Sourdough breakfast bread with spelt, fruit , nuts and spices

Sourdough breakfast bread

This is a wonderfully moist, tasty and nutritious start for your day full of fruit, nuts & spices. It’s also a great mid-afternoon snack for when your energy levels are dipping.

First thing to say is that the original idea was not mine. This recipe is a sourdough adaptation of Ed & Marieke’s yeasted muesli bread which you can find on their beautiful blog. Their recipe is lovely and will be useful to you if you are in more of a hurry to produce the breads. Obviously, there’s differences in the taste.

Fancy finding out how to make it?
Read on…

Sourdough breakfast bread recipe

This recipe makes two approximately 900g loaves

There are two major components. First, you make a ‘soaker’: a mixture of fruit, nuts & grains (the muesli) which you pre-soak so that it does not take water from the dough. Second, you make up the white & spelt sourdough. Then you combine the two.

For the soaker


Dried cranberries 40g
Hazelnuts 40g
Pumpkin seeds 40g
Raisins 40g
Jumbo oats 40g
(You can use whatever you fancy really for your muesli to the total weight of 200g)

Boiling water 200g


Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the boiling water, stir and leave to soak & cool.



100% hydration sourdough starter 208g
Strong white flour600g
Spelt flour 256g
Ground cinnamon 2tbsp
Fresh ground nutmeg – about half a nutmeg
Water (warm) 200-250g (depends on how you feel handling the dough, wetter is better)
Yoghurt 200g
Salt 15g


Mix all the ingredients, except the salt, together until you have incorporated them all. Leave for 20-30 mins.

Add the soaker and salt and squidge together until well mixed.

Then stretch & fold the dough (see videos in this post for details) at 30 mins and then on each hour for about 4 hours in total.

Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape into rounds. Place in well floured banettons or bowls with well floured towels. Cover with oiled plastic so they don’t dry out.

Place in a warm place and prove for 2-3 hours depending on temperature. They should increase in size by about another 50% or so.

Turn out your dough onto baking sheet and slash to your artistic taste. I can fit two loaves on my baking stone. You may have to do one at a time, in which case, pop one of the loaves in the fridge while the other cooks.

Bake at (fan) 230°C for 10 mins, spritz with water once or twice.Then turn oven down to 200°C for 30 mins depending on your oven.
Breakfast bread slices
Hope you like them. I would love to see how you get on, so please do send or link to pictures. All suggestions for improvements very welcome.

Update 26 June 2011: This post has just been featured on the really informative Northwest Sourdough, Discovering Sourdough gallery run by the inspirational Teresa Greenway. Do have a look around there because there are some really great bakers’ produce shown there. Teresa’s main site is also an essential visit if you’re interested in sourdough.






9 responses to “Sourdough breakfast bread with spelt, fruit , nuts and spices”

  1. Maureen Avatar

    I've never used spelt flour, how wacky is that? This bread is definitely calling me.

  2. Carl Legge Avatar
    Carl Legge

    Hi Gregoire

    'Earthy' a good description. I love the nutty wholesome taste of the spelt.

    Merci Chef for popping by 🙂


  3. Gregoire Michaud Avatar
    Gregoire Michaud

    Nice baking Carl! Loving the addition of yogurt in there… I've been experiencing with whole spelt flour and "white" spelt flour; really good flavors.
    Beautiful earthy loaves! 🙂

  4. Carl Legge Avatar
    Carl Legge

    Hi Joanna

    Thanks for your kind words.

    Yes, often toast the nuts and then take skins off in a tea towel. And I just did a loaf with toasted rye flour too.

    One of the things I like with this bread is its simplicity for the great result you get.

    Perhaps I should bring some to Bethesda?


  5. Carl Legge Avatar
    Carl Legge

    Hi there Ray

    You could probably get by with just a lihgt knead with this one with a long fridge prove. Worth a try.


  6. Avatar

    Another fab loaf – pop a couple more slices in the toaster for me please 😀 – have you tried using toasted nuts in your bread yet? I know it's one more stage of preparation but it really repays the time involved, even more flavour! Though this particular combo probably doesn't need it with all those fruits and spices. Bon Appetit!

  7. Ray Avatar

    Looks great! Will try one of Mick's seed loafs first to get experience of using a "soaker" but will definitely give this recipe a go. I like the "stretch and fold" method you suggest. Unfortunately I am not always around to do this when I am working mid-week and so resort to the 10 minute knead before breakfast… home made bread tastes good whatever… 🙂

  8. Carl Legge Avatar
    Carl Legge

    Hi Miskmask

    My pleasure, hope you both enjoy it.


  9. miskmask Avatar

    Brilliant. Hubby's glucose levels can cope with this one easily. Thanks, Carl, for blogging this one.