No-knead Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread THM-E

Sourdough bread is so fascinating to me. I love to experiment with different ways, methods, and with my large family, they eat it right up. This method is very easy and the gluten is developed by the stretch and folds. It is a simple recipe that only uses 5 ingredients and is just stirred together using a large spatula or spoon. I found my clay baker at a thrift store for just a few dollars and I love it.

No-Knead Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread THM-E

In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together until combined. You will have a rough, sticky dough. Cover and allow it to rise for 1 hour. Remove lid and gently pick up one side of the dough, fold it in half. Repeat with all four sides of dough. Cover and allow to rise for another hour. Repeat 2 more times for a total of 4 folding times. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Fold dough in 3rds, pinching the dough together to seal the edges. Turn dough and fold in 3rds, pinching to seal edges. Line the bottom of the clay baker with parchment paper or foil. Place loaf seam side down in a clay baker. Cover. Allow loaf to warm to room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove the lid from the baker and fill with water. Allow the water to soak the lid for 10 minutes. Slash the loaf with a sharp knife. Empty the water from the lid and place it on the clay baker. Place the covered baker into the hot oven. Set the timer for 35 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes. Remove clay baker from oven. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool. 12-14 slices.

2 slices of bread are considered an E category and 1 slice an S-helper under THM guidelines.

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Dough stirred together with a large spatula
Stretch and folds result is a silky smooth dough and develops the gluten.
Stretched and folded for the last time and ready to place into the fridge.
The dough has doubled in size while it was in the fridge for 12 hours.

I found my clay baker at a thrift store for just a few dollars. I love it.

Covered Clay Baker
After a 2 hours proof on the countertop at room temperature, the dough is slashed and ready to be placed in the hot oven. I love my serrated Princess House Bread knife to slash bread. It works great. 
This is what I found when I opened the lid after the bread at baked for 35 minutes at 450 degrees F.

If you would like helpful tips on taking care of your starter; this article may be of interest to you…Sourdough Starter.

This article explains what flours can be used and why they are used in sourdough bread. 

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I love my Princess House Fantasia Bowls with lids to use when making sourdough bread. Also, after using many kinds of knives, I am sold on the Princess House serrated bread knife. It is awesome!! My friend Kirsten is a great person to contact for Princess House. www.princesshouse.com/Kbrubaker

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No-Knead Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread THM-E

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 12
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups active sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir all ingredients together until combined. You will have a rough, sticky dough. Cover and allow it to rise for 1 hour. Remove lid and gently pick up one side of the dough, fold it in half. Repeat with all four sides of dough. Cover and allow to rise for another hour. Repeat 2 more times for a total of 4 folding times. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Fold dough in 3rds, pinching the dough together to seal the edges. Turn dough and fold in 3rds, pinching to seal edges. Line the bottom of the clay baker with parchment paper or foil. Place loaf seam side down in a clay baker. Cover. Allow loaf to warm to room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove the lid from the baker and fill with water. Allow the water to soak the lid for 10 minutes. Slash the loaf with a sharp knife. Empty the water from the lid and place it on the clay baker. Place the covered baker into the hot oven. Set the timer for 35 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes. Remove clay baker from oven. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool. 12-14 slices.

You will find many more recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. I do send small jars of mature sourdough starter at your request and I ask that you cover the cost of shipping/packing. PM me if you would like to receive a small jar of mature starter. You may also request a small jar of free sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

No-knead Rye Sourdough Bread and No-knead White Wheat Sourdough Bread.


 

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Sourdough Pepperoni Pizza THM-XO

 The art of sourdough is a fascinating world and it is much easier to do than most people think. Sourdough pizza is the best and my family loves it. I kept this dough on the sticky side and did a number of stretch and folds. The dough was silky and made an incredible cheese stuffed crust.  

Sourdough Pizza Crust

  • 2/3 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons MCT oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast 

Toppings:

  •  pizza sauce
  • 8 mozzarella sticks, cut in half
  • 12-14 pepperonis
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • basil and garlic powder

In a mixer bowl , combine starter, water, oil, honey, garlic powder, basil, and 1 cup flour until smooth. Add remaining flour. Mix for 2-3 minutes. Lightly grease a bowl. Place dough into the bowl and cover with a lid. Every 30 minutes, take a hold of the dough, stretch it, and fold it in half. Turn the dough and repeat the stretch and folds. Repeat this 4-5 times. The dough will turn from a shaggy to a a silky smooth dough. Allow to rise 7 hours counting from when you first mixed it; kneading it down every 2 hours after the stretch and folds. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your oven rack in the lowest position. Grease a large frying pan or pizza pan. Place the dough in the pan and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Press the dough out in a large circle. 

Take a note of the air pockets in the dough.

Stretch the edges of the dough and fold over the cheese sticks as shown below. Press the dough to and seal the edges. Spread pizza sauce on the crust to the edges of the rolled crust. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese and layer on pepperonis. Sprinkle the entire pizza with basil and garlic powder.

Place the pizza in the oven on the lowest rack. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is browned. Remove the pizza to a higher oven rack until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 8 minutes. Slice and enjoy…8 slices. THM–Crossover. I used my favorite cast iron frying pan to make this pizza. It is a 1920 era Griswold #12 frying pan I bought at my late mother-in-law’s estate sale. I love it. 

This can be made into a THM-E by using fat-free ham and low-fat shredded cheese. ! slice would be an E serving. 

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This is my favorite mixer for small batches of sourdough. My Kitchen Aid is 25 years old and still works great. 

Sourdough Pepperoni Pizza THM-XO

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 8
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2/3 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons MCT oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast

Toppings:

  • pizza sauce
  • 8 mozzarella sticks cut in half
  • 12-14 pepperonis
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • basil and garlic powder

Instructions

  1. In a mixer bowl , combine starter, water, oil, honey, garlic powder, basil, and 1 cup flour until smooth. Add remaining flour. Mix for 2-3 minutes. Lightly grease a bowl. Place dough into the bowl and cover with a lid. Every 30 minutes, take a hold of the dough, stretch it, and fold it in half. Turn the dough and repeat the stretch and folds. Repeat this 4-5 times. The dough will turn from a shaggy to a a silky smooth dough. Allow to rise 7 hours, kneading it down every 2 hours after the stretch and folds. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your oven rack in the lowest position. Grease a large frying pan or pizza pan. Place the dough in the pan and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Press the dough out in a large circle. Stretch the edges of the dough and fold over the cheese sticks as shown below. Press the dough to and seal the edges. Spread pizza sauce on the crust to the edges of the rolled crust. Sprinkle on the shredded cheese and layer on pepperonis. Sprinkle the entire pizza with basil and garlic powder. Place the pizza in the oven on the lowest rack. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crust is browned. Remove the pizza to a higher oven rack until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 8 minutes. Slice and enjoy…8 slices. THM–Crossover. This can be made into a THM-E by using fat-free ham and low-fat shredded cheese. ! slice would be an E serving.

We love to make Barbecue Chicken Pizza using sugar-free barbecue sauce, shredded, cooked chicken breast and low-fat cheese. One slice would be considered THM-E.

You will find many more sourdough recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now.  

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Sourdough Flat-breads THM-E

Soft, chewy Sourdough Flat-breads–have you ever looked at them at a restaurant or store and wish you could have one?  You can! These are one of the easiest breads to make.  Sourdough Flat-breads do not need a mature starter because you do not need the high rise as you do with a loaf of bread.  You can make them with a starter that is a week old. If you see your bread dough isn’t rising properly as it should, you can save it by making flatbreads. Honey Oat Sourdough BreadMulti-Grain Sourdough Bread, Soft Rye Sourdough Bread, and Tomato Basil Sourdough Bread recipes can be used to make flatbreads. The dough can be mixed and kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, making the flatbreads as you need them. This Tomato Basil Dough was in the fridge for 24 hours. I removed enough to make 1 flatbread for lunch. 

Sourdough Flat-breads THM-E

Preheat a griddle over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes.  Take an egg size piece of sourdough. With a rolling pin, roll dough into a rectangle that is 1/8 inch thick. Lightly spray the griddle with cooking spray. Lay the dough  on the hot griddle, stretching as needed. Fry until the edges start to look like they are baked. 

Flip the flatbread to cook the other side.

 

If you are using Honey Oat Sourdough recipe the flatbread will be lightly browned when you flip it.  With the Tomato Basil Sourdough you will not see browning as quick. Repeat making as many flat-breads as desired. One flatbread is an THM-E serving.

The Tomato Basil Flatbread pictured at the top had a Tuna Patty,  Chipotle Sandwich Sauce, lettuce, onions and tomatoes for an E meal with Sweet Garlic Dill Pickles as a side.

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You will find many more sourdough recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

  

 

 

Pumpkin Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls THM-crossover

Cool, crisp mornings warn us that fall is rapidly approaching. Pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and  corn-shocks can be found at little roadside stands on our quiet country back roads. Neck Pumpkins are a favorite of mine for baking with their orange meaty flesh. Pureed pumpkin add a delightful twist to these cinnamon rolls and Brown Butter Frosting takes it over the top.

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Pumpkin Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls  THM – XO

Cinnamon roll dough:

Cinnamon mixture:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup erythritol
  • 5 tiny spoons THM Stevia
  • 2 drops Maple flavoring
  • ½ teaspoon Blackstrap Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Brown Butter Frosting:

In mixer bowl combine almond milk, starter, pumpkin, egg, and honey.  Add 2 cups flour and dough enhancer. Mix for 2 minutes. Add remaining flour in 1/4 cups increments until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Mix well. Let rest 20 minutes. Add salt and knead 8-9 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a lid. Let rise 4 hours and then refrigerate 3 days***. Sprinkle baking soda over dough and knead in. Dust a surface with sprouted wheat flour and press cold dough into a large rectangle with floured hands. Brush with butter and sprinkle very generously with cinnamon mixture. Roll into a long jelly roll. Cut the cinnamon rolls using a piece of heavy sewing thread—slide the thread under the roll and pull the ends across each other. Place on baking pans, cover, and allow to rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 16-18 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool completely. In mixer bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Whip until smooth and well combined. Add sweetener, Stevia drops, and cream. Whip until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost cinnamon rolls.  20 rolls.

*Do not allow the cinnamon dough to come to room temperature when rolling them out. I have melted butter and the cinnamon mixture ready before I remove the dough from the fridge. Cold dough works the best as you need very little flour when rolling them out.

**Slightly more flour may be needed if your starter is thinner.

***This recipe is styled after Gwen’s Nest Bread which use 1/3 white flour and allows it to ferment for 3 days in the fridge.

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Pumpkin Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls  THM - XO

Servings 20
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

Cinnamon roll dough:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup pureed butternut squash or pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon dough enhancer
  • 2 ½ cups white whole wheat flour*
  • ¾ cup white flour**
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Cinnamon mixture:

  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup erythritol
  • 5 tiny spoons THM Stevia
  • 2 drops Maple flavoring
  • ½ teaspoon Blackstrap Molasses
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Brown Butter Frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons butter browned and cooled
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup THM Gentle Sweet or Brown Sugar Sweetener Substitute
  • 6-8 drops SweetLeaf Vanilla Creme Stevia Drops
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. In mixer bowl combine almond milk, starter, pumpkin, egg, and honey.  Add 2 cups flour and dough enhancer. Mix for 2 minutes. Add remaining flour in 1/4 cups increments until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Mix well. Let rest 20 minutes. Add salt and knead 8-9 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a lid. Let rise 4 hours and then refrigerate 3 days***. Sprinkle baking soda over dough and knead in. Dust a surface with sprouted wheat flour and press cold dough into a large rectangle with floured hands. Brush with butter and sprinkle very generously with cinnamon mixture. Roll into a long jelly roll. Cut the cinnamon rolls using a piece of heavy sewing thread---slide the thread under the roll and pull the ends across each other. Place on baking pans, cover, and allow to rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 16-18 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool completely. In mixer bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Whip until smooth and well combined. Add sweetener, Stevia drops, and cream. Whip until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost cinnamon rolls.  20 rolls.

Recipe Notes

*Do not allow the cinnamon dough to come to room temperature when rolling them out. I have melted butter and the cinnamon mixture ready before I remove the dough from the fridge. Cold dough works the best as you need very little flour when rolling them out.

**Slightly more flour may be needed if your starter is thinner.

***This recipe is styled after Gwen's Nest Bread which use 1/3 white flour and allows it to ferment for 3 days in the fridge.

You will find many more sourdough recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

 

Oat Sourdough Pancakes THM-E

One of the easiest sourdough  recipes to make is pancakes. Our family always enjoyed Oatmeal Pancakes and these have become a favorite. It is so easy to stir the batter together the day before and refrigerate it overnight. The next morning add the remaining ingredients and you are all set to go. 

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Oat Sourdough Pancakes 

Mix, cover, and allow to ferment overnight or at least 7 hours*.

Add:

Mix until all ingredients are combined. Drop by 1/4 cup full unto a hot griddle. When bubbles appear in the pancake, flip and fry over side. 16 pancakes.*

Serve with fruits sauces or with pure maple syrup for growing children and those not needing to maintain weight.

*I allow the pancake batter to set at room temp for 4 hours. I then refrigerate it overnight or 10 hours longer.

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Oat Sourdough Pancakes

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 8
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sourdough starter, unfed will work
  • Mix, cover, and allow to ferment 8 hours or overnight

Add:

  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground in blender
  • 3 large egg whites beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mineral salt
  • 1 tablespoon THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Instructions

  1. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Drop by 1/4 cup full unto a hot griddle. When bubbles appear in the pancake, flip and fry until browned. 16 pancakes.*


Serve with fruits sauces or with pure maple syrup for growing children and those not needing to maintain weight.

You will find many more sourdough recipes and instructions on caring for your starter in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now.

Items pictured above are all made with sourdough starter.

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Honey Oat Sourdough Bread–single loaf recipe THM-E

Honey Oat Sourdough Bread is a favorite in our family and the most popular post on my blog. The previous recipe for 5 loaves was made with our large family in mind. I have downsized the recipe for just one loaf of bread which is easily mixed in a Kitchen Aid Mixer or Bread Machine. It doesn’t work to use a Bread Machine mix/bake cycle because of the fermenting time. This recipe will make a 1 1/2 pound loaf with all the tasty goodness of the previous recipe.

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Honey Oat Sourdough Bread

In mixer bowl combine starter, water, oil, honey, dough enhancer, lecithin, oat flour, and 1 cup white whole wheat flour. Mix until well combined. Add remaining flour in 1/4 cup increments until dough begins to pulls away from the sides of the bowl but is still slightly tacky. Allow your dough rest for 20 minutes. Add salt.  Knead for 5-7 minutes or until the dough window panes. Lightly grease a bowl with a lid. Place dough into a greased bowl turning it to coat with oil. Cover with a lid and allow dough to proof for 5-6 hours. Shape into a loaf and place into well greased bread pan. Cover the bread pan with greased plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 1-2 hours or until 3/4 proofed. Wet the blade of a sharp knife and slash across the top of the loaf. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F. for 27-30 minutes. Cool. 1 loaf 12-14 slices.

This is a THM-E fuel category–there is a small amount of oil in the bread but will only be about 1/12th of a teaspoon per slice. The small amount of honey will be eaten up by the fermenting.

Here are a few pictures with the step by step process. 

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I knead the bread dough until it window panes or when you stretch a walnut size piece that you can see light through it and it doesn’t tear. 

Dough has been kneaded and is ready to  be placed in a bowl to ferment/proof. This is in a 6 quart Kitchen Aid Mixer Bowl.

Dough ready to proof for 5-6 hours.

Dough doubled in size and ready to shape into a loaf.

Dough shaped into a loaf for the second rise.

Fully proofed and ready to be slashed.

Slashed and ready for the oven. 

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If you don’t have a mixer and are considering one–this is my favorite for making 1-2 loaves of bread. I have my Kitchen Aid for 25 years and it is still going strong. I do prefer my Bosch for kneading dough and I usually make 5 loaves with it.

                                                            

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Honey Oat Sourdough Bread -- single loaf THM-E


Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sourdough starter active
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dough enhancer or vital wheat gluten
  • 1/2 tablespoon THM lecithin
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1 3/4-2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1.  In mixer bowl combine starter, water, oil, honey, dough enhancer, lecithin, oat flour, and 1 cup white whole wheat flour. Mix until well combined. Add remaining flour in 1/4 cup increments until dough begins to pulls away from the sides of the bowl but is still slightly tacky. Allow your dough rest for 20 minutes. Add salt and knead for 5-7 minutes or until the dough window panes. Put into a greased bowl turning dough to coat with oil. Cover with a lid and allow dough to proof for 5-6 hours. Shape into a loaf and place into well greased bread pan. Cover the bread pan with greased plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 1-2 hours or until 3/4 proofed. Wet the blade of a sharp knife and slash across the top of the loaf. Bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees F. for 27-30 minutes. Cool. 1 loaf 12-14 slices

You will find a full chapter of Sourdough introduction and troubleshooting and 40+ recipes using Sourdough starter in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now

Understanding Sourdough Bread – THM E

 Bread baking has always fascinated me every since I helped my Old Order Mennonite grandma bake bread at a young age. I have fond memories of kneading bread dough in her old metal dishpan. After baking most of our bread and any kind of yeast dough you can imagine for the last 30+ years, I ventured into the Sourdough world and I love it.  Fermenting the dough for 7 hours or longer breaks down the phytic acid in the grain making it so much easier for our bodies to digest. Have you ever wonder why certain ingredients are in bread, why they are necessary, and why certain flours are used? I will try to explain why I use the items I do in my recipes. There are 40+ recipes using sourdough starter, detailed instructions on feeding your starter, and troubleshooting tips in the 600 page spiral bound Around the Family Table Cookbook.

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White Whole Wheat Flour — White whole grain flour is made from hard white spring wheat, is lighter in color, and taste than regular whole grain flour. It has a 13% protein content. This is my preferred flour when baking sourdough bread. It comes in various names such as Golden 86, Prairie Gold, etc. I buy 50 pound bag of Prairie Gold White Wheat Flour from our local grocery store. Under Trim Healthy Mama guidelines this flour can only be used with sourdough starter as the starter ferments the grain making it easier for our bodies to digest or it can be used in Gwen’s Nest Bread which is fermented for 3 days in the refrigerator.

White Whole Wheat Pastry Flour — Pastry flour is made from soft white spring wheat and will have less gluten which makes it perfect for biscuits, pancakes, waffles, etc. This flour WILL NOT make a nice loaf of bread as it does not have the needed gluten required to raise a loaf of bread. I love using this flour to make soft, flaky sourdough biscuits. Under Trim Healthy Mama E guidelines this flour can only be used with sourdough starter as the starter ferments the grain making it easier for our bodies to digest.

Whole Wheat Flour — This flour is made from hard red winter wheat and has the classic whole wheat flavor. It has 14% protein content and is America’s top selling whole wheat flour. This flour does make a darker loaf than the white whole grain flour. I prefer to mix this flour with white whole grain flour when make 100% whole wheat bread as it is stronger in taste. Under Trim Healthy Mama E guidelines this flour can only be used with sourdough starter as the starter ferments the dough making it easier for our bodies to digest or it can be used in Gwen’s Nest Bread which is fermented for 3 days in the refrigerator.

 

King Arthur Bread Flour — This is the best flour I have found to feed sourdough starter and the only one I will use.  Bread flour is much higher in gluten than regular flour. Adequate gluten is needed to get an sufficient rise in bread loaves. When bread flour is mixed with liquid, the gluten swells to form a network of  strands and this forms the structure of bread loaf. The gluten can be seen in the elasticity of the dough. 100% Whole grain bread will need extra gluten to get an adequate rise simply because whole grain flour is heavier with the bran in it. Using white flour for the starter will give you about 1 1/3  teaspoon of flour per slice of bread in the recipes on this blog.

Rye Flour — I love rye bread and this is my favorite flour to use. Rye flour is much low in gluten and the gluten it does contain in lower in quality. So it is best to combine rye flour with wheat flour it you want an adequate rise with your bread.  Bread made with mostly rye flour will be very dense with much smaller holes than wheat bread. Rye does contain more free sugar than wheat flours so it will ferment and sour much faster.  When mixing bread dough with a high percentage of rye flour it will requires less mixing/kneading time because it is simply a more fragile flour than wheat.

Oat Flour —  The addition of oat flour to bread dough gives it a soft chewy texture. Oat flour has very little gluten so you cannot add a large amount. The more oat flour you add the more dense and crumbly your bread will be. Oat flour added to pancakes, waffles, English muffins add a wonderful texture. It does not need to be fermented by THM E guidelines so it can be used to rolled out biscuits, noodles, cinnamon rolls,  etc when extra flour is needed just before baking.

Sourdough Starter — 
Sourdough Introduction 2 This is the most important item in your sourdough bread.  A mature starter is a must when baking bread. I prefer a thick starter as you can see from the picture. It gives a much better loaf of bread and doesn’t get sour as quickly. I do not recommend starting your own starter unless you have months to feed it to get it mature enough to raise 100% whole grain bread. I bought a dried packet of sourdough starter and it took 3 months of constant feeding to have it mature enough to get a decent rise with 100% whole grain bread. You can read more about  Sourdough Starter  at this link.   King Arthur Flour does have a good sourdough starter to purchase.  I will also send a small jar of starter at your request for the cost of shipping/packing or if you order Around the Family Table Cookbook it will included free of charge. You do need to request it when you place your order. I love to use my Pampered Chef  measuring bowl to store my starter. I can see at a glance how much I have and how much I will need to feed it.

Honey — I use raw honey to give just a bit of sugar for the bacteria in the starter to feed on. You can reduce the amount of honey in my recipes but I have found this amount works great. There is less than 1/4 teaspoon per slice of bread.

Olive Oil/Butter/Coconut Oil — Fats in bread will help it to stay fresh longer and it will not dry out as quickly. Oil will also keep the strands of gluten shorter resulting in a finer textured loaf. You can reduce the amount of oil in my recipes but I have found this amount works great in keeping the bread fresh for a number of days. There is less than 1/4 teaspoon per slice of bread.

                                                    
Dough Enhancer/Vital wheat Gluten — When you are baking 100% whole grain bread you will need added gluten to assist in the rise. Whole grain flours have bran in them which makes it more difficult to work with. Gluten proteins need to work together to form elastic strands that form a strong mesh. That is what gives your structure in bread. Bran particles in whole wheat flour present a physical barrier to the strands of gluten coming together to form this structure.  Adequate mixing/kneading does help. As your dough is rising the gluten mesh forms and traps air but only the gluten stretches; the bran cannot. The bran particles can cause the gluten mesh to tear and become leaky. That is why it often is difficult to get an adequate rise with whole grain bread. Adding dough enhancer or vital wheat gluten does help with this although  you can make a soft, light whole grain bread without it with experience.

                                   

Lethicin —  Lecithin is an emulsifier which helps other ingredients mix more easily and remained mixed. It will also extend the shelf life of bread. You can make bread without it but you may want to freeze the bread if you will not be using it within a day or two.  Trim Healthy Mama Lethicin is a favorite to use.

Salt — You may wonder why I add salt 20 minutes after mixing the bread dough. Salt can inhibit the flour from absorbing water. Whole grain flour takes longer absorb moisture. than regular white flour.  When salt and yeast compete for water, salt will win. Salt slows down fermentation and enzyme activity in the bread dough. It also, plays an important part in tightening the gluten structure in the bread dough adding needed strength to the it.   Trim Healthy Mama Mineral Salt is a high quality salt to use.

Year ago I was given a Bosch Mixer  which I love. I have used it to make 1000’s of loaves of bread and it still works great. They are a wonderful investment for your kitchen and a great time-saver when kneading bread.  Sourdough isn’t as difficult as it sounds and with experience you will soon be making incredible tasty food.  I do keep my starter in the fridge and only get it out when I want to make something. I love to mix biscuit, cinnamon rolls, and pasta and store it in the fridge for 3-5 days until I have time to make them. The cold dough handles wonderful and you get a very nice fermentation period.

Does this bread work for the THM plan? This bread is considered to be an E fuel. You will need to be sure you don’t overdue the fats as each bread slice has 1/4 teaspoon of fat in it.

Why don’t you need to use sprouted flour? Sprouted flour already has the phytic acid broken done by the sprouting. Using sprouted flour with sourdough starter will break down the flour even further result in an unstable loaf that will not rise properly. It is also a more costly flour so save it to use in sprouted bread where you use yeast as a leavening agent.

Can I use yeast in sourdough bread? You can use yeast in sourdough bread but you do need to make sure you get the full 7-8 hours of fermenting time before you bake the bread for it to be on plan.

Can I refrigerate my sourdough and bake it another day? Yes, you can. The fermenting time must be double when you refrigerate the dough to get the fermentation you need.

When you discover sourdough baking, it opens a new world. Anything made with yeast can be made with sourdough starter. PicMonkey Collage sourdough

Sourdough Biscuits THM–Crossover

Delicious soft Sourdough Biscuits add that special touch to a meal. These are a THM crossover because they contain both carbs (wheat flour) and fats (butter). I brushed these biscuits with melted garlic butter to mimic Red Lobster Biscuits. This biscuit dough  can be mixed several days in advance and kept in the fridge. In fact, I prefer working with cold dough as it handles much better.

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Sourdough Biscuits

  • 2 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour, I used Arrowhead Mills Pastry Flour***
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Combine whole wheat flour and butter in a mixer bowl. Mix until crumbly. Add milk and sourdough starter. Mix well. Place in a bowl, cover tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator. *Sprinkle baking powder, salt, and baking soda on biscuit dough. Knead until thoroughly mixed. **Press dough out ½ inch thick, fold in thirds, press out again, repeat from * twice. Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425 degree for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Biscuits baked on a stoneware pan are incredible.

*An easy way to sprinkle on the baking powder mixture is to put it in a Pampered Chef Shaker.

**When you fold the dough multiple times you will get flaky layered biscuits.

***I used Arrowhead Mills Pastry flour which is made from soft white spring wheat berries. It has less gluten and makes wonderful biscuits. It is 100% whole grain flour.

For Red Lobster Biscuits: 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese maybe kneaded in the dough along with the baking powder mixture. Melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 2 teaspoons parsley. Brush over biscuits when removed from oven.

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Sourdough Biscuits THM-Crossover

Servings 12
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups white whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine whole wheat flour and butter in a mixer bowl. Mix until crumbly. Add milk and sourdough starter. Mix well. Place in a bowl, cover tightly and refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator. *Sprinkle baking powder, salt, and baking soda on biscuit dough. Knead until thoroughly mixed. **Press dough out ½ inch thick, fold in thirds, press out again, repeat from * twice. Cut with a biscuit cutter and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425 degree for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.


*An easy way to sprinkle on the baking powder mixture is to put it in a Pampered Chef Shaker.

**When you fold the dough multiple times you will get flaky layered biscuits.

***I used Arrowhead Mills Pastry flour which is made from soft white spring wheat berries. It has less gluten and makes wonderful biscuits. It is 100% whole grain flour.

For Red Lobster Biscuits: 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese maybe kneaded in the dough along with the baking powder mixture. Melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 2 teaspoons parsley. Brush over biscuits when removed from oven.

You can find many more sourdough recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now.

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Sourdough Cinnamon Roll THM xo

Do you want a tasty guilt-free cinnamon roll with your morning coffee? Here is a sugar-free sourdough one that I make for special occasions. These are a crossover–meaning they have both carbs and fats in them. They do take planning ahead as they ferment in the fridge for 3 days before baking. I did add yeast to the dough to give the more traditional cinnamon roll taste. The sourdough starter ferments the dough making it “on plan” and the yeast helps with the rise and taste. cinnamon roll 25

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls—3 day ferment

  • 2 cups active sourdough starter
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon dough enhancer
  • 1 cup King Arthur Bread Flour
  • 4 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour–Prairie Gold, Golden 86, etc
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, optional*
  • 1 tablespoon Instant yeast—this helps them taste like the “normal” ones and assist in the rise when baking
  • sprouted flour for rolling out dough

Cinnamon Mixture

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup THM erythitol
  • 5 tiny spoons THM Stevia
  • 2 drops Loran Maple Flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black-strap Molasses
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Brown Butter Icingcompliments of Margaret Raber/Food For Life Cookbook

  • 1 stick butter, browned and cooled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup THM Gentle Sweet
  • 2 tiny spoons THM Stevia
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream

Mix starter, water, eggs, butter, and honey together in mixer bowl. Add  dough enhancer, King Arthur flour, and vanilla. Mix well. Add 3 cups flour. Mix. Add remaining flour in 1/4 cup increments mixing until you have a soft dough. You want a slack dough–which is softer and stickier than bread dough. You will not be able to knead this by hand. Let rest 20 minutes. Add salt and yeast. Mix for 6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a lid. Let rise 4 hours and then refrigerate 3 days**. Remove from fridge***. Sprinkle baking soda over dough and knead in. Dust a surface with sprouted wheat flour and press dough into a large rectangle with floured hands. Blend erythitol, stevia, maple flavoring, and molasses together (don’t use xylitiol as it will leave the rolls “wet”). Brush dough with butter and sprinkle very generously with cinnamon mixture. Roll into a long jelly roll. Cut the cinnamon rolls using a piece of heavy sewing thread—slide the thread under the roll and pull the ends across each other.  Place in well greased baking pans, cover and let rise until doubled and very puffy. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 16-18 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool completely. In a mixer bowl combine browned butter, cream cheese, Gentle Sweet, and Stevia. Whip until smooth. Add cream and whip until fluffy. Ice rolls. Store in the refrigerator and these do freeze very well. 24 large rolls.

*I don’t use baking soda as I have a mature starter and it does not taste sour.

**This recipe is styled after www.gwens-nest.com/easy-bread-recipe/ that is the reason there is white flour in it. You are allowed to use up to 1/3 white flour if you allow the dough to ferment 3 or more days.

***It is best to wait until you are ready to make the rolls to remove it from the refrigerator. The dough will be really cold and you will be able to work with it without adding extra flour to roll it out. This recipe contains both carbs and fats which is not weight-loss friendly but is great for growing children, special occasions, and those maintaining. This can also be used to make doughnut and sticky buns.
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You can find many more sourdough recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. You may also request a small jar of sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook. Buy It Now.  

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Multi-grain Sourdough Bread—THM E

Here is a tasty, fresh, soft loaf of bread that is made with sourdough starter and a combination of flours. The dough is allowed to ferment for 8 hours before baking. This breaks down the phytic acid allowing our bodies to digest it much easier. 3 breads 25

Multi-Grain Sourdough Bread

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey*
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil*
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup dark rye flour
  • 1/4 cup Masa corn flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoons dough enhancer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lecithin
  • 3/4 -1 cup white whole wheat flour**
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink salt
  • egg white
  • oats and seeds for garnish

Combine water, starter, honey, oil, oat flour, rye flour, corn flour, and  whole wheat flour in mixer bowl. Mix until well combined. Add dough enhancer, Lethicin, and white whole wheat in 1/4 cup increments until your dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl but is still slightly tacky. Let your dough rest for 20 minutes. Add salt and knead for 5 minutes.*** Put into a greased bowl turning dough to coat with oil. Cover with a lid and let it rise for 5-6 hours. Shape into a loaf.  Allow to rise for 1-2 hours. Beat egg white with 2 tablespoons water. Brush on top of loaves and sprinkle with seeds and oatmeal flakes. Wet the blade of a sharp knife and slash loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool. 1 loaf. 10-12 slices.

*You can omit the honey and oil. I use it because it just makes a nicer loaf. The honey will get eaten by the fermenting and the oil is a very small amount per slice of bread.

**the amount of white whole wheat flour will vary with how thick/thin your starter is. I prefer a thicker starter as it makes much better bread.

***you can knead this by hand using the stretch and fold method.

Here are a few of my favorite items for making sourdough bread. King Arthur Flours are  the “king” for professional sourdough bakers. I love the glass measuring bowls to keep my sourdough starter in. If you purchase items through these links, I receive a small commission but your price doesn’t change.
                                                                                          

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Multi-Grain Sourdough Bread THM-E

Servings 12
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey*
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil*
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup dark rye flour
  • 1/4 cup Masa corn flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoons dough enhancer
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lecithin
  • 3/4 -1 cup white whole wheat flour**
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink salt
  • egg white
  • oats and seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine water, starter, honey, oil, oat flour, rye flour, corn flour, and  whole wheat flour in mixer bowl. Mix until well combined. Add dough enhancer, Lethicin, and white whole wheat in 1/4 cup increments until your dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl but is still slightly tacky. Let your dough rest for 20 minutes. Add salt and knead for 5 minutes.*** Put into a greased bowl turning dough to coat with oil. Cover with a lid and let it rise for 5-6 hours. Shape into a loaf.  Allow to rise for 1-2 hours. Beat egg white with 2 tablespoons water. Brush on top of loaves and sprinkle with seeds and oatmeal flakes. Wet the blade of a sharp knife and slash loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool. 1 loaf. 10-12 slices.

Recipe Notes

*You can omit the honey and oil. I use it because it just makes a nicer loaf. The honey will get eaten by the fermenting and the oil is a very small amount per slice of bread. **the amount of white whole wheat flour will vary with how thick/thin your starter is. I prefer a thicker starter as it makes much better bread. ***you can knead this by hand using the stretch and fold method.

Pictured below Multi-grain bread, Rye, and Honey Oat Sourdough Bread. close