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Cranberry Feta with Toasted Sunflower Seeds Sourdough

Danni3ll3's picture

Cranberry Feta with Toasted Sunflower Seeds Sourdough



My starter is back to its old self! Love the oven spring I got on these. 




Makes 3 loaves


Add ins:

150 g dried cranberries

75 g crumbled feta

60 toasted sunflower seeds (I buy raw and toast them in a dry frying pan)


Main dough:

700 g Strong Bakers Unbleached Flour

200 g freshly milled Spelt flour 

100 g freshly milled Durum flour 

700 g filtered water 

20 g pink Himalayan salt

30 g yogurt

250 g levain (procedure in recipe) 

Extra wholegrain and unbleached flour to feed levain


The afternoon before:

  1. Take 2 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 4 g of filtered water and 4 g of any kind of wholegrain flour. Let sit at cool room temperature for about 8 hours. 


The night before:

  1. Mill the Spelt and Durum berries and place the required amount in a tub. 
  2. Add the unbleached flour to the tub. Cover and reserve. 
  3. Feed the levain 20 g of water and 20 g of wholegrain flour. Let that rise at cool room temperature overnight. 


Dough Making day:

  1. In the morning, feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 100 g of unbleached flour. Let rise until doubled (about 5 hours). 
  2. Two hours before the levain is ready, put 700 g of 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. Cover and autolyse for a couple of hours at room temperature (73F).
  3. After the autolyse, add the salt,  the cranberries, feta and toasted sunflower seeds, the yogurt, and the levain to the dough. Mix on the second speed for 9 minutes. 
  4. Remove dough from bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 30 minutes in a warm spot to begin bulk fermentation. My warm spot is the oven with the door cracked open and the lights on. I get an ambient temperature of around 82F. 
  5. Do 2 sets of coil folds at 30 minutes intervals and then 2 more sets of coils folds at 45 minute intervals. Then let the dough rise by 30%. Total bulk was about 3 and a half hours. 
  6. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~770 g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let it rest 15 minutes on the counter. 
  7. 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 or big bubbles. Finally stretch the two top corners and fold 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 as tight boule as you can.
  8. Sprinkle a mix of rice  and all purpose or baker’s flour in the bannetons. Place the dough seam side down in the bannetons. Cover with plastic bowl covers or shower caps. 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, heat the oven to 475 F with the Dutch ovens inside for an hour.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.


Benito's picture

Your starter is certainly back to snuff.  Beautiful oven spring and bloom you got on those loaves Danni.


Danni3ll3's picture

JonJ's picture

Liked this combo so much that I just had to bake a bread with it:


Didn't crumble the feta though - in my past experience it has tended to get lost. And this was with a fairly firm, Greek style feta.

Danni3ll3's picture

The crumbled feta does tend to disappear. I’ll have to try chunks next time. I like the way yours looks! 

Tastes amazing doesn’t it? Try it toasted. It’s even better!