or you will end up swimming in buns which is what happened when I wasn’t paying attention and dumped the whole amount of water in.

I did do the overnight version of the sticky buns. Works like a charm. Enjoy!


Elsie_iu's picture

I hope I have friends like that as well!

dabrownman's picture

Easter morning like sticky buns make it to TFL just in time.  That cake is pretty killer too nice and healthy to boot with all that veg in it - especially with the icing.  The bread has to be just as deadly for Easter.  It all looks grand.  Happy Easter

Lucy is making cornbread for the stuffing of the Instant Pot Turkey breasts which aren't even stuffed:-)  She is mixing cornbread, multigrain SD, yeasted whole wheat and white slider buns for her maxi carb stuffing!

Well done Danni and Happy Baking

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PalwithnoovenP's picture

All looks topnotch and scrumptious. I wish I can taste all of them.

isand66's picture

Thanks for the detailed write-up on your bake.  I am sure this one will go great with the rest of your Easter spread.  The desserts look fantastic as well.  You certainly have been busy baking and I'm sure cooking as well.

Happy Easter.


Danni3ll3's picture

and didn’t have to cook. My brother invited the family over and I was tasked with bringing bread and desserts. 😊

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isand66's picture

Doesn't get much better.