This roasted garlic sourdough bread loaf is decorated with cilantro leaves. With a perfect crumb and great flavor, this bread is a show stopper.
How to make roasted garlic sourdough bread
- First, create the levain and allow to ferment at room temperature for 8 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roast the garlic for 1 hour. Allow to cool.
- Mash the garlic with a fork and mix it with olive oil and chopped rosemary to create a paste.
- In a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the levain, flour, salt, and most of the water, mixing on low speed to create a dough.
- Increase the speed on the mixer and mix until you get a medium level of gluten development.
- Add the rest of the water and the garlic puree mixture and mix.
- The dough will be very soft at this stage, and it won't look like it is coming together, but it should have both strength and elasticity.
- Place in an oiled bowl and allow to ferment for 4 hours - folding it at 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into two pieces.
- Shape the pieces into two balls and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
- Smooth the balls into round, smooth balls and mark with an "X" on the top of each round. Place a garlic clove in the center of each X.
- Wet either cilantro or parsley leaves and arrange them artistically around the loaf.
- Dust the loaves with flour and place them, decorated side down, into a linen lined proofing basket. Proof for 4 hours.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes with steam and then 25 without steam.
This bread is excellent for grilled cheese sandwiches, for using in a breakfast casserole, for dipping in an olive oil mixture, or eating in a sandwich! Enjoy!
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Obsessed with Sourdough? Fuel your obsession with these:
- 22 g sourdough starter, 100% hydration
- 31 g water
- 30 g flour
- 30 g whole wheat flour
- 500 g flour
- 390 g water, divided
- all of the above levain
- 12 g salt
Filling and Embellishment:
- 2 whole heads of garlic
- 3 TBSP olive oil, divided
- 2 TBSP fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 unpeeled garlic cloves
- 8 whole parsley or cilantro sprigs
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the levain until well incorporated.
- Cover and ferment at room temperature 8 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Remove the outer papery layers from the garlic, but leave the skins on.
- Place the garlic in a square of foil and drizzle 1 TBSP olive oil on top.
- Wrap the foil around the garlic and place the packet in the oven.
- Roast for 1 hour, or until soft and beginning to turn golden.
- Allow the garlic to cool enough to handle, then squeeze out the garlic cloves from their skins.
- Mush the garlic with a fork, and mix together with the remaining olive oil and chopped rosemary.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the fermented levain, the flour, salt, and about 85% of the water to start with. Mix on low speed until combined.
- Increase the speed to medium and mix until you get a medium level of gluten development.
- Add the remaining water and the garlic puree and mix until incorporated. The dough will be very soft and will not come together around the dough hook but it should have both strength and elasticity.
- Transfer the dough to a well lightly oiled bowl.
- Cover and allow to ferment for 4 hours at room temperature, with a fold at 30, 60, and 90 minutes.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and divide into 2 pieces.
- Shape them into loose balls and allow to rest, covered, for 20 minutes.
- Turn the balls of dough over and gently round them into a smooth ball.
- Make a small "X" on the top of each ball of dough and twist a garlic clove in the center.
- Wet 3 or 4 parsley or cilantro sprigs and arrange them around the garlic.
- Dust the loaves with flour and place them, decorated side down, into a linen lined basket.
- Proof at room temperature, covered, for another 4 hours.
- Preheat the oven and a baking stone to 425F, as well as prepare for your method of steam.
- Turn the proofed loaves out onto a sheet of parchment paper and slash a circle about 1" from the edge.
- Slide the parchment paper onto the baking stone and bake for 10 minutes with steam, and then 25 without, until the loaves are golden brown.
- Turn the oven off and leave the loaves in the oven, with the door cracked, for another 10 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 393mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g