How to Make Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

- Ingredients -
1 cup fresh whole wheat sour dough starter (instructions below - you'll need 1 lb flour & a gallon of distilled water if making the starter yourself)
½ cup water
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup honey
1 cup + 1-2 cups whole wheat flour

- Tools - 
Weston Manual Kitchen Mixer
Weston Baking Mat

Step One | Starter - skip if you already have starter

For the starter, you will need a packet of sourdough culture, distilled water, whole wheat flour, a mason jar, a rubber band, and a piece of Cheesecloth.

Start by mixing together the packet of starter to a tablespoon of whole wheat flour and a tablespoon of water in your jar. Cover the jar with the cheesecloth and wrap a rubber band around the mouth of the jar to secure the cheesecloth. Let sit in a warm place that's 70-85 degrees for 12 hours.

Add 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of flour to the jar and stir. Let sit another 12 hours.

Add ¼ cup of flour and ¼ cup of water to the jar. Let sit another 12 hours.

Add ½ cup of flour and ½ cup of water to the jar. Let sit another 12 hours.

Pour the starter into another glass jar until you have just ½ cup of starter left in your original jar. Add ½ cup water and 1 cup flour to this original jar with ½ cup of starter.

For the next 3 days, repeat this process of discarding down to ½ cup of starter and adding the ½ cup of water and 1 cup flour every 12 hours. Your starter will be ready to use at the end of this process.

Step Two | Make Dough

In your Kitchen Mixer, combine your 1 cup of starter with the ½ cup of water. Add in the honey, salt, and 1 cup of flour and continue to mix.

Drop the dough from the mixer onto a floured surface. Knead the dough 10 minutes, adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Cover and let rise in a buttered dish for 2-8 hours, until doubled. Punch the dough down, then allow it to rise again until doubled.

Step Three | Bake

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Make a round from the dough, then make slashes in the top of the dough.

Bake on a Baking Mat at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until browned. Enjoy, perhaps with Homemade Cilantro-Lime Butter.

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