I’ve wanted to share a fermented sourdough bread recipe for a very long time, so I’m thrilled to write this post for you!
As I’ve mentioned before, a grain-free diet isn’t meant to be lifelong. Once you’ve taken the proper steps to heal, you can slowly add properly prepared grains back into your diet with the help of your nutritionist or holistic practitioner.
Fermented sourdough bread can often be tolerated by those with gluten sensitivities and can be a good first bread to try after you’ve been avoiding grains for a long period of time.
The process of slow fermentation allows the bacteria to break down the carbohydrates and gluten and also neutralizes the phytic acid, making it easier for the body to digest. And, sourdough bread contains healthy resistant starch and doesn’t raise blood glucose levels as much as conventional wheat bread.
Making a sourdough starter and then a fermented bread can often seem incredibly intimidating, so I hope I can take the fear out of it for you. This week I’ve been showing the step-by-step process over on my Instagram stories, and plan to offer more future IG stories so you can become familiar with the process.
This recipe comes from my friend Min Kim. She’s a master at making gorgeous sourdough loaves – you need to check out her Instagram feed! I first learned how to make sourdough using her recipe and she was kind enough to allow me to publish her recipe here for you.
She has an ebook, True Sourdough Bread, with step-by-step photos and a bonus sourdough pizza recipe. The book is just $4.95, and you can purchase and download here. Min teaches sourdough classes in Solana Beach, CA. So, if you’re in the area, you check out the schedule at Biodynamic Wellness to find out when she’s teaching.
To make a sourdough bread, you’ll need a sourdough starter. I personally used the Culture’s for Health Sourdough Starter and just followed the directions in the box. It’s easy to do, but you can also make the starter with just flour and water. Min explains all of this in her ebook.
Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need to make your sourdough:
16-ounce (or lager) mason jar
Digital scale that measures in grams and can zero out
Large glass or ceramic bowl
Large wooden spoon
2 Brotform (proofing basket) you can use round or oblong
Dutch oven (at least 5 1/2 quart or larger) or Cast Iron Combo Cooker
Clean, lint-free towels
Scoring tool or razor (optional)
2 large plastic bags (like the kind you can put a turkey in)
Here is a video I made over on Instagram that shows you step-by-step how to make this recipe.
All right! Here’s the recipe for fermented sourdough bread!