Lesson #9: Sourdoughs


How to Cook Real Food: Soaked Whole Grain

There are three primary methods for mitigating the effects of naturally-occurring anti-nutrients found in whole grains.  These methods include soaking (have you made your porridges, pilafs and scones yet?), sprouting and souring.  A combination of all three may, indeed, prove most effective in mitigating the effects of food phytate and other antinutrients and for that reason I encourage the use of sprouted flour in your sourdough preparations though any whole meal flour will work.

Baking your own sourdough bread is one of the easiest and most cost-effective kitchen solutions you will learn.  Indeed, locally, whole grain sourdough bread costs upwards of $6 per loaf, but the cost of making it at home hovers between $0.50 and $1.00 per loaf depending on the cost of flours in your area – that’s a considerable and worthwhile savings.

In this lesson, you’ll also learn not only how to start and maintain a sourdough culture but also how to use the starter in multiple ways – my favorite of which is for sourdough pancakes which offer a beautiful tart flavor to a breakfast class. Make sure to check the link section of this lesson for additional ideas in using your excess starter.

This installment includes:

VIDEO: Starting & Tending a Sourdough Starter
Artisan-style Sourdough Bread
Sourdough Pancakes
Sourdough Crackers
Basic recipe worksheet for sourdough bread, Basic recipe worksheet for gluten-free sourdough bread, Sourdough Starter Care & Maintenance Worksheet, Recipe Formula for Sourdough Breads (CHART)
traditional sourdough bread, sourdough breads across the globe, preparing and tending a sourdough starter, tips and tricks for sourdoughs, troubleshooting sourdoughs, gluten-free sourdoughs, how to proof and maintain a sourdough starter, long-term storage for sourdough
Basic and Artisan-style Sourdough Bread, Basic and Artisan-style Gluten-free Sourdough Bread, Challah, Sourdough Noodles, Sourdough Crackers, Sourdough Pizza Crust & Sourdough Focaccia, Sourdough Pancakes, Sourdough Muffins, Hot Cross Buns, Sourdoughnuts


  • Understand the nutritive value of sourdough breads.
  • Start and successfully tend a sourdough starter.
  • Bake sourdough bread.
  • Prepare sourdough pancakes.
  • Investigate other sourdough preparations.

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Videos & Links:


How to Start Sourdough

Learn how to start and maintain a natural sourdough starter. (Trouble viewing the video? Click here)

How to Bake Simple Sourdough Bread

Learn how to bake a simple, whole-grain sourdough bread. (Trouble viewing the video? Click here)

How to Make Sourdough Pancakes

Learn how to use up your leftover sourdough starter for pancakes. (Trouble viewing the video? Click here)

How to Make Sourdough Crackers

Learn how to prepare simple sourdough crackers. (Trouble viewing the video? Click here)

Links addressing Soaked Whole Grains