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Wheat sourdough starter recipe

This sourdough starter recipe uses both stone-ground whole wheat flour as well as white flour.

Instructions

How to make a wheat sourdough starter

    Day 1

    • Use a medium sized plastic bowl with a lid to mix 30g stoneground organic whole wheat flour and 30g tepid spring water (35°C/95°F).
    • Try to use bottled or spring water as chlorinated tap water may impede the fermentation process. I tend to use a silicone scraper to mix the starter as it makes it really easy to wipe the inside surface of the bowl. Cover the bowl and keep at a warm temperature for about 24 hours. The ideal temperature for the wheat sourdough starter is 28°C/82°F.
    • I tend to use a silicone scraper to mix the starter as it makes it really easy to wipe the inside surface of the bowl.
    • Cover the bowl and keep at a warm temperature for about 24 hours. The ideal temperature for the wheat sourdough starter is 28°C/82°F.

    Day 2

    • Add 30g stoneground organic whole wheat flour and 30g tepid spring water (35°C/95°F) into the bowl which contains the 60g starter mixture from Day 1.
    • Cover and keep at a warm temperature for 24 hours.

    Day 3

    • Add 30g stoneground organic whole wheat flour and 15g tepid spring water (35°C/95°F) into the bowl which now contains 120g whole wheat starter mixture from Day 1 and 2.
    • This time, you add slightly less water to tighten the dough consistency.
    • Cover and keep at a warm temperature for 24 hours. At this point, you may already start to see signs of the starter fermenting i.e. small bubbles may be visible.

    Day 4

    • 90g strong organic white flour
    • 45g tepid spring water (35°C/95°F)
    • Add the above ingredients into the bowl which now contains 165g starter mixture from Day 1, 2 and 3. Cover and keep at a warm temperature for 24 hours.

    Day 5

    • You should now have an active wheat sourdough starter that has bubbled up overnight, slightly subsided again and smells fruity and / or acidic.
    • You're ready to start using your sourdough starter for wheat sourdough bread baking.