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Barley sourdough, inspired by the process of making Scotch whisky
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Recipe: Whisky Wort Barley Sourdough

A loaf inspired from driving through the barley fields of Aberdeenshire and Moray after a visit to the Aberlour distillery, incorporating some elements from the whisky making process
Servings: 10 slices
Prep Time20 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time20 hrs 40 mins


  • 200 g ripe leaven
  • 200 g white flour
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 50 g barley flour
  • 50 g coarsely ground barley - used to make wort.
  • 225 ml water
  • 5 g salt


  • Refresh your leaven overnight with equal weights of water and white bread flour; make sure that it is light and spongy before use.
  • Coarsely grind the barley in a blender. Add the water, just off the boil. Leave it to steep for about 40 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, run the blender on low for about thirty, to stir up the barley. Drain, keeping the liquid (the wort) and allow it to cool to lukewarm. Discard the barley.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour and most of the wort (barley water). Dissolve the salt in the remaining liquid – about 10ml is about right. Allow half an hour for autolysis, and then add the remaining, salty, wort. Squidge together the dough and added liquid, and bulk raise. Every half an hour, stretch and fold the dough a few times. After bulk raising, form the loaf and transfer to a proving basket. Proof, overnight in the fridge if wanted. Bake in a hot oven – 200 degrees C (convection), 400 degrees F, Gas mark 6, until brown and sounding hollow when tapped on the bottom.


• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2.5mg