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Rhubarb Strawberry Spiced Sourdough Bread

Rhubarb Strawberry Spiced Sourdough Bread is an easy breakfast bread made using Rhubarb and strawberry and spiced with fennel and ginger.
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Keyword: Bread, Breakfast, Rhubarb, Sourdough, Spices, Strawberry, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Fermenting Time: 20 hours
Servings: 1 Boule
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


To make the Chutney or Jam

  • 2 Stalks - 280 grams of Rhubarb - Around 1 Cup when chopped
  • 4 Big -75 grams - Strawberries - Around ½ Cup when chopped
  • 2 tablespoon raisin
  • 1 tablespoon - 20 grams - jaggery - can be replaced with sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fennel
  • ½ inch ginger sliced

Bread Mix

  • 500- grams Spelt & Whole Wheat flour - half and half- spelt (250 grams + Wholewheat (250 grams) - Total 3 cups
  • 335 ml water - 1.5 Cups
  • 100 grams - 1 Cup Active Sourdough starter
  • 12 grams Salt
  • ½ Cup walnuts
  • Extra dough for dusting


To make the Chutney or Jam

  • Clean and rinse the Rhubarb and strawberries.
  • Chop them roughly into small pieces.
  • In a heavy bottom pot, add the rhubarb, strawberries, raisins, jaggery, fennel and ginger.
    Chutney Ingredients
  • Let this cook on slow to medium stirring and pressing the fruits in between.
    The prepared Chutney using Rhubarb an strawberry
  • Cook until the rhubarb is soft and done.
  • Let this cool completely.

Making of Bread Dough

  • In a wide bowl add in the flour, active sourdough starter, salt, prepared chutney and walnuts.
    Adding all the ingredients in dough
  • Give it a nice mix.
  • Now add the water slowly reserving ¼ cup.
    Adding Water in Dough
  • Add the ¼ cup only if required. I added all, but my dough was a bit wet to handle.
    Mixed Sourdough
  • Mix everything and keep it covered for 16-24 hours for fermentation. If you are in a hot environment, the fermentation time may reduce too.
  • I have kept the dough outside only, but one can refrigerate it too.
  • My dough had risen nicely after 20 hours, and it was quite active, as you can see from the bubbles.
    Fermented Sourdough

Shaping the dough

  • Now stretch and fold the dough 2 times in the interval of 30 minutes.
  • Stretch and fold means that you stretch the dough all the way up, and then fold it. Repeat this in all 4 directions and then let it rest.
    Close up look of fermente and stretched dough
  • Dust your working area with some flour.
  • Remove the dough on it and roughly shape it into a boule.
    Shaping the dough
  • For the boule, I have used a normal round bowl. Ideally one uses a proofing basket.
  • Dust a clean kitchen towel with some flour and added the shaped boule into it.
    Boule getting shaped
  • Let it rest for 1 hour

Baking the Boule

  • After 1 hour, Preheat the oven to 240 Deg C. One can use a baking stone or baking steel for baking. I am using my Cast Iron Dutch Oven for this.
  • While preheating keep your dutch oven in the oven covered as shown in the pic.
  • This will help the dutch oven preheat too.
  • Once the oven has preheated, Flip the boule on parchment paper, with a chopping board or a pizza peel below.
    Dough ready to be baked, on a parchment paper
  • Score the dough using a Bread Lame. I am using a sharp knife for this.
  • Now remove the dutch oven, and place the bread. Be careful the oven and the dutch oven is quite hot.
    Dough ready to be baked, on a parchment paper
  • Cover the dutch oven.
  • Let this bake for 20 minutes initially at 240 Deg C.
  • Now remove the cover of the dutch oven. Be careful the oven and the dutch oven is quite hot.
  • Now bake for additional 30 minutes at 240 Deg C. I lowered the temperature to 220 Deg C, as my top was getting too brown.
    Removing up of the top lid
  • After 30 minutes your boulle is done. Remove it from the oven.
  • The bread is done. I also check the internal temperature of the bread after it is done. It should register above 98 Deg C.
    Close up look of baked sourdough bread in a boule
  • Let the bread cool completely for 1-2 hours.
  • Slice and serve.


  • Standard US Cup Size used
  • Chutney ingredients ratio can vary as per taste
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