Sourdough Discard Bread Machine Recipe (with Freshly Milled Flour)

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The fragrant aroma fresh bread baking is something even the pickiest eaters can’t resist.  This recipe not only has all the deliciousness of freshly baked bread but adds the extra flavor of sourdough to give another level satisfaction to your taste buds!

Freshly milled wheat is one of the best ways to get essential nutrients in your body and what better way to do it than with delicious tasting food!  My regular freshly milled wheat bread recipe was so good that I didn’t think I could be improved upon in taste or health benefits but this recipe is an improvement in both areas. 

I have been trying and trying to find a way to make a sourdough bread in my bread machine.  There are very few recipes out there that don’t involve kneading by hand.  I have neither the time nor ability to do that because of several hand injuries over the years.  After searching high and low for a recipe combining a bread machine, freshly milled wheat AND sourdough – to no avail, I set forth to create one myself. 

I got a good taste on my first try but it took a while to get a loaf of bread that looks good.  First it rose too much and was a gigantic loaf not even able to fit in my bread box.  The next loaf over rose even more then fell creating a big dip in the middle of the loaf.  The following loaf was another fail.  Then just this week – SUCCESS!! 

This loaf has just part sourdough and part freshly milled flour. I will work on more bread recipes with increasing amounts of sourdough. 

This recipe is tweak on my standard freshly milled wheat bread recipe but also includes sourdough starter.  Sourdough not only has a unique flavor adding depth to the bread but also unique health benefits not present even in freshly milled wheat.  It is easier to digest due to the breakdown of starches before you ever eat it, has a lower glycemic index which keeps your blood sugar from rising as much as other bread, and contains probiotics like other fermented foods, which helps your body’s immune system.  The benefit, however, that you will notice first is… it tastes so good!!

The combination of sweet and sour in this bread is a multi-level delight to your taste buds!  When freshly baked, the soft, fluffy texture is literally melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Delicious enough to eat plain or with a little butter, but most delicious with a little sweetener to complement the sour taste. Honey or fresh fruit preserves give a great result or when my favorite is when turned into french toast. If you thought your homemade bread couldn’t get any better, you have got to try this!

Sourdough Bread in Bread Machine

Recipe combining freshly milled wheat, sourdough, and a bread machine. Easy and delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 90 kcal


  • 1 Bread machine
  • 1 Measuring cups set
  • 1 Measuring spoons set


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter, active and bubbly
  • 4 cups flour Cool flour first if freshly milled or it may overrise.
  • 3 tsp yeast


  • Place first 6 ingredients in bread machine pan.
  • Add flour on top of other ingredients.
  • Add yeast by creating a slight well on top of flour so it doesn't touch wet ingredients.
  • Set bread machine to "wheat bread" or with the following custom settings:
    Rest: 25 min.
    Knead: 20 min.
    Rise 1: 45 min.
    Rise 2: 35 min.
    Bake: 1 hour
    Keep warm: off
  • Enjoy!
Keyword bread, freshly milled wheat, sourdough

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