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Making Oat Sourdough & a recipe using it: Oat sourdough Bread!

A thing of beauty!

I wanted to make a new type of sourdough so I made an oat sourdough!!! I used steel cut oats that I ground in my dry container of my Vitamix! Easy! I found an old recipe for the starter & it included peeled, cored apples that you grate. This way, the oat sourdough will be fruity in flavour without tasting of the apples! I was intrigued & wanted to try this out! So, I did! I made it in 6 days. My oat sourdough has now matured to being 9 months old, this day! It starts with using 3 ingredients:

Recipe: Making an Oat Sourdough

Ingredients:

90 gr organic whole oat flakes or steel cut oats

2 apples, peeled, cored & grated

50 ml warm water

Method:

Day 1: In the morning: Make the oat sourdough.

Put oats into dry Vitamix container & place fitted lid on. Blend until it resembles flour. This only takes 10 seconds. Take a medium see through bowl with fitted lid & add oatmeal, grated apples & pour 50 ml warm water in here. With a spoon, mix well. So, your oat sourdough base is ready. Place onto a big cloth. In the evening, mix it trough with a spoon during 30 seconds, to stir air into the mix. Eveytime, close the lid.

Day 2: in the morning: the dough is more sticky, more fragrant & has risen too. Smell of apples!

Mix the sourdough dough well through with a spoon. Close the lid again.

Day 2: in the evening: mix it all through with a spoon.

Day 3: It smells like fresh yoghurt & apples!

It is getting thicker!

Day 4: It smells really fresh & like yoghurt, no apple smell anymore!

Day 5: In the morning, I fed my sourdough with 100 gr oat flour & 100 gr warm water, mixed well with a spoon. In the evening, I did the same again, feeding with 100 gr oat flour & 100 gr warm water, mixed well with a spoon!

 

Day 6: Your oat sourdough is ready & smells fresh & has a lot of wholes. This is a more stiffer sourdough!

Recipe: For 1 oat sourdough bread weighing: 830 gr!

Your ingredients:

500 gr organic white wheat flour (T 65)

100 gr active oat sourdough

6 gr salt per bread

15 gr honey (I used sunflower honey)

300 ml warm water

Method:

  1. Take Kenwood major & add all ingredients in this order into the fitted bowl. Place dough hook in. Start by mixing on low-speed, aka number 2 for 3 minutes. Now, turn speed up to number 4 & knead the dough for another 5 minutes. Stop machine from time to time to scrape the sides. Knead again.
  2. With help of a dough scraper, scrape your dough out of the bowl & onto your kitchen counter. With your hands, knead dough for a few minutes. I do the stretch & fold method for a few minutes. Flour a fitted banetton rich with rice flour. Place your dough into it. Place closed plastic bag over it & leave to rise for 6 hours in a warm place. After this time, your dough has risen a bit, but not too much because of the oat sourdough.
  3. Preheat your oven to 200 °C (392 F) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven.
  4. Place a Silpat onto an oven rack. Place your banetton upside down & carefully flip your dough out of the basket onto the Silpat. You now see circles of the banetton onto your dough. Slash it or score it just like you want & smear your bread top & sides in with water. I use a silicon pastry brush here. Lower your heat to 180°C (356 F) & bake your bread for 45 minutes or until browned & baked through! I inserted a thermometer & it stated 96°C (205 F) so it is baked through! When your bread has been fully baked, your house will smell amazing! If you tap on the bottom of your bread & it sounds hollow, it is fully baked. Carefully remove from the hot oven & place onto a wire rack to cool down completely! You will end up with a delicious tasteful sourdough bread that needs lots of butter on it! This breads tastes a bit sweet because of the honey in here.

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Vegan Strawberry Einkorn Cakes!

A few days ago, I made these lovely vegan strawberry einkorn cakes! They were absolutely the max!

Delicious Healthy Strawberry Einkorn Cakes! Mmm,…

They also make an ideal Food Gift! 🙂

Tasty for everyone!

I hear you say, what is einkorn, Sophie?

Einkorn is a type of ancient wheat.

Einkorn wheat (from German Einkorn, literally “single grain”) refers to wild species of wheat. Einkorn wheat was one of the first plants to be domesticated and cultivated. It has a high content of protein, phosphorous, vitamin B6 and potassium when compared to modern forms of wheat. It also has plenty of carotenoids. It enhances better digestion too. The low content of gluten in einkorn makes it easier to digest than modern wheat. It hasn’t been manipulated. This means that nutrients are better absorbed, ensuring that you have no tummy problems after eating any einkorn dish.

But because it is another form of gluten, people who are gluten-intolerant can digest it easily because it is different from normal gluten & it won’t show up in a gluten test! I read that. It is also know as einkorn in German, Petit épautre (Small Spelt) in French, Eenkoornmeel in my language aka Dutch.

I have made many baking dishes with einkorn flour to get to know this flour a bit more. You can’t just substitute einkorn flour for normal gluten full flour. It doesn’t work. I invented these yummy vegan strawberry einkorn cakes & made them to perfection.

Tips:

  • Beat less and at lower speed or by hand for lighter textures in cakes and muffin recipes.
  • Einkorn flour doesn’t rise much in the oven, so I added baking powder in this lovely cake recipe.

Let’s see this yummy cake recipe on the inside:

Juicy, a bit spiced up & just lovely on its own or with a vegan café latte! 🙂

Recipe: For 8 smaller cakes

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

150 gr organic whole grain einkorn flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice (koekkkruiden in Dutch)

80 gr coconut sugar

1 sachet of 8 gr vanilla cane sugar

200 gr fresh hulled strawberries, quartered & few extra

Wet ingredients:

2 flax eggs (Here I only used 2 tablespoons of ground flax + 4 tablespoons of water, mixed, left to stand for 10 minutes until thickened a bit)

75 ml sunflower oil

Method:

  1. Take a bigger bowl & sieve your flour & baking powder. Mix with a spoon. Add mixed spice, coconut sugar & vanilla cane sugar. Mix gently with a spoon. Add the quartered strawberries & fold them into the flour-sugar-spice mix until they are all covered.
  2. Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan oven) (320 F) for 10 minutes. If you have another oven it will be 180°C (356 F) In another smaller bowl ad flax eggs. Mix with a whisk & leave to stand for 10 minutes until thickened a bit. Add sunflower oil & whisk together.
  3. Pour wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients & mix. See that there are no lumps of flour left. Take a muffin-mini cake tray & line them with paper muffin tins.
  4. Fill your paper tins with the batter. See that there are equal amounts of strawberries in each mini cake! Top the extra strawberry pieces on top of some of the cakes & push them to the inside. Bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven & take them out of the tray. Place them all on a wire rack to cool down completely! When cold, eat them just like that, just remove the outer paper & munch! Excellent with a vegan café latte! 🙂 Store them into a cookie-cake box! 🙂 You like what you see? SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL TO MY BLOG SOPHIE’S FOODIE FILES! It is free! Join 2,000 email subscribers! You also get my Free E-Book to download called Healthy Vegan Christmas!11 new unpublished healthy vegan recipes & 8/10 are also gluten-free! Join me! I have 2 versions of my E-Book: one for IMac, IPad, Iphone & 1 in PDF! Just click onto the photo below to get subscribed & to get my free E-book! Enjoy!  

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Sourdough Rye Bread! A thing of beauty!

Yesterday, I made this delicious rye sourdough bread! A thing of beauty! I also used my own rye sourdough. My bread came fresh out of the oven & it weighted 919 gr! Ooh yes! My rye sourdough bread was a bit more tangy, that typical sourdough flavour! I think it is because my rye sourdough has aged well. With my first 10 sourdough breads, the tangy flavour wasn’t really there but now, when every sourdough is maturing well, it becomes more sour & that is the way, my hubby Peter & I like it! 🙂 The rye flavour gives it more depth & flavour too! Perfect with butter & cheese, I say or with a slice of good smoked Spanish ham!

Check out my beauty:

Waw!

It is a very straightforward & easy recipe. You just have to active your rye sourdough the day before & feed it. The next day, you just have to mix the ingredients in your Kenwood with dough hook. Mix for 7 minutes or so & then, knead it for 2 minutes more by hand & let it rise 2 times. Then, bake it with steam & ready! Recently, I discovered that for the 2nd rise, I floured my banetton with wholemeal rice flour & that it works a charm! I read that normal rice flour also works but I have never tried that, also I don’t have that in the house & never use it. 😉

A lovely crumb!

Now, let’s make this recipe!

Recipe: For 1 large bread of 919 gr!

Ingredients:

150 gr of very active bubbly rye sourdough

250 gr organic white flour (T 65)

250 gr organic rye flour (T 130)

330 ml warm water

7 gr salt

Method:

  1. Take Kenwood machine & place dough hook in. Add all ingredients in this order into your fitted bowl & turn power on & knead the mix onto low-speed. I put it onto number 2 for 7 minutes. Stop machine from time to time to scrape the sides. Then, with dough scraper, scrape dough out of the bowl & flour your kitchen counter a bit with T 65 flour & your hands too, to prevent sticking! Knead the dough with a few stretch & folds to strengthen the gluten within! The dough is very wet!!! Oil a big bowl & put dough in it. I place a closed plastic bag over it & let it sit in a warm place to double in size. This took my dough 4 hours. The dough is still wet! Use dough scraper to help you! Scatter your chosen banetton with wholemeal rice flour, all over & on all sides & also onto the bottom to prevent sticking from the dough later & also to form the lovely lines on the top & sides of your bread!!!  Form the dough into the shape of your banetton to fit it. Place the seam upside in your banetton. Place it again it a closed plastic bag in a warm place & let it double in size. This took my last rise 3 hours.
  2. Preheat your oven to 225°C (437 F) for 10 minutes. I also poured boiled water in a oven proof pot to create steam in your oven. Open plastic bag & place a bread silpat on your oven rack. Carefully turn your bread upside down out of your banetton in one quick movement. Now, your bread dough is lovely patterned on top & on the sides. Make slashed into the top of the dough, just like you want! 🙂 Place into the hot oven & bake for 35-40 minutes until browned on all sides & cooked though. Check oven often to prevent burning. Lower your oven temperature if you need to.
  3. When your bread is ready, risen & golden, your house will smell absolutely amazing! My dough was 919 gr! Put onto a wire rack to, cool down completely! Slice & munch! Store in an organic bread bag!

You might like these other sourdough breads!

  1. Semolina Sourdough Breads!
  2. Olive Sourdough Breads!
  3. Hazelnut Buckwheat Sourdough Bread!
  4. Semi-Wholegrain Sunflower Bread!
  5. Wholewheat-Spelt-Rye Sourdough Bread!
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Oatmeal Rhubarb Breakfast!

This morning, I invented this lovely warm oatmeal breakfast.

Delicious!

I harvested the 1st fresh rhubarb from our allotment! It was 766 gr in total, ooh yes! I used a lot green-red stalks for a lovely home-made crumble, I made this delicious one! The other 3 stalks, I used for this lovely breakfast! It is easy to make, fresh & super yummy too! 🙂

The 1st rhubarb from the garden = 766 gr!

Recipe: For 3 persons

Ingredients:

For the oatmeal:

1 + 1/4 cup (115 gr) gluten-free small-sized oats

1 cup (250 ml) water

1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened soy milk

For the rhubarb compote:

3 stalks of fresh rhubarb, cleaned, washed, pad dry, cut up into smaller pieces, each about 2-3 cm

3 tablespoons of water

organic cane sugar: about 2 tablespoons

Method:

  1. Make your oatmeal. Add all ingredients into a medium cooking pot. Stir & bring to the boil. Boil on medium-heat until your oats have been cooked. This took my oats 15 minutes. Keep warm.
  2. At the same time, put rhubarb pieces into fitted cooking pot. add water & stir often, bring to the boil. When rhubarb is started to soften, add cane sugar & stir round into the rhubarb. Boil until just cooked through & check with a fork. The rhubarb pieces has to be tender & cooked through. The pieces don’t all need to fall apart! Check if you find it just sweet enough. I like to still taste the tang of the rhubarb but yet a bit sweet!
  3. Serve at once: spoon your oatmeal at one side of the plate. Spoon your compote on the other side of the plate & serve at once & enjoy with your loved one & a cup of tea. 🙂
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Almond Sourdough Buns!

Today, I invented & made these glorious delicious chocolate chip almond sourdough buns! yes, that sounds so delicious & yummy right?

Well, they are! Just look at them:

Just coming from the oven!

Recipe: For 11 buns

Ingredients:

For the buns:

100 gr active oat sourdough (This is a more stiffer sourdough)

450 gr organic 5-grain & 3 flake flour (Mine had wholemeal flours & white flours in it.) My mix was Markal organic 5 grains + 3 flakes: White flour T 65, oat flour, rye flour, rice flour, wholemeal spelt flour, barley flakes, millet flakes, sesame & wheat gluten)

60 gr unsweetened soy milk

200 gr warm water

7 gr raw cane sugar

40 gr vegan milk chocolate chips

20 gr soft vegan butter

20 gr white almond flakes

6 gr salt

Just before baking, to brush tops of the buns with:

melted vegan butter

Just brushed with melted vegan butter & slashed!

Method:

Day 1:

  1. In the evening, make your bread mix. Take Kenwood machine & place dough hook in. In fitted bowl ad first 6 ingredients. This is the sourdough, 5-grain flour, soy milk, warm water, cane sugar, vegan milk chocolate chips & almond flakes. If you have a stronger aged oat sourdough, it is possible that you need to add more warm water, bit by bit,…otherwise you don’t end up with a nice sourdough, the inside will be too dry then! Start mixing on low-speed, aka number 2 for 2 minutes. Then leave the dough to rest for 20 minutes. The flour is allowed to absorb the moisture = autolyse. Now, ad last 2 ingredients. This is the margarine & the salt. Start mixing again on medium-speed, aka number 3 for 5 minutes. Then, turn up to 5 & mix for 5 minutes more.
  2. Take dough out of the bowl & place onto kitchen top. You don’t need no flour here! With your hands, knead for another 3 minutes, to stretchen the gluten inside! That is what we want. I do the stretch & fold principle. Then, turn the dough again! This during 15-20 minutes. Your dough has to be smooth! Shape a boule shape. Oil a big bowl & place dough in it. Place closed plastic bag over it. Leave on the kitchen counter, sitting on a big towel, to rest for 1 night.

Day 2:

  1. In the morning, after 8-12 hours of rising, remove plastic bag. Your dough has doubled or tripled in size! Place dough onto kitchen counter & weigh the dough. Mine was 850 gr. Divide with dough scraper into 11 equal sized & weighted portions. 850 gr divided by 11 = 77 gr each! It is easy this way. Roll each dough piece into a round ball, space them well apart onto a silicon baking sheet onto an oven rack. Take 2 oven racks to form 11 bread buns. Now, dust some 5 grain flour over the top surface of each bun to prevent sticking to the plastic bag that you are going to put over them to rise until doubled in size. This took my buns about 2-3 hours. Preheat your oven to 200 °C ( 392 F) for about 10 minutes. Melt some vegan butter. Just before placing the buns into the oven, make a slash with your dough scraper or a sharp knife in the middle of each bun & brush each bun , all over the top & sides with melted butter. Place into the hot oven & bake for about 25 minutes or until golden & baked through. Place each bun onto a wire rack to cool down completely! These buns are utterly delicious! MMM! Excellent with just some vegan butter or with vegan butter & apple/pear sirup!
MMM!

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Vegan Wholewheat Pancakes with raspberry vanilla sauce!

Hello lovelies!

Today, I invented these lovely vegan wholewheat pancakes. I topped them with a super easy raspberry sauce.

I used frozen raspberries, added 1 sachet of vanilla cane sugar & 2 tablespoons of water. Heated it on medium-heat & after 5 minutes your lovely sauce is ready to pour on top of each pancake! Super filling are these lovely wholewheat pancakes. I ate 2 & they really fill you up! I didn’t use any sugar nor oil the pancake batter! Ooh yes!

Recipe: For 6 thicker medium pancakes

Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

1 cup (155 gr)  of wholewheat flour

1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water, mix & leave to stand for 10 minutes until thickened)

250 ml unsweetened soy milk

For the sauce:

260 gr (2 cups + 1/4 cup) frozen raspberries

2 tablespoons of water

1 sachet (8 gr) organic vanilla cane sugar

Method:

  1. Take medium bowl & add wholewheat flour. Add flax egg & mix with a whisk. Now, pour soy milk onto the mix & mix in. Your batter is now ready & will be thicker!
  2. Place frozen raspberries, vanilla cane sugar & water into a fitted cooking pot & bring to the boil. Boil until fully unfrozen & cooked through. The sauce must be thickened a bit. Boil for about 5-10 minutes. I serve my sauce half warm.
  3. Heat oil into a hot pan. When super hot, pour small soup paddle of batter into the centre of the pan. With the back of a spoon, spread the batter evenly round in the base of the pan. Fry for about 2 minutes or more or until one side is fully baked & with help of a pancake flipper & fork, flip the pancake over & fry the other side for 1 minute or more, until fully baked. Repeat. Re-oil your pan if you need to. Stack the pancakes onto a clean big plate & place another big plate on top of it to keep warm. Makes 6 thicker pancakes! To serve: Top a pancake with the lovely warm sauce on top! Yummy!! 🙂   ♥ Stay Tuned & subscribe by email! Join 1,850 email subscribers now!!! It is free!!!! Click the photo link here below to subscribe!!! Treat yourself to my Free E-Book: Healthy Vegan Christmas! 10 new unpublished recipes of me & 8/10 are also gluten-free! 

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Sourdough Kamut Bread Rolls!

2 days ago, I invented & made these delicious Kamut Sourdough Buns! An easy recipe that is adaptable from the previous recipe aka my semolina sourdough bread but I changed only one ingredient. The semolina flour , I changed into organic kamut flour, I used the same quantity so 250 gr organic kamut flour.

Ready to cool down!

Let’s look at that interior:

Recipe: For 9 bread rolls

Ingredients:

190 gr oat sourdough

270 ml warm water

260 gr organic white flour (T 65)

250 gr organic kamut flour

9 gr salt

Method:

  1. Take Kenwood Major & place dough hook in. In bowl, add oat sourdough & warm water & mix on low-speed number 1-2 for 1 minute. In another bowl, add white & kamut flour & salt. Mix well with a spoon. Now, pour flour-salt mix to the sourdough-water mix. Knead on low-speed , number 2 for 3 minutes & then turn speed up to number 4-5 for 5 minutes of kneading. Then, take out of the bowl with your clean hands and a dough scraper. You don’t need any flour!!!! Knead the dough by hand for another 3 minutes or so. I did the stretch & fold method a few times to stretch the gluten within! Then, I lined a Bread Silpat & placed it onto an oven rack. I formed 9 rolls aka buns of them & shaped them round. Make them as big or as small as you want. You have to know, that they will expand! I rise this sourdough for 1 long 6 hours rise! Scatter some kamut flour over the surface top & sides of each roll to prevent sticking to the closed plastic bag.
  2. Place each into a closed plastic bag & let it rise for 1 long rise for 6 hours in a warm place!!! They all will slowly rise! When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 220°C (428 F) for 10 minutes. After that, score your bread top, like the pattern you want. Place just boiled water in a ceramic dish besides your bread tin & close your oven. Lower heat to 200°C (392 F) & bake for about 25 minutes.
  3. When ready, buns are browned & risen. Tap on the bottom to see if baked through. If it sounds hollow, it is fully baked! Place onto a wire rack, to cool down completely. When ready, eat with a big smile on your face! 🙂 Yummy Yum! They won’t last for 2 days! Do you have any tips in scoring your bread tops better? Do I have to slash deeper?         Like what you see & want receive my posts per email? Subscribe here & join 1,800 email subscribers! You will get my free E-book: Healthy Vegan Christmas too! When you subscribe to my blog, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription & then, you will receive a final thank you email where you can download the recipes in the format that you want.

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