Date and Pecan Sourdough

date and pecan sourdough recipe|| cityhippyfarmgirl

I like knowing what the date is. Life with three small people seems to be a whirl wind of calendars, times and places to be. All those things would be a bit of a mess without knowing what the date was.

I also like my dates to be surrounded by a square, a calendar with big squares for me to scribble things on. There is not much point in me putting things in my phone as I invariably check it only after the activity or appointment is that I’ve just missed, (and I still don’t like to be that enslaved to technology anyway.) If there is enslavement to be had, I much prefer it to be with my kitchen calendar, with the big quares.

Put it on the calendar; I have been known to shriek out.

Why wasn’t it on the calendar? I demand.

Checking those little squares for where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing is part of my obligatory morning routine. Never in a studious, calm fashion where I neatly check off things as they go by. No, it’s done as I close the fridge with my foot. Toss the second school lunch box to the bench, reach for the cup of tepid tea on my left and yell out; have you cleaned your teeth yet!? That’s when I do my laser scanning eye over the appropriate square and silently hope I haven’t forgotten to add something on this particular date.


How about you? How do you keep track of the date and all the things going on your life? 

date and pecan sourdough recipe || cityhippyfarmgirl

Date and Pecan Sourdough

400g refreshed starter (100%)

300g wholemeal spelt flour

450g flour

550mls water

200g chopped medjool dates

100g pecan halves

1/2 tsp dark malt flour

2 tsp salt

Mix all your ingredients together except your salt. Mixing for about 6 minutes. Now leave it. Go find something else to do for about 40 minutes.

Add your salt and mix again for about another 6 minutes or if by hand until you get a smooth dough.

Put it back in the bowl and leave it for about an hour.

Dough out on to the bench, and do a three way fold. Back in the bowl for another hour or so. Divide the dough in two and then do a three way fold with the two portions. Leave them on the bench for twenty minutes or so.

Shape it. Laying it on lined trays, banetton baskets or tins, cover it and prove for 1-3 hours. Bake at 220C with steam.


33 thoughts on “Date and Pecan Sourdough

  1. What a lovely looking loaf. It’s such a rich colour and pecans and dates are a wonderful combination. I too, am guilty of putting appointments in my phone and then forgetting about them, even with an alert! I need a visual prompting so I also have a calendar in the kitchen to keep me on schedule xx


  2. Keeping track of dates is not something that I’m good at, mostly because like you, I’m closing the fridge with one foot, handing over a lunchbox with one hand, lukewarm chai in the other whilst shouting – clean your teeth! 🙂 lol evocative :). I use a combination of my outlook calendar, ipod calendar and wall calendar. It seems to work, kind of 🙂


  3. used to do the same as you in the same frenetic i have a small diary but i don’t always remember to put everything in it..but i don’t seem to forget the great colour of your it tasted good..x


  4. The bread looks divine! I would love to eat that right now with warm butter or drizzly honey and a gorgeous cup of tea. Me and Calendars – yep, a little more OCD that you, I like my calendars to start on Monday and end on Sunday. I like the squares too. I’ve been known to use my phone for calendar items – that is i phone home and get hubby to put the date on the kitchen calendar. My favourite calendar is the one from – I get this one every year.


  5. I am with you on a good old fashioned calendar – love choosing a new one each year with some pictures to make me feel happy. Your loaf looks fantastic – and quite like one I made yesterday – my first cake with some sourdough starter which also had nuts and dates (but also chocolate)


  6. On my calendar with lots of colourful pens and highlighters each fighting to stand out from the other events and appointments. Oh just superb – i love contrasting textures. Your little tribe are so lucky to be recipients of tasty artisan baking.


  7. Until this month, I was a hard format diary girl. I started every work day with it, and it contained work and home To Do tasks. Now I’m in limbo land between jobs, that system isn’t so useful. We have a calendar with square too and that is getting far more use! I will also confess to liking Google calendar on my phone’s home page as whilst it has the technology downsides, my husband is better at adding things to that then to our paper calendar (and we have shared Google calendars).

    Love this bread too!


  8. mmm looks good. Definitely large squares on a calendar. If only I could get everyone else to write on it too, especially when they want me to do something for them. Mine hangs on the back of the kitchen door so I can check it straight after I’ve put the kettle on for breakfast.


  9. Poetry in bread. There is something incredibly soul satisfying about taking a loaf of homemade bread out of the oven and setting it to cool on a rack. The sum is SO much more than the amalgamation of it’s parts when it comes to bread. It’s almost primal. I love how this bread looks, so full of promise, chewy toasty goodness and add a cup of tea to the mix and you have pure heaven for an early winters morning when it’s still dark outside. Fortification for the soul. You nailed it Ms CityHippyFarmgirl 🙂


  10. Oh god, I’ve just become a slave to the calendar, and I’ve got the feeling it will only get worse when my eldest goes to kinder next year!


  11. I am very much a squares calendar girl. Being on the road, i am constantly driven crazy by not knowing the day, date etc. Can’t use the phone one, so I had to make myself a little paper calendar in my notebook. Love the bread too!


  12. The obsessive compulsive planner in me puts everything into my phone calendar,, I keep track of all the things happening, even set alarms to ensure I don’t miss them, and have a pretty calendar on the wall that I cross off each day, the wall calendar is so I feel a sense of achievement.
    Big fan of the bread too, I admire you making a loaf, if you even need a taste tester, Ive totes got your back. 🙂


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