Are you looking for a new spin on your sour dough artisan bread? Something that you can start in the morning and have ready for dinner that night? This recipe might be just what you are looking for. It is simple, healthy, and tastes amazing. It is one of my husband’s favorites. He likes bread with substance, texture, and chew. This bread hits the spot.
Start by mixing flour, warm water, sourdough starter, honey, and salt. Mix together to create a rough dough.
When your dough has been stirred by hand and is shaggy in consistency, let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes. This helps the water hydrate the flour which encourages enzymes to begin to create gluten development.
Now it’s time to add the texture and flavor. Add in your flax seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, craisins, and dry cherries.
Now it’s time to mix it in your mixer for 5 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you will want to start turning and folding the dough. Do this four times every 30 minutes. After the dough has risen for 3 hours, gently shape it into an oval or circle shape. Place it in a banatan bowl or regular bowl seam side up, and let it rise a second time for 2 hours.
After the dough has risen for 2 hours place an enameled dutch oven into a cool oven. Preheat the oven with the pot in it to 450 degrees for an hour. Dump the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and egg wash the top. Sprinkle some whole flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and some pumpkin seeds on top.
Slash the top of bread and place it into the hot dutch oven. Cook covered for 20 minutes, uncover and cook for 20 more minutes.
Let it cool for at least an hour and enjoy a delicious, hearty, and nutrious loaf of sourdough bread!
Easy Seeded whole grain Sourdough Artisan bread
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 3/4 cup active sourdough starter 75% – 100% hydration
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup dried craisins
- 2 Tablespoons light whole flax seeds
- 2 Tablespoons dark whole flax seeds
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
- Mix together flour, sourdough start, water, honey, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until just combined and then let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Add the flax seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, and dried fruit.
- Using a dough hook, knead for 5 minutes. If making by hand, knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust flour and water as needed to create a dough that's still clinging to the bottom of the bowl, but also clearing the upper part of the bowl. It should be tacky, but not cling to your finger.
- Transfer to a medium-sized bowl, lightly coated with oil. Cover with towel and let rise for 3 hours, turning and folding four times.
- Remove the dough, turn and fold again, gently shaping the dough into a round or oval shape and place it in a floured banatan bowl or regular bowl seam-side up. Let rise for another 2 hours.
- Set an enameled, cast iron dutch oven into a cold oven and turn heat to 450 degrees and pre heat for 1 hour.
- While oven is pre heating and after second rise, place a square of parchment on the counter. Dump the bread out of the bowl onto the parchment paper seam-side down. Take one egg breaking it into a small bowl whisking to create an egg wash. Brush just the top of the bread with the egg wash and sprinkle with additional flax seeds and sunflower seeds. If you have them, pumpkin seeds work well too.
- When the oven is ready, slash the top of the loaf with a razor blade or serrated knife and transfer it to the hot pot by holding the edges of the parchment to gently lower into the pot. The bread will bake while on the parchment.
- Replace the hot lid and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to bake for another 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool at least 1 hour before cutting.