20% Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

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Today’s loaf with 20% whole wheat and 86% hydration This is my favorite sourdough bread. Quite whole wheatish, tasty, and it is high hydration.

Even though the recipe is high hydration, I promise you can easily make this in your own kitchen. Above, you will find my video guidance for every step of the process. Let’s do this! 😃💪

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Your fermentation times may vary depending on a lot of different factors. Use these times for the folding and the duration of the Bulk Fermentation only as a guideline. Learn to watch your dough and not the clock.

Baking notes

  • My kitchen temperature is around 23C/73F.
  • Use my timing and folding only as a guideline.
  • When the dough has risen about 30%-50%, and you see a bunch of little air throughout, it’s ready for pre-shaping.
  • Don’t focus too much on time, but look at your dough.

Please refer to my page – Common Baking and Cooking Conversions, if you’re using other baking measurements.

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You will need:

  • 200 grams bread flour (14% protein)
  • 60 grams whole wheat flour
  • 40 grams Blue Caputo flour (*if you don’t have Caputo flour, just use your regular bread flour)
  • 250 grams water
  • 50 grams sourdough starter (100% hydration)
  • 7 grams fine sea salt + 5 grams water

Procedure (video):

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix bread flour, whole wheat, and blue Caputo flour. Then add water. Stir until no dry flour is left. Cover and rest for 1 hour and 30 minutes at 23C/73F.
  2. Add active sourdough starter (8 hours after feeding my starter is ready and tripled in size) – I used a 1:2:2 ratio. Mix the starter for 3 to 5 minutes (I’m using the Rubaud method). Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Add 7g fine sea salt and 5g water. Mix for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Perform two stretch and fold. Cover and rest every 30 minutes. After the last stretch and fold, transfer the dough into a lightly greased baking dish. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Perform three coil fold and let the dough rest every 1 hour. After the last coil fold let the dough rest (undisturbed) for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the dough is ready to pre-shape.
  6. Shape the dough into a batard or boule. Cold retard the dough in the fridge (4C/39F) for 18 to 20 hours.
  7. The next day, one hour before baking, preheat oven at 250C/450F with a dutch oven or cast iron pan inside. Using a preheated cast iron or Dutch oven pot, score and bake the loaf for 20 minutes at 250C/480F.
  8. Take the lid off, bake for 10 minutes at 220C/428F and 10 minutes at 210C/410F.
  9. Let the bread cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

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