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Turmeric Sourdough with Pumpkin Seeds

Cold an gloomy weather makes me want bring the bright colors back. This loaf speaks for itself, yellow, delicious turmeric sourdough with a crunch of pumpkin seeds.


Sourdough starter 


  • 270g bread flour (90%)
  • 30g stone ground whole wheat flour (10%)
  • 207g water (69%)
  • 21g cold water added along with salt (7%), total hydration 76%
  • 6g turmeric powder (2%)
  • 30-40g pumpkin seeds
  • 60g levain (20%)
  • 6g salt (2%)



  • 7 am add starter to the water and whisk together, add flour, mix well, cover loosely, let it sit at a room temp 74-78F for about 8-10 hours until starter reaches its peak (at least triples in volume).
  • Learn how to make starter from scratch here.


  • 5 pm mix water with flour and turmeric powder, cover, let it rest 1 hour for autolyse.
  • During the autolyse process flour absorbs water, becoming fully hydrated. This activates gluten development.
  • 6 pm add sourdough starter. 
  • Mix on low speed of 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. 
  • The process of adding extra water is called bassinage, it helps to tighten up gluten. Mix on low speed of your mixing machine for 2-3 min, or with KitchenAid on speed 3 for 5-6 min until well incorporated. The dough should come up together, but still be sticky on the bottom.
  • Continue gluten development and structure building by performing stretches and folds during the warm fermentation period.
  • Leave to rest 30 min. At 74-78F /23-26C.
  • 7 pm spray your work surface with water, wet your hands to perform lamination.
  • Lamination is the process of stretching the dough as thin as you can without ripping it.
  • Spread the pumpkin seeds all over the dough, fold and it let rest for 45 minutes.
  • 7:45 pm 1st stretch and fold.
  • 8:30 pm 2nd stretch and fold.
  • 9.15 pm 3rd stretch and fold.

Performing stretches and folds will help with gluten development. Keep monitoring the dough, if it rises too fast, you can shorten the time between stretches to 40 minutes or less.

After the final stretch let the dough proof for 30 minutes 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 sourdough 

  • 9:45 pm transfer the dough on to a work surface and dust its top with flour. Flip the dough over so the floured side faces 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 minutes uncovered.

Shaping sourdough 

  • 10.15 pm dust the dough with flour. Use a dough scraper to flip it over on to a work surface so the floured sides face down.
  • Starting with 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 other side too.
  • Finally, roll the dough. Shape it into a smooth, taut roll.
  • Transfer the roll, seam side up, to a prepared proofing basket (loaf pan with kitchen towel).
  • Cover it with plastic and return the dough to the 80F (27C) environment for 15 minutes.
  • Then transfer the dough to rise for 14-24 hours in the refrigerator.


Next morning

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

Enjoy your turmeric sourdough bread!

13 thoughts on “Turmeric Sourdough with Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Boa noite querida 😘
    Maravilhosoo, sempre maravilhosoo!!
    Obrigada 😊😃😃

  2. Thank you 🙏

  3. Looks great!

  4. Hi there is your bread flour same a hard white wheat flour or is it more like white bread( kind Arthur ) flour? I am making this but I usually opt for hard white wheat flour or red
    Wheat bread flour!

  5. Hi!
    I’m using King Arthur bread flour which is made from hard red wheat 🌾

  6. This is a lovely recipe. I’ve baked it twice already.

  7. This looks amazing! What alterations would I need to make if I wanted to create the dual color swirl pattern I’ve seen in your other recipes?

    1. Just mix the dough without turmeric, then divide in 2 pieces , add turmeric to 2nd

  8. Ghete is levain in the list of ingredients for the dough. But it doesn’t show up in any step. When should it be added?

    1. There is*

      1. I have figured out the levain/starter thing :). Just begginer problems 🤭

    2. Sorry for confusion, starter and Levain is the same

  9. Hi,
    We had a similar bread at a hotel in Montreal with a slightly more complex flavor. When we went to the bakery that supplied the bread, the baker insisted that one “must” add a bit of black pepper whenever using turmeric to bring out its flavor.
    I’m still trying to recreate that breads flavor profile, and your recipe is a great start. Thanks

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