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Olive Bruschetta and Parmesan Sourdough 

Danni3ll3's picture

Olive Bruschetta and Parmesan Sourdough 


Olives are something that I would never eat although with time, I will now have the occasional one. That being said, it’s odd that I quite like the Sardo Olive Bruschetta mix. I’ve used this in other breads but this time, decided to pair with shredded Parmesan cheese. No crumb shot as they all sold, even the loaf I usually reserve for us. 




Makes 3 loaves


Add ins:

175 g Sardo Olive Bruschetta, undrained 

100 g Parmesan 


Main dough:

800 g Strong Bakers Flour

200 g freshly milled Selkirk flour 

100 g freshly milled Spelt flour 

700 g filtered water + 25 g

20 g pink Himalayan salt

250 g levain (procedure in recipe)

Extra wholegrain and unbleached flour for feeding the levain


The night before:

  1. Mill the grains and place in a tub. Add the unbleached flour to the tub as well. Cover and set aside.
  2. Take 10 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 20 g of water and 20 g of wholegrain flour. Let that rise at cool room temperature for the night. 


Dough Making day:

1. Early in the morning, feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 50 g of strong baker’s flour and 50 g wholegrain flour. Let rise until doubled (About 5 hours). 

2. About two hours before the levain is ready, put 700 g of water in a stand mixer’s bowl and add the flours from the tub.  Mix on the lowest speed until all the flour has been hydrated. This takes a couple of minutes.

3. Autolyse for a couple of hours at room temperature. 

4. Once the autolyse is done and the levain has doubled, add the salt, the olive bruschetta, the Parmesan, and the levain to the bowl. Add the extra water if needed. Mix on the lowest speed for a minute to integrate everything, then mix on the next speed for 9 minutes. 

5. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 45 minutes in a warm spot (oven with light on). 

6. Do 2 sets of coil folds at 45 minute intervals and then 2 more sets after 30 minute intervals. Let rise about 30%. 

7. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~800 g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let rest 30 minutes on the counter. 

8. Do a final shape by flipping the rounds over on a lightly floured counter. Gently stretch the dough out into a circle. Pull and fold the third of the dough closest to you over the middle. Pull the right side and fold over the middle and do the same to the left. Fold the top end to the center patting out any cavities. Finally stretch the two top corners and cross over each other in the middle. Roll the bottom of the dough away from you until the seam is underneath the dough. Cup your hands around the dough and pull towards you, doing this on all sides of the dough to round it off. Finally spin the dough to make a nice tight boule.

9. Sprinkle a  mix of rice flour and all purpose flour in the bannetons. Place the dough seam side down in the bannetons. Let rest for a few minutes on the counter and then put to bed in a cold (38F) fridge overnight.


Baking Day

1. The next morning, about 11-12 hours later, heat the oven to 475F with the Dutch ovens inside for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn out the dough seam side up onto a cornmeal sprinkled counter. Place rounds of parchment paper in the bottom of the pots, and carefully but quickly place the dough seam side up inside. 

2. Cover the pots and bake the loaves at 450 F for 25 minutes, remove the lids, and bake for another 20 minutes at 425 F. Internal temperature should be 205 F or more.


I’ve noticed that whenever I use this particular olive mix that I don’t get a lot of natural scoring like I do with some of my other recipes. This batch is probably the best I’ve had. That’s not to say these were flat loaves though. There was very decent oven spring. 


Benito's picture

I’m sure it was really yummy Danni, those bruschetta mixes are quite delicious on their own and in a bread along with Parmesan cheese would be great.


happycat's picture

You inspired me to look up Selkirk wheat.


I recently bought some farro and sprouted spelt both in grain form. Have you noticed a difference letting fresh milled flour rest overnight? Thanks.

Danni3ll3's picture

spring wheat that Daybreak Mills grows.

As to letting fresh flour rest overnight, I honestly have no idea if it makes a difference. I mill it the night before so I can feed my starter in the morning and go back to bed until it’s time to mix the flour and water for the autolyse. I usually try to prep as much the night before because I really like my bed. Ha ha! And yes, I do get up horribly late. Eternal teenager here I guess. That or night owl. Whatever it is, my natural body rhythm is to stay up late and sleep late. 🤷🏼‍♀️