Ingredients for 12 servings:
1. 2 cups proofed sourdough starter
2. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
3. 1/2 cup milk
4. 1 teaspoon salt
5. 1/4 cup honey
6. 1 cup whole wheat flour
7. 2 cups white bread flour
8. 1 cup raisins
9. 1 cup walnuts
10. cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet
1. Place all ingredients, except raisins and walnuts, into bread machine pan, in order that they are listed. Process on dough setting. When the machine beeps for additions, add the raisins and walnuts (or around 3-5 minutes before the end of the kneading cycle.).
2. When cycle is complete, remove dough to lightly floured surface and shape into 2 round loaves (or one large loaf, your choice.).
3. Place round loaves on cornmeal coated cookie sheet, cover and let rise until bread has doubled in size. Be patient, sourdough without the addition of commercial yeast can take up to several hours to rise – mine typically takes three hours.
4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes (30-40 if making one loaf.) Cool on wire rack.
5. NOTE: To proof your starter, feed it with equal parts of flour and lukewarm water, then let it sit overnight or up to 12 hours, covered. This is what develops the characteristic sour flavor and the longer the proof, the sourer it will be. If you start with 1 cup of starter and feed it 1 cup each of water and flour, you should have enough to make your bread and save the rest to start your next batch.