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Simple Whole Grain Sourdough Bread Recipe

Updated on November 3, 2012

Recipe Rating

4.3 stars from 4 ratings of Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread benefits

Switching to a sourdough bread is one of the healthiest choices we can make regarding our diet. Sourdough is the bread of ancient times, people have been eating it for thousands of years and receiving its benefits.

When I talk about sourdough bread, I am talking about whole wheat, or other whole grain bread, not sourdough made with bleached white flour.

Regular bread is leavened using traditional baker's yeast, saccharomyces cerevisiae, which does not bring our bodies same benefits as sourdough bread does. Sourdough bread on the other hand, has a wide range of different beneficial bacteria and yeasts which leaven the bread and pre-digest gluten, making it easier for the digestive system to process gluten and to make sure it will not "leak-out" into the blood stream undigested, causing gluten allergy. Nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and iron in naturally fermented, sourdough breads are more bio-available for our bodies, than these same nutrients in regular breads.

Sourdough starter is what is used to produce a sourdough bread. Starter contains live beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Starter will need to be purchased in the beginning, then the same starter can be reused indefinitely, all you will need to do to keep it alive, is to store it in the fridge and add a little bit of water and flour to it once in a while. I had my sourdough starter for about 4 years now.

Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread


Before making this sourdough bread recipe, please take your starter out of the fridge, measure 2 cups and leave it on the kitchen counter to get activated, for about an hour. Make sure you left starter for the next batch, and added 2 cups of non-chlorinated water and 2 cups of whole grain flour to it, and put it back in to the fridge. Always keep your starter in the glass jar, not plastic or metal.


  • 2 cups of liquid sourdough starter
  • 1.5 Tbs of liquid honey
  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of warm soy milk (or regular milk)
  • 2 Tbs of grape seed oil or light olive oil
  • 3 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg yolk (to spread on top of the bread before baking)


1. Mix together sourdough starter, honey, salt, oil and warm milk.

2. Mix together flour and the sourdough mixture .

3. Kneed well, until everything is completely mixed.

4. Spray oil onto a glass bowl, place sourdough in it and lightly cover with cling plastic wrap, make sure wrap will not touch the dough when it will rise. Leave it to rise for at least 6 hours, I leave it overnight, I found this to be the best way to do it. I make the dough before going to bed and leave it to rise until the morning.

5. After 6-10 hours, lightly kneed the dough again, to help release the gas bubbles which were formed in the dough and to "feed" the active components of the dough.

6. Place into the greased loaf pan, spread egg yolk over the to of the bread, this will give your bread very beautiful top crust.

7. Leave sourdough to rise for the last time, in the warm place, until it doubles in size, about an hour.

8. Bake for 35 minutes at 370 F.

Enjoy your tasty bread and it's health benefits!


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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      SkeetyD, I am glad you liked my recipe :) Thank you for your comment!

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Healthy and it looks delicious. The recipe is easy to follow as well. Great hub!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you dwachira! I should try it, I am sure you will love it!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would like to try this grain sourdough bread recipe. I like brown breads and this looks great. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much vespawoolf, yes sourdough is extremely healthy, and actually if you just keep your starter in the fridge and add some water and flour to it every other week it can live indefinitely, I heard of some starters that were hundreds of years old! I once had completely forgot about mine, got so busy with a new baby that I didn't do anything with it for a year! didn't even add water or flour and it still survived! after a year, I took it out added water, flour and it was alive again!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Wow, I had no idea sourdough was so healthful! I've made it before, but I'm afraid my dedication doesn't reach to keeping the starter alive for an extended period of time. Mine always dies eventually. Now you've motivated me to try it again, and with whole wheat bread. Voted up! Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Ivona, thank you so much for stopping by and commenting :)

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Glimmer Twin Fan, sourdough is very simple to make, you should definitely try, thank you for your feedback :)

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      Ivona Poyntz 5 years ago from UK

      I don't think I've tried sourdough bread: must rectify this. Great hub!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      I might have to try this! I have never had any luck with bread, not sure why. This looks really good!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have never ever made bread before hehe so this is very interesting. :)

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. This way please to the Hubnuggets this week Have fun reading and voting!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      I am so glad that I have inspired you Au fait! :) thank you for your feedback!

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      You have inspired me. I'm saving your recipe for this delicious looking bread and adding it to my to-do list. I've collected some really yummy recipes from different hubbers and I hope to be able to set some time aside one of these days and try them all out.

      Voting you up and useful!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much Olde Cashmere! I am glad you liked it!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I have a friend who's mom made this kind of bread once in a while, I always loved it. This looks healthy and delicious MargaritaEden, great work. Voted up, interesting, useful, and shared :)

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you very much viking! and you should definitely try sourdough, this bread is The bread we should always eat :)

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I have never eaten sour bread before but you make it look very tasty. I may just give this recipe a try. I love the photos too.

      Sharing with followers and Twitter. Voted 5 stars

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Angela!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is great healthy and yummy. I will share this!