No Fuss Whole Grain Sourdough Bread Recipe

Mar 21, 2019

For this collaboration with King Arthur Flour, I needed to enlist our family pro...Dr. Daddy.  Many years ago, before my mother died, she gifted a recipe book to my husband, King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking.  He uses this book every week to bake bread for our family, though he adapted it.  When the lovely folks at King Arthur reached out to me to collaborate, I was thrilled at what a perfect fit we make!  By continuing to read, you are agreeing to my updated privacy policy as described here.  This post contains affiliate links, and is sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

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It is as good as it looks, ask our neighbors!
He based our family recipe on the 100% Whole Wheat Sourdough recipe found at King Arthur Flour, and on No Knead Sourdough Bread from Breadtopia.  He made a no knead version of the King Arthur Recipe that we love, and made it so simple to bake!

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This is the container that we have kept our starter in for YEARS.

The recipe is extremely easy. I do not follow all the fussy instructions for dealing with sourdough starter. My jar of starter stays in the fridge 24/7. I take a half cup out of my starter supply for this recipe, and I add a cup of flour back in with enough water to incorporate it with the flour. That way, if I forget to put in the replacement flour, I should still have enough starter next time to make bread and keep the starter going. Then back in the fridge. No fuss.

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All the ingredients mixed together


The starter is the grandchild of the starter from King Arthur from my Mom via my sister. It is robust and delicious. Highly recommend.  If you don't have one started, you can buy one from Amazon here.

This makes two loaves.

Ingredients:


2 lbs whole grain wheat flour
1TBSP salt
1/2 cup sourdough starter
3 cups water
1 cup rolled oats

In the bowl combine:
Two pounds whole grain wheat flour
1 Tablespoon Salt
1/2 cup sourdough starter
3 cups of water

Mix all this together. Likely, the dough will still be very dry. I usually add 3-4 ounces of water (just under 1/2 cup) to get all the flour incorporated. I use this tool to mix the dough, and it reduces the time immensely. Cover the bowl and let it sit on your counter for 6-8 hours.

When this rise (proof?) is finished, prepare a large work surface with whole wheat flour. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and powder the top with flour as well. I like to use food grade disposable gloves at this point, because the dough is very sticky. Pat and spread the dough out into a rectangle that is a little under an inch thick. Fold it in thirds one direction and then fold it in thirds again. If you know the Kon-Mari folding method, you know how to do this!

I take sprinkle rolled oats over the top of the loaf and cover with a kitchen towel. After an hour, I set the oven to 500 degrees. Make sure your dutch ovens (or kloches if you are fancy) are in the oven when you set it. You want these bad boys HOT HOT HOT when it is time to put the bread in. I use an ancient Descoware dutch oven (enameled cast iron) and a pottery dutch oven.

When the oven reaches temperature, the dance of danger begins. Disposable gloves and silicone oven mitts are very handy right now. I cut the dough in half, open the oven door and remove the lids from the dutch ovens. The dough needs just a teensy bit of shaping to make it a round then plop it into the dutch oven and put the lids back on. Cook like this for 30 minutes. Then remove the lids, reduce the temperature to 450, and cook another 15 minutes.

Let the loaves cool on a rack and enjoy!

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The inscription from my mother to my hubs.

Every week when my hubby makes our bread, we always give one away.  To a neighbor, a friend, as a thank you, or something just to pay it forward.  What I didn't know, before I started working with King Arthur, is that they have a foundation.  It's called Bake for Good, and if you bake, and give it away, they will donate a meal.  It only takes a second to sign up at this link.  Last week I went to a local school to learn more about Bake for Good Kids. You can see my video about it here!

Please leave me a comment to let me know how you like this recipe that our family loves!


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