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Classic Sourdough with Hazelnuts


350g White Strong Organic Bread Flour (Shipton Mill)

150g Wholemeal Strong Organic Flour

125g Hazelnuts (split in half)

200g Sourdough Starter (1:1 - White Strong Bread Flour)

280g Water (room temperature)

8g Sea Salt


  1. Roast hazelnuts in the oven until lightly browned - be careful they can burn easily. Allow to cool.
  2. Mix 250g of White Strong Organic Bread flour with the water. Cover and rest for 4 hours.
  3. Stir in the Sourdough Starter. Cover and rest for 6 hours (or overnight).
  4. Mix in the rest of the White & Wholemeal flour. Cover and rest for 1 hour.
  5. Adjust dough hydration if necessary to produce a moist very slightly sticky dough (approximately 63% hydration).
  6. Add salt and mix well.
  7. Stretch and fold dough, turn dough a quarter and repeat three times. Then cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Add hazelnuts.
  9. Repeat above stretch and folds three times.
  10. When doubled in size (around 6 hours) form dough into a ball on the worksurface and rest for 15 minutes.
  11. Stretch and fold dough twice to strengthen dough and place upside down in a proofing basket.
  12. Allow to prove until risen around 50%. Test with the thumb by gently pressing to check whether proved - if shape of dough returns slowly then dough is ready for the oven.
  13. Heat oven to 220c.
  14. Slash dough as desired and bake on a stone, in a dutch oven or on a baking tray for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200c and bake for a further 25 minutes or until baked.
  15. Cool and rest for 24 hours before slicing.
  16. Enjoy.


I rise my dough in a covered oiled box at around a temperature of 20c.

Proving is also undertaken at around 20c. However I do prove in the fridge if i need to slow down the proving.