Pistachio and Beer Sourdough

I was at the grocery the other day, as I walked by the liquor section, a sudden idea came to my mind. hmm… What would my sourdough be like if I hydrated it with beer? I find it amusing to have such idea for someone does not drink. I have gastric problem that gets aggravated by drinking liquor. But…But I would like to try how my sourdough would taste like. I am curious. So I grab one pilsner made in Singapore, look at its alcohol content. hmm it is 5.4% , I guess not too strong, which is good because I do not want my sourdough to end up very bitter. So here I am sharing my recipe. My husband and I loves the texture and taste. And it goes perfectly well with my homemade cheese pimiento.


  • 155g white flour
  • 100g wheat flour
  • 200g pilsner beer
  • 6g salt
  • 6g avocado oil
  • 23g honey
  • 90g starter (1:4:4)
  • handful of grinded roasted pistachio

Mix both kinds of flour together with the beer, mix well. Autolyse overnight, about 12 hours. The next day I added in the starter. Mix well and waited for 30 minutes. Add in the honey, mix well, then the oil, then the salt; ensuring everything is well incorporated. I did my first stretch and fold then mixed in my grinded pistachio. I did a total of 3 stretch and fold with an hour interval in between. Then I shaped the dough and let it proof for 4 hours at 25 degree celsius.

Preheated the oven with a cast-iron pan at 300 degrees celsius, then lowered to 250 degree celsius and baked with steam for 20 minutes followed by another 20 minutes at 220 degree celsius.

The loaf has risen nicely and tastes wonderful. It gives a subtle hint of bitterness from the beer, sourness from the lactic acid and the nutty flavour from the pistachio. Together with my homemade cheesy pimiento spread, it gives rich flavours in just one bite. Now this is a keeper. I will definitely bake this over and over again.

This looks good isn’t it?


Jalapeño Dubliner Sourdough

Ever since I learnt to make sourdough, I have been addicted to it. Through trail and error, I have been making and testing different combinations and flavours to achieve the perfect sourdough. Today I’ve decided to blog it out and share my recipes with you.


  • 255g Bob Mill Artisan Bread Flour
  • 195g water
  • 5g Salt
  • 6g oil
  • 90g levain (fed 10g of mother starter, 40g flour, 40g of distilled water)
  • 150g shredded dubliner + 50g shredded dubliner for the toppings
  • Jalapeno
  • Jalapeno and garlic seasoning (optional, or you may add in roasted minced garlic)

Autolyse the flour and water overnight for 12 hours at my counter table at 28 degrees Celsius. Add in the levain, and incorporate it well into the autolysed mixture. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes. Add in the oil and salt, ensuring that everything is incorporated well. Cover and set aside the mixture for an hour. I did 2x of stretch and fold with an hour of interval. Then I went out and was not back after 3 hours, hence the timing between my second and third stretch and fold was a bit longer. When I came back, I took out my dough, sprayed some water on my table and stretched out the four sides of the dough, spreading over it around 150g of shredded dubliner and sprinkling 2 TBS of jalapeño and garlic seasoning. Fold it in and shape into the banneton and cover, let it rest for about an hour at 25 degrees Celsius before keeping it into the refrigerator. I leave it there overnight for about 12 hours.

I preheated my cast iron to 300 degree celsius in the oven, the brought it down to 250 degrees Celsius to bake for the first 20 minutes with steam. I did this immediately after I took it out from the fridge. After 20 minutes, lower down the temperature to 200 degree Celsius. Took out the bread and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top then add in the chopped Jalapeño. Bake the bread for another 20 minutes.

hmmm the aroma!
See the oven spring?
yummy yummy !
Say no to diet!!

I decided to indulge myself a little by toasting it with mozzarella and beef salami. Whoops! There goes my diet! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: “ca-pub-6794850184068002”, enable_page_level_ads: true });