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Fabulous Emmer Sourdough Bread

1) make the sourdough


100 swiss dark flour

100ml warm water ( ~45 degree C)

10 -15 gr old sourdough starter


Mix and leave in warm place for 12 to 15 hours

2) main dough


210 gr sourdough ( see above)

350 gr Emmer flour

300 gr Swiss Dark flour

350 gr traditional plain white or Ciabatta flour

760 ml cold water (~ 20 degree C )

24gr salt

5gr fresh yeast or 2.5 gr dry yeast


Mix sourdough with flour and water and leave to autolyse for ~30 minutes .

Mix in the salt and yeast knead on slow spead for 7 to 9 minutes and 1 minute and higher spead . Take care not to overknead!

Stretch and fold dough ~ every 30 minutes 3 x ( 90minutes total )Leave to proof for a further 30 to 45 minutes.

Form 2 round loaves and put into floured proofing baskets ( I always use dark rice flour as it does not stick )

Mature in fridge overnight ( between 8 to 14h )

Use directly from fridge . Cut top as liked and bake in preheated dutch oven or cast iron casserole (with the lid on ) at 250 degree C for 25 minutes.

Take the lid off and finish the bake at 220 degree C for a further 20 to 25 minutes.