"When a woman stays at home and cooks with good judgment and understanding, peace and happiness result. She thus controls the family's health and destiny, also her husband's mood, disposition and feeling, and assures the futures of her children." - Jaques DeLangre

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Soaked Dough Recipe

For a long time I have been making homemade whole wheat bread for my family. I thought that was the most nutritious choice UNTIL I learned about the benefits of soaking my grains. I had no idea how to make bread out of soaked grains! That is when the Good Lord sent me Caralee. She and her family moved into our neighborhood, and after only a few hours of knowing her it was clear she was a kindred spirit! She taught me how to make this soaked dough and I LOVE IT!

Caralee's Dough
4 cups buttermilk
1 cube butter, melted (on the stove top!)
6 cups whole wheat, ground (about 9 c. ground flour)
1 TBLS baking soda
1 TBLS real salt

Put the melted butter and buttermilk in a large bowl. (I use a glass bowl.) Add about 8 cups of the flour and mix well. Add more flour as needed to make a stiff dough. Cover the bowl tightly w/ plastic wrap and let it sit on your counter for
12 - 24 hours. When you are ready to use it add the baking soda and salt, knead well.

~ I use buttermilk that I have cultured myself. To start it I bought some buttermilk from the healthfood store. I put 1/4 cup buttermilk in a glass quart jar, filled it the rest of the way up with RAW MILK, put a lid on it and set it on the counter for 12 hours. TA DA! Buttermilk. (You MUST use raw milk. Processed milk will just spoil in the jar. If you don't have access to raw milk you can just use the buttermilk from the healthfood store. It's not very expensive.) When you use the buttermilk just leave about a 1/4 cup in the bottom of the jar and fill it up with raw milk and start the process over. I culture mine in a 1/2 gallon jar now because we use so much of it!

~ You can make your buttermilk stretch by using 2 cups buttermilk and 2 cups water in this recipe. Right now I use 3 cups buttermilk and 1 cup water.

~ You can also use a good quality yogurt if you have no buttermilk. That's what I used when I first started making Caralee's Dough. I used 2 cups Dannon All Natural plain yogurt and 2 cups water. Just be sure the yogurt is not low fat.

~ Sometimes the outer layer of the dough takes on a grey appearance after it has soaked. THIS IS NORMAL! When you knead in the soda and salt it will almost disappear.

~ I make a batch of dough every night. I try to do it while I'm making dinner. Then I can make lots of fresh, soaked bread items the next day.

What I make with soaked dough:
The options of what you can do with Caralee's Dough are many! Here are my favorite.

1. FLAT BREAD - Use a walnut sized clump of dough and roll it out thin. Cook it for a few minutes on each side in a little butter. Even easier if you have a tortilla press! You can wrap up lots of different things in it! My favorite is to top the flat bread with black beans, brown rice, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. I melt this under the broiler in my toaster oven. YUM!!

2. BISCUITS - I use half the dough and I add 1 TBLS of sucanat when I am kneading in the soda and salt. I roll out the dough and cut it into biscuit shapes with a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass. I place the biscuits on my rectangular baking stone and cook them for about 20 -25 minutes on 350. We like them with butter and honey.

3. MUFFINS - I use half the dough and add the salt and soda. I also add 3 eggs, 1 tspn pure vanilla, and 1/2 cup sucanat. For Apple muffins I add 1 peeled and grated apple, 1/2 cup raisins, 1 -2 tspn cinnamon and a dash of allspice or nutmeg. I mix this all together - this takes a few minutes, be patient! I put the mix in buttered muffin tins - it would be better in stone muffin pans - and cook for about 25 minutes. For banana muffins I add (after the soda, salt, eggs, vanilla and sucanat) 3 mashed bananas and 1 tspn cinnamon. You really could make them any flavor you want!

4. CINNAMON BREAD STICKS - I use half the dough and roll it out on my round or rectangular baking stone. (I sprinkle a little arrowroot powder on the stone so the dough won't stick.) I melt 3 TBLS of butter and 4 TBLS honey in a small pan. Add 1 tspn cinnamon. Spread the melted mix over the dough. Bake at 350 for about 20 -25 minutes. Let it cool for 5 minute and then use a pizza cutter to cut it into sticks.

There are lots of other things to do with Caralee's Dough! I will post more soon. Please ask me if you have any questions. Caralee said she would also be glad to help. Let me know if you want her contact info.


  1. Thank you so much for this recipe. I've been allowing my bread to rise for a long time in the refrigerator, hoping this would serve the purpose. I'm so glad to have this recipe.

    I was wondering if you could post some resources for learning about soaked grains. I've only heard a little about them on the internet.


  2. The best resource is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. You should be able to get that off amazon.com. The book is HUGE and SO full of information. It's a must have! I also love westonaprice.org. That is a great resource for all things nourishing!

  3. Thanks. Living overseas I have to buy everything I read, and it's hard to choose what to buy, but with you and others' high praise of the book, it's next on my list.

  4. I looove your blog! So happy I found you!

    Your recipe calls for a "cube" of butter. How much is that? I make my own raw butter so just curious.


  5. How awesome that you make your butter! I would like to hear how you do that. 1 cube is 1/2 a cup. Glad you like the blog - thanks for the kind words!

  6. Can you please give baking directions on how to use this recipe for "sandwich-style" bread? (instead of flat bread or muffins or biscuits) I'm in need of some homemade bread and it would be a great time to try this recipe out! Thanks!

  7. I'm just trying this recipe today and I would also like to know the baking instructions for regular bread. How many loaves does this make? Can I split this up into a loaf of bread and one of the other bread items? Thanks for your help!