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Honey Oat Porridge with Spelt and a touch of Rye

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Honey Oat Porridge with Spelt and a touch of Rye



I am finally getting back to baking sourdough. I went into turtle mode and it’s time to crawl out of my shell. Maybe that should hermit crab mode since turtles can’t crawl out of their shells. 😂

Anyhow, I decided a nice fairly simple porridge bread would be a nice thing to make. And it was! 




Makes 3 loaves



100 g large rolled oats

200 g water

45 g honey

40 g butter



700 g unbleached flour

200 g freshly milled wholegrain Selkirk flour 

100 g freshly milled wholegrain Spelt flour 

50 g freshly milled wholegrain rye flour

700 g water

23 g salt

30 g yogurt

250 g levain (procedure in recipe)

Extra wholegrain flour of your choice for feeding the levain


Two mornings before:

1. Take 2 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 4 g of filtered water and 4 g of wholegrain flour. Let sit at cool room temperature for the day. 


The two nights before:

1. Feed the levain 20 g of water and 20 g of wholegrain flour. Let that rise at cool room temperature for the night. 


The morning before:

1. Feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 75 g of wholegrain flour as well as 25 g of strong baker’s flour. Let rise until doubled (about 6 hours). 

2. Place into fridge until the next morning. 


The night before:

1. Mill the grains. Place the required amounts in a tub. Add the unbleached flour to the tub. Cover and set aside.


Dough Making day:

1. Early in the morning, take out the levain to warm up. I usually give it a good stir at this time.

2. Put 700 g filtered water in a stand mixer’s bowl and add the flours from the tub.  Mix on the lowest speed until all the flour has been hydrated. This takes a couple of minutes. Autolyse for at least a couple of hours at room temperature. 

3. Make the porridge: Add the water to the rolled oats and cook on low until water is absorbed and porridge is creamy. Add the butter and the honey. Stir until well distributed. 

4. Once the autolyse is done, add the salt, the yogurt, and the levain to the bowl. Mix on the lowest speed for a minute to integrate everything, then mix on the next speed for 9 minutes. At the end of the 9 minutes, add the porridge and mix until incorporated.

5. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 30 minutes in a warm spot (oven with light on). 

6. Do 2 sets of stretches and folds at 30 minute intervals and then 2 sets of sleepy ferret folds (coil folds) at 45 minute intervals, and then let the dough rise to about 50%. This took about another hour. It should have irregular bubbles visible through the sides of the container and  bubbles on top as well. 

7. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~810 g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let rest 45 minutes on the counter. 

8. Do a final shape by flipping the rounds over on a lightly floured counter. Gently stretch the dough out into a circle. Pull and fold the third of the dough closest to you over the middle. Pull the right side and fold over the middle and do the same to the left. Fold the top end to the center patting out any cavities. Finally stretch the two top corners and cross over each other in the middle. Roll the bottom of the dough away from you until the seam is underneath the dough. Cup your hands around the dough and pull towards you, doing this on all sides of the dough to round it off. Finally spin the dough to make a nice tight boule.

9. Sprinkle a  mix of rice flour and all purpose flour in the bannetons. I had planned to sprinkle some rolled oats as well but I forgot. Place the dough seam side down in the bannetons. Let rest for a few minutes on the counter and then put to bed in a cold (38F) fridge overnight. 

Baking Day

1. The next morning, about 11 hours later, heat the oven to 475F with the Dutch ovens inside for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn out the dough seam side up onto a cornmeal sprinkled counter. Place rounds of parchment paper in the bottom of the pots, and carefully but quickly place the dough seam side up inside. 

2. Cover the pots and bake the loaves at 450 F for 25 minutes, remove the lids, and bake for another 22 minutes at 425 F. Internal temperature should be 205 F or more.



idaveindy's picture

Are the oat flakes still identifiable in the baked loaf, or are they disolved by then?

Danni3ll3's picture

Dissolve. The same happens if I just soak the flakes. 

Benito's picture

Danni so glad to see you back in good spirits and baking your wonderful breads again.  Your neighbors and friends must have starved without your bread over the past several months.  Your consistency still amazes me.  As always your bread looks amazing and they sound delicious. 

Stay happy and safe.


Danni3ll3's picture

To see I hadn’t lost my touch! 😊 And yes, I did have a few comments of people saying “Finally” and that they “ were starving!”  😂

MTloaf's picture

We all missed you and your bread and your charity. I don't blame you for wanting to go into turtle mode. These are difficult times and if I didn't have bread making to spread some joy I wouldn't know what to do.

Cedarmountain's picture

That's better, baking bread again!  Thanks for posting Danni... stay safe, stay well!

Danni3ll3's picture

Benito's picture

Lovely even crumb Danni.  You haven’t lost your touch, beautiful bakes as always.


The Roadside Pie King's picture
The Roadside Pi...

This is lovely bread indeed! Your style and consistency, is a measure of greatness! Alas my claim to fame is consistently mediocre baguettes! You are also quite industrious, a fomula the yields three loafs and you double that! Stay well, keep baking and remember, God only gives us what we can handle, never more. Additionally it is always darkest before the dawn! I hope and pray, the darkest days are behind us, and a renaissance awaits! 


 Will F.

Danni3ll3's picture

For the good wishes. As to the recipe, I actually quadruple it. 😂. I end up with 12 loaves. I forgot to take pictures of the other six. My friends sign up for a loaf and give a $5 donation that all goes to a local soup kitchen. They sorely need the money these days as they are serving more meals than they ever have in their entire history. 

Benito's picture

That is great that you and your friends do that for charity Danni, what a lovely idea.

isand66's picture

i was just thinking I haven't seen a post from you in a while and here you are!

You haven't lost a beat!

Hope you and your family are staying safe.



Elsie_iu's picture

Glad to know that you've been doing well. What a strong comeback with the familiar honey oat porridge bread!