Here is what you will need to make this recipe:
- 2 cups sourdough starter
- 4 cups cool real buttermilk OR 1 cup yogurt with 3 cups of cool water
- 8 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cups honey
- 8 to 8 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Mix all of the starter ingredients together and then let sit until the mixture has doubled. This will take 1 to 6 hours depending on the starting temperature of your ingredients.
|Starter first looks like batter|
|When mixed after rising the starter now has a bit of body|
Next, add into the starter all of the rest of the ingredients, adding in the flour one cup at a time until the dough is no longer wet and sticky but don't add any more than what is needed.
Knead for 10 minutes and then place all the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Let rise again, in a bit warmer place, for about an hour until it is doubled.
Finally, punch down the dough, shape into loaves and let rise a final time (about another hour).
When risen, bake the loaves at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.
Top with melted butter, if you like, after removing them from the oven and then let cool.