Loaf 16

Spelt and white sourdough (*****)

There’s an intriguing recipe in the Panasonic Bread Maker Recipe Group UK & Ireland Facebook Group about making a Spelt sourdough loaf. I’m going to give it a try, the only difference being I’m going to try do the whole thing in the machine. It’s based on a recipe from the experience-fresh.panasonic.eu website. As I don’t want to get my hands messy I’m going to try the whole thing in the machine, beginning to end.


Stage 1

  • 80g rye sourdough starter (was meant to be 75g but wobbled)
  • 80g strong white flour (M&S organic) (meant to be 75g but matching starter quantities)
  • 80g water

Stage 2

  • 200g wholemeal spelt (Gilchesters organic) (wobble from 180g)
  • 250g strong white flour (M&S Organic) (wobble from 245g)
  • 6g salt
  • 260g water
  • forgot the EVOO again

Method (setup)

Instead of mixing the initial ingredients in a bowl, I put them in the bread machine and switched it on Menu 29 (rustic sourdough) for an hour. After an hour is when this program seems to have a little lie down. Then onto Menu 30 for a couple of hours to prove at 30℃.

Here was my timeline, which worked pretty well for the overnight bake.

  1. 1930 – stage 1 ingredients into machine. Menu 29 (sourdough dough) for an hour.
  2. 2030 – Menu 30 (sourdough starter) for two hours
  3. 2230 – Add stage 2 ingredients. 20 minutes or so on menu 32 (pizza dough).
  4. 2300 – Menu 10 (French) on overnight timer.

There wasn’t a noticeable rise after the two hours on menu 30 but the look and smell was good.


This one looks like a keeper. A few tweaks on timing (and did I forget to add EVOO, and does it matter?). But this is a good base to get right for experimentation.

Next step is repeat this success, and also I’m going to try Elly’s approach to maintaining a sourdough starter. As she says 3:27 minutes in, If that approach appeals to you, give it a try. Well, her approach appeals to me, and I’m going to give it a try!

Standard Footnotes

Breadmaker is SD-ZX2522 (discontinued) (Instruction Manual)

Most used program menus
Abbreviations sometimes used
  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • swf – Strong White Flour
  • wmf – wholemeal flour
  • M32, M30 – Menu 32, Menu 30 etc …
Other bits

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