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This is a great staple gluten free loaf which I bake regularly every week. It's full of flavour and delicious eaten during the next 24 hours. After that it makes excellent toast for several days or can also be sliced and frozen for toasting at any time.
This is a simple sourdough loaf using Shipton Mill No 4 flour and a small percentage of organic wholemeal. I use light rye flour for my starter and the leaven is made with No 4 flour. I start the leaven in the morning and the loaf around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. At around eight o’clock it is ready to go in the fridge over night. I bake the loaf straight from the fridge in a Dutch oven which has been in the AGA overnight. Its a really delicious uncomplicated loaf with a nice brown crust - thats the best bit.
Rye based starter and a little Spelt make for an extremely tasty loaf. Quantities given makes 2 loaves (or 1 very big one!). This is adapted from Foodgeek's 'Basic' recipe on Youtube to have a much higher wholemeal content. You can use any starter (though this may alter the balance slightly), and increase or decrease the spelt content (even leave it out if you don't have any, just use the same additional amount of WM).
This recipe is for delightful Semolina Sourdough Bread containing Sesame and Nigella Seeds and having a lovely nutty flavour with soft texture. It is delicious drizzled with olive oil and is a favourite in our house.
Are you using traditional sourdough starter methods, but fed up with the waste of throwing 50% of your starter away pre-feeding or trying to avoid any waste by coming up with recipes to use the spare? Well, here’s another solution - zero waste sourdough starter.
A savoury loaf, delicious with cheese - Gruyere especially - but also toasted with honey or marmalade!
This was adopted from a recipe I found on youtube, but I just tweaked it myself, its 75% White Spelt Shipton Mill, with 25% wholemeal Shipton Mill stone ground flour. 73% Hydration with extra sesame seeds and some mixed seeds. Its a perfect loaf with great flavour and taste, the seeds work nicely too.
A yummy caramelly sourdough with an added fresh aroma and flavour from the fennel. Great for sandwiches. I even like it with jam. You can do this without the fennel and it's still delicious. The method uses a Kenwood Chef. It makes two loaves with 900g total flour - a good size for a Kenwood Chef to cope with. This takes 50 hours over three days. My times assume you're free during the day, but you could adjust them to fit your schedule
A birthday loaf for a family member from New Zealand. I liked how the banneton rings added to the Maori feel. First effort and room for improvement but fun. Give it a try
Since the lock-down summer of 2020, all of the bread which we eat has been home-baked. Our sourdough workflow has evolved as we have gained more experience. We have tried to keep it quite straightforward. We use our starter straight from the fridge and make: • flatbread; • loaves in loaf tins; • bread rolls; • baguettes; • pizza; • a large loaf in a Dutch oven. All of the above can be made from the same sourdough. This "lazy version" sourdough does not get kneaded and neither do we perform folds and turns. The sourdough matures nicely in the fridge. It is still useable after 3-4 days, but the taste gets more sour as time elapses.
This has become my regular treat, since my expanding waistline persuaded me to stop making cakes and biscuits. Its complexity of flavours make a good substitute for a sugar hit. As a malty flavour fan, I use plum porter as the liquid in this recipe, which uses light malthouse flour - although this may be too much for some palates - feel free to substitute water for any proportion of porter in the recipe.
This is a nice take on German Zwiebelbrot using organic onion powder and crisp onion bits to add the depth of flavour from the organic wholemeal
When COVID lock down started, I started making more and more bread, giving most to my neighbors in our hamlet. I was making several loaves every day, experimenting with different recipes, some from books and then as I got more adventurous and made my own up. This recipe is the most popular one and I am constantly asked to make more, it uses three Shipton flours. The recipe makes two large loaves
This is a basic dough recipe in the Neapolitan style for making pizza or calzone in high temperature outdoor ovens. I have adjusted the ingredients so that rising takes place over a few hours, so you can make a snap decision based on the weather forecast for the day.
Tear and share cheesy olive sourdough, 1 day prove and then baked in the morning ready for lunchtime.
This is a lightly sweet and comforting sourdough with unusally soft crumb, thanks to butter in the mix. It's possibly even better towards the end, toasted! Roasted nuts, soft fruit, fibre, beautiful crumb -- what's not to like?
Brioche style enriched dough and pumpkin puree baked into a classic bread loaf. Easy to make with minimal hands on time. Amazing still slightly warm with butter, perfect to accompany warming autumn soups, but also great for a special Sunday breakfast treat toasted with chocolate spread or honey. Can also be made into individual rolls.
All flour is Organic Stoneground and this recipe is trying to use the most wholemeal spelt flour, whilst trying to maintain a maximum volume loaf.
This sourdough recipe combines 3 different flour types along with date syrup and treacle. It produces a really flavoursome and rich bread great for everything. It's somewhere between a traditional dark rye and a wholemeal sourdough.
This is a wonderful loaf to bake after scavenging for chestnuts on a nice autumn forest walk. The longer fermentation that sourdough allows the chestnuts to impart a bit more flavour on the final bread. The chestnuts work really well with the nutty flavour of Spelt, while the strong white flour gives it the necessary strength.
Amazing bread perfect for wet autumn days. Full of healthy stuff such as pumpkin puree and lots of seeds. The dough it fairly hydrated and more suitable for semi to experienced bakers. (But if you are a beginner and want to try it anyway just google few videos 'how to shape high hydration dough' and GO FOR IT!)
This heavily seeded bread is particularly good toasted, and the high seed content gives it a very low glycaemic index (GI) - it has become my staple bread recipe. It is adapted from a recipe in Anthony Worrall Thompson's 'GI Diet'. It is very quick to make and only requires a single rising, in the tins. This bread always has a fairly flat top, although including a tray of boiling water in the oven during the bake helps it to rise a bit more during cooking.
These rolls are an enriched dough, really soft springy and so tasty. Also kind to your teeth. They also freeze really well if I can stop my husband eating them.
Dutch brown bread is characterized by a soft crumb and a thin crispy crust. This version is based on sour-dough with fibres from wheat germ, bran and seeds. The slow fermentation serves to bring out the flavours of the flour and neutralizes the phytic acid allowing for more healthy nutrients. The malted rye enriches the dough by stimulating the fermentation and adds sweetness as well as a nice brown colour to the bread.
There are a few recipes of Vinschger Paarl on the net, but all of them uses yeast, so I've been experimenting using only with sourdough culture and taste just like the one I ate in South Tyrol. My South Tyrolean husband approved it :)
This is a recipe for a German style seeded rye bread – known as “Vollkornbrot”. It’s not labour-intensive to make, but it does take a while and you certainly won’t have something fresh out of the oven in a couple of hours. It’s well worth the wait though - packed with seeds which give it a rich nutty taste and texture, it keeps well for several days after baking and the flavour is amazing!
A wonderful tasting rule-breaking rye loaf which I reckon you could live on for months. Brilliant for open sandwiches but just great on its own too. Feel free to vary the ingredients - it's dead easy to make and reliably gets oohs and aahs from your friends and family.
This is my favourite 'go to' bread. Bulk up your Starter & give it a go, you won't be disappointed. The high hydration and the method of cooking results in a lovely soft loaf with enough crustiness to be absolutely wonderful.
This is a the simplest and most reliable way I have found to create a Sourdough Starter that gives fantastic flavour to a range of breads.
I found the Organic Light Malthouse Flour (301) to be quite tricky to handle. Here are some tips on what I did to tame the dough... Ultimate recipe? Definitely not.
Aromatic rye and wheat based rolls.
An adaptable sourdough that works for small and large bakes. Can be easily scaled up or down and adapted for any size of loaf. Timings can be changed to fit in with your life.
A simple sourdough that I've developed since starting the sourdough journey in March when lockdown started - I'm hooked now & wanted to share this recipe back in return for all the help I've found on this site & also for the wonderful flours Shipton Mill provide
Baking sourdough bread is what I do to brighten up my day. Having said that, it has also given me numerous headaches in the past. I’ve eaten (and thrown away) many very bad sourdough loaves in that time to finally come to a stage that I prefer my amateur and handmade bread than any other one from the bakery. Please read the whole recipe before to understand the method. Please visit my blog, where I share other recipes: clemandkaro.com
A slow fermented loaf that uses a combination of flours and a little bit of oil to produce an every day loaf of bread that is hearty, tasty and versatile. It keeps well and makes the best toast you have ever eaten!
My first attempt at this recipe used just Light Malthouse flour, which made delicious bread, but with such a strong flavour that it overpowered everything it accompanied. I've added in wholemeal flour to make it a bit mellower and a little rice flour to help give a drier crumb. If you don't have rice flour, just use wholemeal flour instead. I've been making this for a few weeks now and this is my current favourite: a soft, open crumb and a big flavour, but not overpowering. It works well either toasted with jam or for savoury sandwiches. The airing cupboard gives the doughs a narrow temperature range, draught free: I prefer this to the kitchen worktop.
This is my version of Fig and Pumpkin seed Sourdough bread. I thought it may be nice to try something with a bit of a twist and see what happened. I'm fairly new to sourdough baking, but I'm hooked and like to try different things. I hope you enjoy my recipe
These baguettes are delicious on the day they are baked, a good crispy crust and moist crumb inside, great for sandwiches. I use a brown rice flour based sourdough starter which I keep in the fridge and refresh twice a week. There are plenty of websites which describe how to make this type of starter. This recipe also includes a little teff flour for extra flavour, but if this isn't available then increase the quantities of the other flours accordingly.
This recipe produces a sesame sourdough with an airy crumb and a good crust. The loaf has a subtle sour tang and a big sesame flavour and is very moreish! This sourdough uses the airing cupboard for a speedy fermentation, the warmer temperature decreases fermentation time and increases the production of acid. The dough is proved in the fridge overnight to give it a better oven spring next morning. The schedule assumes a Final Dough Temperature of 26-27C, I adjust my water temperature to get the dough in this range to match the ambient temperature of my airing cupboard (which fluctuates between 25-28C). The dough works fine outside these temperatures, but the timings might lengthen.
This is an overnight ferment studded with walnut, at 75% hydration so easy enough to handle but still wet enough for moist, open crumb. You must have a ripe, happy starter that at least doubles reliably. Your workspace need to not stray too far from 26.5c, otherwise you'll need to make adjustments to the fermentation time. Everything is done by hand, no kneading required!
A light & airy bread with a nice chewey crust, made from Shipton Mills incredible Number 4 flour & 'Tina' my Sourdough starter which feeds off the natural yeasts from the Chilterns air in Princes Risborough Buckinghamshire. Great as it is naked or dipped into Chiltern Press Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed oil or any which way you like. I normally would use a banneton for this but I thought I'd try shipton's wooden baskets & liners & it didn't disappoint. I based this recipe round the Shipton Mill sourdough recipe.
This sourdough formula uses old bread from the previous [rye loaf], which is dried/browned in a [low-heat] oven. Then it is ground into course flour to use along with cracked rye in the second feeding of the starter, which is more like a soaker at this point.
I have been to Madeira several times and fell in love with this delicious bread. Bolo do caco is a traditional bread only produced on the islands of Madeira and is made of sweet potato, preferable the type they grow in Madeira. However you can take the normal sweet potato found in the supermarket. 'Bolo' means bread and 'caco' refers to the slab of stone that the bread is baked on. These breads are not baked in an oven but in a frying pan. They are typically served with butter and garlic.
As many people have during this lockdown, we began to make sourdough bread but, as any sourdough baker will know, there is a lot of spare starter. We have been trying to find a delicious cracker recipe for ages and it turns out that all we needed was some sourdough starter. It's a great recipe to have to hand and easy to remember too!
I've just started baking sourdough. I cast around for information and stumbled upon Jack Sturgess who has a pretty good web site and specifically a start to finish page and video for sourdough. This is based on Jack's beginners method and is producing pretty good results that I'm really pleased with. Next steps I'll start experimenting with maybe different flours in my starter and dough. Enjoy.
A delicious mix of 25% Shiptons Wholemeal Strong Flour and 75% Seeded White. This is an ideal recipe to learn the basics of making sourdough bread. But remember it really all is dependent upon a starter that is just ready for making the loaf. This is the most important thing. It will be ready between 4-10hrs after feeding it. It will have doubled in size, and will have bubbles of different sizes. If in doubt do the float test. Carefully put a teaspoon of starter on the surface of a glass of water. If ready it will float. My starter dough is a wholemeal starter from the Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. They are very kind and happy to share.
Sunday morning treat of freshly baked country sourdough loaf inspired by Tartine using Shipton Mill and a starter that originated in San Fransisco and got to us via Coomeshead farm bread making workshop ... we haven’t brought bread for over 5 years ...
Whilst making wholemeal loaves I have been experimenting with adding a couple of ladles of wheat sourdough starter to the mix, along with the usual dried active yeast. The sourdough starter enhances the flavour and helps things to rise a bit more. Adding the sourdough starter adds a bit of extra water to the recipe and so this version has added 100 grams of Dark Rye Flour to absorb that extra water and to add to the flavour. The addition of 100 grams of seeded white flour also helps lighten the texture. The following recipe aims to produce two moist and tasty loaves.
Millet seed isn’t just for the birds, it also makes a delicious addition to sourdough wholemeal bread. My grandchildren love this bread as it breaks easily into pieces that they can snack on while waiting for dinner! It goes well with cheese and olives, and the millet seeds add a bit of a crunch to the texture. Sourdough starter is so good for flavour and the slow fermentation helps to break down gluten, so it’s great for those with gluten sensitivity. I love to use the more traditional varieties of wheat flour to make this bread as the nutritional value is enhanced as well as great flavour. Sometimes I substitute about 20% of the wheat flour with spelt or rye. It’s a bit more crumbly but my family love it with cheese. I use the sour dough starter in my bread maker, and check on the consistency as the dough is mixing. I always add some dried yeast as it gives a better rise in the bread maker, but if making by hand then I just use the sour dough starter for the rise.
A beautiful, light textured, deeply flavoured rye bread, scented with molasses, coriander and malt extract. Borodinsky is made with a traditional rye sourdough starter, giving it that distinctive tangy flavour.
Using Stoneground Canadian Wholemeal and unbleached no.4 this bread is both Rich and deep flavours.
Traditional Finnish sour rye bread is made with 100% dark rye flour. I have added a little wholemeal spelt flour to this recipe, which appears to help with the rise, without compromising the lovely rye flavour.
A delicious combination of Shipton flours and seeds. This sourdough loaf is a blend of 90% Shipton Traditional Organic White Flour and 10% Barley Flour. It also has Shipton's 5 seed blend. The seeds add a toasty crunch and the combination of flours make a fabulous soft-ish crumb. It really is delicious. The dough was retarded overnight in the fridge. This is one of the loaves I teach at Learn Sourdough www.learnsourdough.co.uk
This is a lovely, rich flavoured bread. I adapted two excellent recipes to develop the recipe - one from the internet (link:https://www.seitanismymotor.com/2010/02/100-percent-rye-bread/ ) and the other from "The Extra Virgin Kitchen" by Susan Jane White. It has a more open texture than is usual for a 100% rye bread. It keeps well, and I think the flavour improves with keeping. Toasting it lightly brings out the flavour and it goes well with soft cheese, air dried ham or smoked salmon. My sourdough starter is 5 years old and is yeasty, not particularly sour-smelling. Unless it is very important to you for it to be 100% rye, without any wheat, you could use any sourdough starter. I find feeding the starter the day before using it, and keeping it at room temperature for several hours on the day, makes the bread lighter. This quantity of ingredients makes 2x1kg(2lb) loaves - I halve them and freeze. Have a go, experiment and enjoy!
70% Hydration sourdough slicing loaf with rye, baked in an oblong covered baker/cloche - the perfect shape for the toaster and for sandwiches. It has an open crumb but is not so holey that the toppings fall through!
If you've always wanted to make sourdough but are afraid to try, this is the recipe for you! Because of its high hydration, this loaf is simple to make with a hand-held mixer and dough hooks. It uses only the simplest ingredients (flour, salt and water) and tastes delicious. The texture is chewy and the crust is crisp. It smells delectable when it comes out of the oven. The recipe is adapted from Sam & Sam Clark's fabulous book, Moro: The Cookbook.
This is my perfect sourdough recipe, it makes always perfect loaf and you can add additional flavours between stretch and fold process. The crust is crunchy and soft white airy bread inside, the flavour is delicious, with or without olives.
This bread is made from rye flour and sourdough with just some water and salt. High in fibre, wheat free and perfect as toaster with soft cheese or smoked salmon.
This delicious sour-dough bread is made with equal quantities of organic light rye, organic malted flour and organic white spelt flour. For a rustic effect dusted with organic semolina flour.
Sourdough loaves using what I could find in the pantry. Sometimes you don't have time to find something specific but just go with what is there. The bread has just enough malt loaf flour in to give it a soft malty "stickiness" that loves butter. the (unsoaked) pumpernickel gives it an extra bit of crunch. The quantities are about right - worked backwards - the important thing is a soft flexible dough that kneads easily without sticking to the surface. It was a slow rise partly due to the kitchen being a bit cooler than usual, snowing outside!
A moist loaf full of flavour from the hazelnuts and spice mixed with the sweetness of the prunes. Versatile with sweet toppings as well as savoury.
This classic roll is usually found in every shop in the west coast of Scotland: a crispy exterior; soft, fluffy interior and perfect with lorne sausage and tattie scone! Traditionally, these rolls are not risen via the use of a wholemeal leaven but this adds a flavour that is irresistible and provides health benefits to this humble roll.
Wondering what to do with a lot of active rye sourdough starter I experimented with using it in combination with Organic Three Malts & Sunflower Brown flour. The following recipe involves preparing a sourdough starter/production sourdough the day before baking the loaves. This recipe combines using natural yeast in the starter with using some active dried yeast when it comes to baking the loaves. This combination helps me produce a couple of loaves with a nice texture and flavour when there’s not enough time to work through all the usual processes needed to produce a ‘pure’ sourdough loaf.
This makes a nutty, flavoursome, well keeping loaf. The recipe makes 2 loaves @ 700g each. Although not essential, the method is spread over 3 days to increase flavour and provide flexibility with “normal” life. Dutch ovens are used for baking, but anything which gives a solid blast of heat and traps steam for the first half of baking would work just as well.
After many years of prevarication, I finally succumbed to the pull of sour dough! This recipe is very straightforward to make sour dough, the only thing you need is time for proving! This recipe uses the 'sponge' method. This recipe is certainly not mine, it comes from the River Cottage Bread book. If you want a good general introduction to bread making, of all types, this book is a fantastic place to start. This bread takes about 36 hours to make. You will have to make a sour dough 'starter', which, if you have not got one already, needs to be started a week before this recipe. This sounds a lot of time and hassle, but once your starter' is going, it really is no trouble at all. I used the starter recipe from the River Cottage bread book. The starter 'recipe' is included at the bottom of the recipe.
A fabulously easy, no kneed loaf using dark rye flour and cracked rye pieces - based on a recipe by Trine Hahnemann. (NB: this loaf also uses white flour to lighten the texture slightly.)
Dark, delicious, easy-to-make rye sourdough. Ideal for working people; start it in the evening, eat it for breakfast. I use a mixer with dough hook, but I guess you could equally hand knead it. No, I haven'the forgotten the salt; I don't usually put any in my loaves.
A lovely naturally leavened bread with a mix of bread flour, whole wheat and whole rye. Makes a great sandwich loaf. While this was inspired by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou's "Levain di Campagne" I have incorporated numerous changes of my own to produce a wholly different loaf.
A deliciously simple and quick loaf from your bread machine using sourdough starter: great when you haven't got time or patience to work out a loaf with your hands. A recipe inspired by the Eastern European style of sourdough bread. Ideally made with Shipton Mill Light Rye flour. Tested and tried on Panasonic breadmaker (SP - ZB2502) but should work well on any other quality bread maker.
Pane di Altamura is a bread made with durum wheat from the Altamura region of Provincia di Bari in South East Italy. Made from Semola Rimacinata (re-milled semolina), and is naturally leavened, its characteristics are a thin dark crust with a lovely soft yellow crumb.
A lovely light white sourdough loaf with a good crust made using a wheat leven so it has a very small proportion of wheat in it. I have been making this for myself for a few months now and I find that although I am intolerant of wheat I can eat this regularly.
This is a variation on the sourdough bread recipe taught at the E5 Bakehouse bread master class in Hackney, London. A very moist dough with a great open crumb and superb crust. Best made using a regular stretch and fold method with wet hands each time, plus a slow overnight proving in the fridge to give the bread its open crumb and depth of flavour. The cold proofing also helps the dough hold its shape while transferring from the bowl via the peel to the oven. (Don’t worry about putting straight into the oven from the fridge. If the oven is at max heat - approx. 250c - then it will spring up beautifully.)
Russet red-brown buckwheat loaf made distinctive by the addition of roast buckwheat flour. Bake a dozen and you could build your own Stonehenge. Or Breadhenge. The menhir (standing stone) shape is easily made before the final proof. I love it when your own take on a bread is the latest addition to a chain that extends back into the mists of time. In this case, I was inspired by the Farine blog (http://www.farine-mc.com/2015/05/meet-baker-eric-marche.html) article about Breton-based baker Éric Marché. In the blogpost MC writes about how M.Marché roasts a small percentage of the buckwheat flour in his menhir-shaped loaves. I’ve never been a huge fan of buckwheat bread, but this sounded worth a try. It was. It’s a great idea. Delicious. This is my version of Éric Marché's loaf, using, as a template, Dan Leader’s Buckwheat Bâtard recipe which, apparently, he adapted, in turn, from an Éric Kayser recipe. Anyway, I hope I've done them justice. Alternatively, substitute half the strong bread flour for wholemeal and you'll get a darker loaf more akin to M.Marché's original. Great with cheese or cured meats.
A friend emailed me from holiday saying that she had enjoyed this loaf where she was saying. I took up the challenge to devise a recipe and came up with a delicious loaf which can either be eaten as savoury or sweet, has a lovely aroma and toasts well too.
Delicious savoury loaf lovely with feta cheese
Not quite pumpernickel, but slices smoothly. The cornmeal rounds off the tang of the rye. "For persons of sedentary habits and dyspeptic turn, no food is more wholesome" as quoted in 'The Philosophy of Housekeeping by J.B. Lyman (1869).
Very healthy sourdough bread, with exceptional taste of black onion seeds. Not a fan of onion? Linseed, sunflower or pumpkin seeds can be used instead.
Italian biga acida/sour dough, using Italian '00' flour and strong bread flour. Based on a recipe from Dan Lepard and Richard Whittington 'Exceptional Breads'. The original recipe called for the inclusion of honey which made the bread too sweet for my taste. I have made this without honey and it works well and suited better to my personal taste. I replaced the wholemeal with spelt and used strong Canadian bread flour. Allow 5 days to make this bread. On the day of baking it could take up to 8 hours from the first kneading until the loaves are ready to go in the oven.
This recipe makes two loaves and involves very little hands-on time. It just uses great quality flour and slow fermentation to create an outstanding flavour and texture! More importantly it has just three ingredients and is free from any chemicals, additives and improvers typically found in mass produced supermarket bread! This recipe is for your life, not shelf life!!
This is a variation on Richard Bertinet's Bacon and Red onion bread but uses smoked cheese (thus suitable for some vegetarians) and is fortified with sourdough batter. It makes lovely toast and would be great with a hearty soup.
This interesting bread is made with a 100% khorasan sour dough starter and 100% khorasan flour for the final bread. It was a bit of an experiment but I liked how it turned out with a strong flavour and reasonable crumb. I based this recipe on the spelt leaven in Andrew Whitley's book 'Bread Matters' replacing the spelt with khorasan.
A great crusty loaf with aerated chewy crumb.
Not at all common, but uncommonly good, especially as a sourdough. The one pictured I made in Tuscany and it has just emerged from the wood-fired oven, with a characteristic scorch. The base is local flavoursome flour, wholemeal stone-milled and biodynamic, and is a sourdough.
This is of course an approximation and no historical accuracy is implied…but it is close to the original(s) and one of my favourite breads
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