Wild Rice/Craisin Sourdough Artisan Bread……

Now, that’s a mouthful!! By “popular” request, here is the recipe for these lovelies:


To begin (2 to 5 days in advance), the starter needs to be made (if not already prepared). It is the same idea as the “Herman” Friendship Bread of years ago!


2 c. flour (All Purpose or bread)                                                  

2 c. warm water

2 tsp. granulated sugar (opt. but it “jump starts” the process)

1 pkg  active dry yeast (2 & 1/4 tsp)

Mix all together in a glass or glazed ceramic 2 qt (at least) container….not metal or plastic! Cover loosely with a cloth and allow to set on the counter at room temp. until a “yeasty”, slightly sour smell is detected. This may bubble up/foam up and overflow the container if the container is too small.

Further info can be found here.


3/4 c. starter

3/4 c. warm water

1 Tbl. sugar

1 Tbl. butter

3 & 1/2 c. bread flour

1/4 c. powdered milk or non-dairy creamer

1 & 1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. yeast (yes, I add the additional yeast)

1 & 1/2 c. cooked wild rice

1/2 to 2/3 c. craisins

Place all in a breadmaker machine and set for “dough” setting. When cycle complete, shape into 2 to 3 rounds and allow to rise until doubled (approx. 1 hour) on a lightly greased baking stone or sheet. (This recipe can be made the traditional method, also.) Sprinkle tops of rounds with flour, lightly, and slash with a sharp knife to allow for “oven spring”.  Bake 350 F for 30 min. or  until nicely browned. I use convection baking, 350 F for 25 min.

After taking the appropriate amount of starter for the recipe, I replenish/stir in to the starter crock/container an additional 1/2 c. water and 1 c. flour.  I use my starter often enough that it isn’t refrigerated but left on the kitchen counter (unless I/we are away for a time).

If you have any questions, want more ideas/recipes, let me know….I have many more!!!


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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25 Responses to Wild Rice/Craisin Sourdough Artisan Bread……

  1. mtetar says:

    Thank you!!! I’m sure to try it. Be Blessed, D. Mtetar

  2. Pat says:

    Yum! Thank you! I haven’t been able to make a decent starter since I lived in Alaska and inherited a bit of a reputed 90 year old starter. That was excellent but didn’t survive cross-country moves. We’ll give this one a try.

    • treadlemusic says:

      My starter has been around (our place) a long time! I use it for everything (waffles are unbelievable!!!!!). Even have DH hooked and we haven’t purchased bread in over a year! Let me know what you think (or if any questions!).

  3. Karen says:

    thanks, I don’t have a starter right now but I can whip one up 🙂 I used to have a started all the time and then I found myself making too much bread, waffles, pancakes ect and Mike finally said he was having trouble with his diet because I was making too much good food LOL, so I slacked off for awhile but I haven’t had any for awhile so I will start one batch of starter for now and see what happens. It sounds great!

  4. gledyard says:

    They look simply delicious. Anxious to try them.

  5. witchylin says:

    That sounds really lovely. My bread maker doesn’t have a dough setting so I will have to make it the old fashioned way. US and UK cups are different sizes, however my lovely penfriend of 30 years, sent me a set of US cup measures and spoons so I can at least get the right amounts now. I love to make bread. Only trouble is we end up with too much with OH being away all week I can’t eat it all myself and the freezer gets pretty full. I will certainly make the starter and when my new kitchen is in one of the first things I will make will be one of your breads. This sounds a very silly question but what are craisins? Are they a cross between cranberries and raisins?

    • treadlemusic says:

      Sorry, ’bout that Lin! Craisins are dried cranberries. They are on the tart side (as opposed to raisins which are so sweet). I have gotten away from using raisins as that “zing” of tartness seems to “set off” other flavors so well……similar to adding lemon/lime zest to a recipe. Craisins would be found with other dried fruits: apricots, raisins, cherries, etc. I hope that helps. We end up with more bread than we should be eating so I give away many loaves.

  6. Another question…..when you say “yeast” is that fresh yeast or the fast acting dried powder version? They look delicious! Avis x

  7. ruthiequilts says:

    If only I cooked anymore… This looks amazing!!! I may pick up some yeast!

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    • treadlemusic says:

      Wow!! That bread turned out great!! Sometimes I have used the “Uncle Ben’s” brand wild rice blend and the results are very good….maybe a titch less intense wild rice flavor. Dried cranberries/craisins is something we use a lot (Sam’s Club bags are the most reasonable).
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  9. CJ Tinkle says:

    Doreen, this sounds wonderful, and I will have to try it when we get back home. I have 2 questions though. Is the wild rice actually wild rice (the grain) or one of the wild rice blends? And why do you add yeast if using sourdough?

    • treadlemusic says:

      Yes, it is totally wild rice….easy and reasonable to get here in MN in the Fall/around Thanksgiving. I have several packages in the freezer at all times…we love it! Use it in place of pasta for recipes such as Beef Stroganoff. I used the yeast to shorten the whole process (especially in the cooler times of the year). In the summer/warmer days I don’t.

      • CJ Tinkle says:

        Awesome I love wild rice (the grain) and use it quite often in my soups, but never thought to try it in bread! I’m afraid I grew up with Uncle Ben’s “wild rice” and so I always have to ask, is it “real” wild rice? LOL

        I can see now why you add the yeast. I generally have to let my sourdough mix set overnight in order for it to have a full oven spring with no yeast added. Thanks Doreen! I can’t wait to try this.

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