This is such a free form bread to me.. I had to write things down to make sure I could present this recipe in a format that other would get good results. I am assuming you know how to make bread, that you know how to look for good yeast action in a starter and that you know how to kneed your bread.
If you have any questions on the above, ask away? On with the show..
Take your Sour Dough Starter and split it.
Sour Dough Nettle Breed Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups Starter
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups of Dried Nettle Flakes. (make sure you run this though a sieve so that you do not get any little stem bits.. just crumbled dried leaf) *
- Grated Rind of one large orange or two small
- 2 TBSP of sugar
- 1 tsp of salt
- 2 TBSP of melted butter or lard or olive oil.. your choice
Mix all the above into a wet dough and let it sit in a nice warm kitchen for about 20 to 40 min till you start to see some yeast bubbles starting to break the surface.. it could take longer depending on how active your sour dough starter is.
Then once you know its active and growing.. you can work 4 to 6 cups of flour into it till you have a nice dough that is soft, workable but not sticky. Put into a greased bowl and let rise till double. Then split into two loaves and put into greased tins or sheets, allow to rise till approx. double again.. Bake at 350 till golden brown and hollow on tap on bottom
If you want a firmer crust, leave as is, if you want a softer, rub a touch of butter over the top while hot out of the oven. Allow to cool and enjoy
What a great taste to this bread. Everyone who has tried it enjoy\s it but can never figure out what the extra flavour is.. it is of course the nettle 🙂 What a great way to add nettle to your diet.. and it is going to add a massive protein boost to your bread!
That crust looks amazing! Any possibility of getting a photo of the inside (and talk about crumb; ) when you make it again?
I just noticed that the nettle patch I planted last year has survived the winter. Now I have one more thing to use them for. Thanks for the recipe!
That’s wonderful news. Glad you liked it, a friend made potato, cheese Nettle Porgies and got rave reviews on them.. they looked amazing! another great way to use them 🙂
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What a beautiful dough! I’ve never seen nettles. I’d like to try them at least once to satisfy my curiosity.
You can order seeds, or I should say, you can order seeds for them from many herbal seed sellers in Canada, I assume that you should be able to do the same in the states? I am always amazed at the cost of dried nettle leaf at the health food store.. Spendy! They are a really nice green to use in many ways.
One of the things I must do a post on is the roots, the nettle roots make a light all natural deworming tea for the critters as well