March 15, 2022 5 min read
If your New Year’s resolution was to eat healthier, then this Healthy Whole Wheat Sourdough Recipe is the perfect recipe to add to your baking rotation.
Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned sourdough connoisseur, this simple seven-ingredient recipe is ideal for bakers of all experience levels. All you’ll need to master this delicious, gut-friendly recipe is the right tools, plenty of baking time (4 hours and 4 minutes) and some good old-fashioned elbow grease to create your next masterpiece.
While normal, run-of-the-mill sourdough is already healthy, as it is a more natural alternative to normal bread and doesn’t contain any additives, this whole wheat sourdough recipe offers even more benefits. For one, whole grains provide better sources of fibre and important nutrients, such as B vitamins, iron, folate, selenium, potassium and magnesium.
It’s for these reasons, as well as the existing health benefits of sourdough – it’s more digestible, easier for the body to absorb and has a better effect on blood sugar and insulin levels – that make this recipe a must for anyone looking for healthy alternatives.
If the health benefits were not enough to have you reaching for your sourdough starter, then you might be interested to know that this recipe only requires 20 minutes of preparation time – so, for the remaining time, you can put your feet up and scroll through ourSourdough Starter Recipe orSourdough 101 guide.
Steam is essential for a crunchy bread crust, as it maintains the moisture of the outer dough, while the inside cooks. Without steam protecting the dough, the crust and inner crumb will cook too quickly, creating a burnt, dense bread with little flexibility.
The primary way to use steam for the perfect crust is to bake your bread in a Dutch oven. A closed Dutch oven will trap the water that evaporates from the dough and convert it to steam under the lid. However, if you don’t own a Dutch oven then you can instead use a spray bottle to create your own steam in the oven.
If you still choose to use whole wheat flour, try sifting some or all of the flour to get rid of part of the bran. Bran in your whole wheat flour acts like tiny shards that cut through the gluten strands, stopping them from holding up the air in the dough. Getting rid of part of the bran will help keep more of the structure formed by the gluten and give you a lighter loaf.
If you don’t have a sourdough starter, then you can simply use our Dried Sourdough Flakes and follow these Sourdough Starter Instructions to bring them to life.
However, if you’re looking to make your sourdough starter from scratch, then we have got you covered. Be sure to check out ourHow to Make a Sourdough Starter from Scratch guide and follow the simple steps to make your own Yeastie Boy (or girl).
Whole grains are often touted by health professionals as an important part of any healthy diet, which is because they are packed full of nutrients that help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
So, what is it about whole wheat bread that makes it so good for you? Here’s the top three reasons:
Now you know how to make your own whole wheat sourdough, you can try out our own classicSourdough Bread Recipe for yourself. If you’re new to baking, this complete sourdough starter kit includes everything you need to bake your first loaf, or you stock up on yourbaking supplies by exploring our online range.
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