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Dragon Fruit Sourdough

Dragon Fruit Sourdough

Here is something new and exotic for you to experiment with. My friend Maria from Brazil was so kind to share this recipe with me. I would have never thought that condensed milk and dragon fruit would work so well together in sourdough.

Ready in: 
24 – 36 hours
8-10 people
600g loaf


Sourdough starter 


  • 270g bread flour (90%)
  • 30g ultra grain wheat flour (10%)
  • 1 dragon fruit purée (200g)
  • 30g condensed milk (10%)
  • 28g cold water (5%)
  • 60 gr levain(20%) 
  • 6 gr salt(2%)
Dragon Fruit



7 am put starter into a jar with water and whisk together, add flour, mix well, cover loosely, let it sit at room temp 74-78F for about 8-10 hours. The starter has to reach the peak ( triple or more in volume).

Learn how to make starter from scratch here.


5 pm mix the dragon fruit purée with flour and condensed milk, cover, let it rest 1 hour for autolyse.

During the autolyse process the flour absorbs liquid (from the fruit and condensed milk), becoming fully hydrated. This activates gluten development.

Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit

6 pm add sourdough starter. 

Mix on low speed with your mixing machine for 2-3 min, or KitchenAid on speed 3 for 3-4 min until well incorporated.

Cover, let it rest for 30 min.

6:30 pm add salt and extra water. 

Dragon Fruit
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The process of adding extra water calls bassinage it helps to tighten up gluten. Mix on low speed of your mixing machine for 2-3 min, or KitchenAid on speed 3 for 5-6 min until well incorporated. The dough should come up together, but still be sticky on the bottom. We will continue gluten development and structure building by performing stretches and folds during warm fermentation period.

  • Leave to rest for 30 min. At 74-78F /23-26C.
  • 7 pm wet your hands and perform 1st stretch and fold.
  • 7:45 pm 2nd stretch and fold.
  • 8:30 pm 3rd stretch and fold.

Performing stretches and folds will help with gluten development.

Sugar from dragon fruit and condensed milk might make fermentation process go faster. So keep monitoring the dough, if it’s rising too fast, you can shorten time in between stretches to 40 min or less.

After the final stretch let the dough proof for 30 min at 76-80F/ 23-26C. You should see some bubbles on the surface, the dough has to become lighter. We are looking for 40%-50% rise.

Preshaping dragon fruit sourdough 

  • 9 pm Transfer dough to a work surface and dust the top with flour. Flip the dough over so floured sides are face down. 
  • Fold the dough onto itself so the flour on the surface remains entirely on the outside of the loaf. This will become the crust. 
  • Place the dough round on a work surface and let it rest for 30 min uncovered.

Shaping dragon fruit sourdough 

  • 9:30 pm Dust the dough with whole wheat flour. Use a dough scraper to flip the dough over onto a work surface so floured sides face down. 
  • Starting at the side closest to you, pull the right 2 corners of the dough to the left, then fold them up into half of the dough. Repeat this action with the left 2 corners.
  • Finally, roll the dough. Shape into a smooth, taut roll.
  • Transfer the roll, seam side up, to a prepared proofing basket (loaf pan with the kitchen towel)
  • Cover the dough with plastic and return the dough to 80F (27C) environment for 15 min. 
  • Then transfer the dough to rise for 14-24 hours in the refrigerator.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit
Dragon Fruit


Next morning:

  • Preheat oven to 500 F, place a cast iron pan with a lid inside for 45 min -1 hour.
  • Remove dough from the fridge. 
  • Flip it over on parchment paper, score it with a sharp knife. 
  • Transfer to the hot cast iron pan, cover with lid (to create steam for a beautiful and crusty crumb).
  • Bake at 500F for 15 min with lid on.
  • Remove the lid, lower the temperature to 450F. 
  • Bake for 20 more min until golden brown.
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Let it cool for 2 hours and enjoy.

14 thoughts on “Dragon Fruit Sourdough

  1. Дуже цікаво.

    1. Спасибо 😊

  2. How do you make the dragon fruit purée?

    1. Put the fruit in the freezer for about 24 hours. Night before making the dough, place it in container and move it to the fridge to defrost.
      In the morning you’ll have dragon fruit purée ready 😊

  3. Here in Czech we have two types of condensed milk, sweetened and non-sweetened. Which one do you use?

    1. Hi!
      Sweetened condensed milk will be perfect 🙏

    2. Do I remove the skin before putting it in the freezer?

      1. Hi!
        No put it in freezer with skin!
        It will be easier to clean it afterwards.

  4. Ohhh…so cut it open after it has defrosted? then there is nothing further that needs to be added to make the puree? Sorry…i feel like i’m making this more complicated than it is.

    1. It will be already puréed naturally after defrosting

  5. Hi Natalya,

    Will it give the same result if I simply puree (in a blender) the fresh dragonfruit, then add it to the mix of flour and milk?

    Planning to make this tomorrow… Here, draginfruit is red… So, it’ll be interesting…


  6. May I know how can I count 30g condensed milk using spoon or cup ? Cuz I don’t have a electric scale 😅

    1. I would say 2 full tablespoons( maybe little bit more)

  7. sorry, I want to ask, what percentage of dragon fruit is used? My banneton is only enough for 200 grams of flour dough😅

    Thank You🥐🥨
    Salsa -from Indonesia

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