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Honey Oat Porridge Loaves

Danni3ll3's picture

Honey Oat Porridge Loaves


Simple but delicious. One of my most popular loaves. 


Like last week, dough was moving really fast and it got 3 folds rather than 4. It also spent more time in the fridge than usual. 



Makes 3 loaves



100 g rolled oats

200 g water

45 g honey

40 g butter



700 g unbleached flour

200 g freshly milled whole grain Red Fife flour (200 g Red Fife berries)

100 g freshly milled whole grain Einkorn flour (100 g Einkorn berries)

50 g flax, freshly ground

700 g water +25 g

23 g salt

30 g yogurt

250 g levain (procedure in recipe)

Extra wholegrain flour of your choice for feeding the levain


The night before:

1. Mill the grains and place in a tub. Grind the flax seeds in a bullet and add to the tub. Add the unbleached flour to the tub as well. Cover and set aside.

2.Take 10 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 20 g of water and 20 g of wholegrain flour. Let that rise at cool room temperature for the night. 


Dough Making day:

1. Early in the morning, feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 50 g of strong baker’s flour and 50 g wholegrain flour. Let rise until doubled (about 5 hours). However, today, my levain peaked at 4 hours and 30 minutes. I caught it just as it flattened and was about to head back down. 

2. About two hours before the levain is ready, put 700 g of 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 a couple of hours at room temperature. 

3. Make the porridge: Add the water, the butter and the honey to the rolled oats and cook on medium heat until the liquids are absorbed and porridge is very thick and creamy. Let cool. 

4. Once the autolyse is done and the levain has doubled, add the salt, the yogurt, the porridge, and the levain to the bowl. My dough needed an extra 25 g of water. Mix on the lowest speed for a minute to integrate everything, then mix on the next speed for 9 minutes.

5. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 45 minutes in a warm spot (oven with light on). 

6. Do 2 sets of coil folds at 45 minute intervals and then 1 more set after 30 minutes. Let rise about 30%. This dough was moving fast so I skipped the fourth fold I would normally do. This is the second week this has happened. I’m not sure why. Maybe I just have a super happy starter these days. 

7. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~810g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let rest 30 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. 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. I try to keep proof under 12 hours, however, due to life happening, the first batch went in after 14 and a half hours and the second after almost 16 hours. 


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 20 minutes at 425 F. Internal temperature should be 205 F or more.



Danni3ll3's picture

Looks like they rose a smidgen more than the first batch. Interesting because that’s not usually the case. 

Benito's picture

Beautiful loaves as always Danni, your friends are lucky to have you baking for them.


gavinc's picture

Nice bake. I bet they tasted great. I like the ingredients very much. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Danni3ll3's picture

I did expect it to be more open based on how it felt. Still great for sandwiches though. 

Danni3ll3's picture

you are wondering, those hands belong to two different people. 😂 Mine is the one with the fuchsia nails, the other is my daughter’s. 

Benito's picture

The crumb looks great to me Danni, I’ve never been able to get much in the way of open from a porridge loaf.