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  1. says

    I’m with you – finicky sourdough is still a little intimidating for me. I’ve been meaning to search for a recipe for soaked grain bread for a while now, and this looks like a great place to start – it’s on the menu for this week. Thanks, Tiffany!

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Gayle! My easiest source for whey is straining homemade yogurt. If I’m REALLY on top of things, I can pour it off from sour cream too, but that doesn’t always happen. I bake bread in loaf pans to keep the long shape, but after punching down, I roll into a square/rectangle, fold into thirds and roll up from the end.

  2. says

    I, too, have Nourishing Traditions and got into soaking my beans and grains all the time. I had the same problem with my sourdough starter and eventually it got to be way too sour. So I quit! More recently, I’ve ditched wheat due to health concerns – after reading Wheat Belly and similar publications. Wondering what your take on that is, the fact that the wheat (even whole wheat) we have today resembles nothing like the original grain.

    So, I’ve sadly given it up, though it sneaks in here and there. It started when I realized we were having bread-related things for EVERY meal – pancakes for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for dinner. Trying to stick with protein, healthy fats, and other forms of carbs (fruits and veggies, rice, potatoes).

    • Tiffany says

      My thoughts on wheat… I know the wheat today is very different from the wheat long ago, so I’ve been trying to limit our grains to “one” at a meal (which includes all starches) and using more spelt where I can. We actually prefer the taste of spelt, but it’s rises out, not up, so I have to include some wheat in bread to make it go up. But nearly everything that’s non-yeast (pancakes, muffins, cookies, etc.) are made with spelt now. Plus I make bread just once/week, and when we’re out, we’re out!

      I’m also using rye and other flours as well to cut back on the wheat. Another option is einkorn wheat, but I haven’t tried it yet and don’t know how it varies in terms of baking properties from the wheat we’re used to.

  3. Bess Hume says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Question: Have you read about butter interfering with the soaking process?

    • Tiffany says

      Thanks Bess! No, I have not… and since it came from NT, I didn’t even think twice! Do you have any links to share?

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Bess! I experimented with our bread last week, leaving the butter out until post-soaking – it came out great! If you’re concerned, soak w/medium & grains. Next day, add softened butter (not melted) to the dough and you’re good. :)

  4. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have tried soaking my grains before making bread, but I never found a recipe I really liked. I’m definitely going to give this one a try. Thanks for the spelt reminder. It’s been awhile since I have used it, but I am looking forward to trying it again. Your pictures are beautiful!

  5. Amy H. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve made it twice since you posted it and we are loving it. I’ve been doing sourdough (using the “bucket” method) in recent months, but my family is complaining that the crust is too hard, so I was very excited to see this post. It has the softness my family wants, but the soaking that I think is most important! The second time I made it, after step 3, I put everything in the bread maker on the dough cycle. Then took it out and put it in the loaf pans for the second rise. This worked beautifully, so I think I’ll keep doing it that way :)

  6. Paige says

    Thanks for this recipe! I have made countless loaves of soaked whole wheat bread that were too crumbly to use for sandwiches. I finally gave up and went back to either unsoaked whole wheat or unbleached organic bread flour. My second batch is rising as I type this and hopefully it will be as delightful as the last batch. I doubled the recipe and used my Bosch mixer. This is our new go-to recipe!!!! Thanks again……..I am forever grateful!!

  7. emily says

    I know i’m late to comment, but i wanted to say THANK YOU for a great recipe! This has become our go-to bread for the weeks when i don’t feel like baking sourdough bread (my husband likes a European-style bread that i have to start three days before baking…which doesn’t always happen!).

    I double your recipe and bake it in three 9-inch loaf pans (I freeze two loaves and let them thaw as needed) — that lasts my small family about a week and a half. I like to substitute 1/3 to 1/2 cup wheat germ for an equal amount of the whole-wheat flour for extra flavour and nutrition.

    • Tiffany says

      It’s never to late to comment, and you’re most welcome! I’m not sure I could do bread 3 days out either… I’m lucky if I remember the night before, lol. Brilliant idea on doubling for more loaves. Less time in the kitchen is always a good thing. :)

  8. Angie says

    I have been making homemade bread for a while now and settled on one recipe but I love the idea of soaking the grains first. I have kids and hectic schedules so I also like the idea of freezing a loaf or two but have never done this. Do you bake the bread and then freeze or freeze the dough? I am not a baker to say the least! I consider myself a great recipe-follower cook! Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Angie! You bake, then freeze the bread. Some dough recipes can be frozen before baking, like biscuits or even pizza dough, but I’ve never preferred the end result that way. To make it REALLY easy later, you can even slice the bread before freezing. Regardless, wrap the bread twice – once w/plastic warp & then in a gallon bag – so it doesn’t get freezer burn. Simply re-use the plastic wrap each week!

    • Tiffany says

      Wait until the bread is 100% completely cooled before slicing. You might even consider chilling it in the fridge for 20 minutes, to make it colder and thus easier to slice.

  9. Rosemary says

    Heya, this is kindof a side note, but what was it you found hard with the sourdough starter? my mum started a starter a few months ago now, and gave me some. Since then, I’ve kept it in the fridge, forget to get it out until I make my bread (so it’s cold still, poor thing), only feed it once every few days (when I make the bread) and generally mistreat it, but it has been faithful and I’ve never had trouble. I’ve also heard you can freeze it :) I make mine at night, before bed, wake up, add a bit more flour and put it in tins to rise then cook it at lunch time. Seriously so easy! Wish I could figure out why I seem to be the only one to not have trouble!! Even mum has trouble!!

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Rosemary! It’s the remembering to pull it out enough days in advance to feed and warm to make dough that’s difficult or me. And then once it’s out, feeling the need to keep feeding it “since it’s already warm” and keep it going until bread day again. In itself, sourdough isn’t tough. But for me, when it’s compiled with all the other things going on in the kitchen and life, it was just a bit too much. :)

  10. Jennifer says

    I finally tried this! The recipe is soooo easy to follow and comes out soooo good! My family loves this bread, and I love that the grains are freshly ground and soaked. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe and for the inspiration to try it. It will be much easier to continue making bread now that I know I have a fool-proof recipe.

    • Tiffany says

      Wonderful Jennifer! I’m so glad you like it! And you’re most welcome. I love when I find a tried and true recipe that becomes a staple. I’m honored that you picked one of mine! :)

      • Rachael says

        Hi, I’m new to your page and would love to try this recipe! However, I’d really prefer to not use white flour. Do you think it will really change the end result to use all wheat flour (I don’t have spelt or anything else)? Thanks!

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Rachel! I have a Wondermill. It’s the only grain mill I’ve ever tried, so I can’t compare/contrast, but it does the job!!

  11. Jayne says

    Quick question….have you ever used the dough to make smaller rolls or buns or made a loaf without using a loaf pan? I’m not normally a bread baker but I’m anxious to try your recipe!

    • Tiffany says

      Yes! I’ve made smaller rolls before and they’re pretty tasty. A bit different than “bread,” but they did the job just as well!! Buns have a different texture, more like an egg-dough, but you could probably shape them as a bun and get away with it. 😉

  12. Kat says

    Oh my gosh YES!!! I have been trying all sorts of recipes to try and get a wholemeal loaf my kids like.
    Just whipped up 2 of these babies and by crikey they are amazing! It comes out soft and fluffy, like nothing wholemeal I have ever seen before! Finally I can stop buying them sandwich bread.
    You are my hero. :)
    It was also the most pleasant dough I have ever dealt with, like playing with playdoh instead of working!
    I soaked in 75% yoghurt 25% milk.

    • Tiffany says

      You can Veronica, but Ms. Fallon is very clear about soaking grains 100% of the time. All-purpose flour doesn’t need to be soaked, which is why she indicates using it at the end of the recipe. Honestly, I think you’re fine either way. :)

  13. Cheri says

    This bread is so good. SO GOOD!! I don’t mean to yell, but…oh wait, yes I do, I want to scream it from the mountain tops. “This bread is so gooooooooood!” Hahaha. Just kidding. In all seriousness though, this bread has got me trying to think of any way I can incorporate it into my meals. For some reason there seem to be a lot of sandwiches on my meal plan now…hmm, wonder how that happened 😉 I think to myself while I’m eating it, “You know what would go good with this bread? More bread.”

    I think you get the picture by now that I love this bread. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Tiffany says

      LOL – this totally made my day Cheri. Thank you for shouting from the mountain tops your enjoyment for this bread! More bread with bread? Sign me up too! 😉

  14. says

    I made this last week, and it was delicious! I used half yogurt and half milk, and I also replaced half the whole wheat with spelt. I do have a question, though: would it work using the homemade buttermilk where you put vinegar in milk? I never have actual buttermilk because I always make the vinegar substitute, but I didn’t know if this recipe required real buttermilk.

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Hannah! Yes – you should be able to substitute homemade buttermilk (vinegar + milk) in place of the liquid. Let me know how it turns out!!

  15. Tiffany says

    Hi there. My sister recently shared your blog with me and I’ve tried your overnight no-knead bread (which was excellent) and am baking the soaked wheat bread as I type this. The only thing is, my bread loaves are really (I mean REALLY) ugly. I don’t know how they taste yet, as they’re still cooking, but any thoughts as to what I did wrong. I thought I followed the instructions exactly. My bread looks lumpy and didn’t rise up nearly as much as your pictures (or my sister’s) show. Being new to bread making, I’d be thankful for any tips you can give.

    • Tiffany says

      Hmmm… lumpy makes me think that the flour didn’t incorporate well during the kneading. A low rise usually means inactive yeast. I know it’s a couple days later now, but how did they turn out? Did they rise in the oven at all?

      For future lumpy, I’d make sure the flour was combined really well the night before, and then added slowly in the next morning (1/4 cup at a time) so that the flour has a chance to get mixed in well.

      I’m curious how it turned out though Tiffany – please update if you can!

      • Tiffany says

        Thanks so much for your feedback! The bread tasted great and rose a little in the oven but I’ll definitely use your suggestions next time and see how it turns out. Both my husband and I love it though, in spite of its density :). Thanks again!
        – Tiffany

  16. Sarah says

    My loaves just came out of the oven and I have to say, this bread is phenomenal! I did as Amy H. and employed my bread maker for some of the process; success!! The bread’s so moist, soft, and perfectly sliceable. It smelled good through the whole process, and tastes even better! Thank you for this lovely recipe!

  17. Bettina says

    The best bread I have ever baked! The last time I tried it in my bread machine; in the evening I quickly let the flour and butter mix with kefir (my kefir was on a runnier side and so I didn`t think it was necessary to mix with water), and let it soak covered overnight in the machine. In the morning, I directly added the other ingredients to the bread machine, turned it on “quick” because I was in a hurry, and the bread came out as great as from the oven, maybe even a little bit softer! Thank you for the great recipe!! :)
    Greetings from Vienna, Bettina

  18. Amber says

    Hi! Looking forward to trying this. When you say Kefir, does it have to be milk kefir, or can it be water kefir? My son has a dairy allergy. Any thoughts on how to adapt this?


  19. Allison says

    Tiffany, I’m currently soaking my grains, as you specified, for the first time and I’m super excited! However the flour, butter and yogurt+milk mixture seems to have made a ball of dough that’s a little like playdough. Is that the consistency is supposed to be? And will it soften enough to add the other ingredients when the time comes?
    Is it too dry? I used freshly ground wheat, is that soaking up too much of the liquid? Thanks for your help!

    • Tiffany says

      Is the consistency right – yes! It’s very different from regular dough when you first mix, but keep on with the recipe and you’ll be okay!

  20. says

    Hi Tiffany! My dough is pretty crumbly and it’s almost impossible to knead it in the stand mixer. The hook just digs in and breaks up the dough rather than forming a nice ball. Any ideas for what I’m doing wrong?

    • Tiffany says

      Hmmm… This usually comes together after 10 minutes of kneading. I would try adding 1 Tbsp of water every 2-3 minutes of kneading. It could be the environment causing the issue.

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