Wednesday, August 11, 2010

sprouted lentil sourdough bread

Now that I seem to have the basic tenets of sourdough bread making down, I decided to branch out a bit on my repertoire. Since I've seen a few bread recipes with lentils, that seemed like a fun place to start. I started by soaking my lentils the evening before. I used 1/2 cup of lentils soaked in 1 cup of water.

I covered the lentils and my fermenting sourdough starter under the same towel and let them rest overnight.

My sourdough starter (mixed with spelt this time) became nice and frothy overnight.

And as I slowly cooked the lentils over low-med heat, most of them sprouted a bit. Sprouted lentils make a more complete protein with additional amino acids not present in unsprouted lentils so this was a positive development.

I blended the cooked sprouted lentils then mixed them in my dough, which ended up being 5/9 spelt, 1/9 white and 1/3 stone ground wheat. (definitely a guesstimate on the combination totals)

The 2 loaves I made turned out quite lovely, and although I thought they might be better with butter, the kids seemed just as happy with jam on these.

Nice thick delicious slices!

My brother and his family are in town for one last visit before their move up north. Aren seemed to enjoy his bread!

A lovely dinner of baked beans, pan roasted potatoes and carrots with rosemary and fresh corn...with a side of bread!

Finn will take his with blueberry jam, thank you.


  1. Those are so pretty! I wish we had time these days to keep a starter going-- it just always seemed to get away from us. I HIGHLY recommend the dried cherry pecan bread in Bread Alone!

  2. Your bread looks great! Sounds yummy having lentils in it. Love your sons jam moustache, thats how you know their enjoying it:)

  3. Looking yummy! Beautiful bread!

  4. This looks wonderful Joy! Thank you so much for sharing this, I have been wanting to bake more breads, and now I think it is time:)

  5. Oh wow! The bread looks great and I'm sure it tastes delicious. We gotta try your recipe! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Oh that bread looks good. So tasty with jam too. If I could I'd steal a piece :)

  7. Oh this looks so yummy! I need to get myself some starter.

  8. Oh yum!! Can you package up some and send it my way? :)


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