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Garlic, Scallion, Olive and Old Cheddar Sourdough 

Danni3ll3's picture

Garlic, Scallion, Olive and Old Cheddar Sourdough 



Another everything but the kitchen sink bread. A friend of mine suggested these add-ins so here we are!



Makes 3 loaves 



200 g mixed sliced olives

225 g old cheddar cheese, grated

27 g fresh chopped scallions

2 tsp minced garlic in oil


Main Dough

100 g freshly milled Selkirk wheat flour 

100 g freshly milled rye flour 

100 g freshly milled Red Fife wheat flour 

775 g unbleached strong bakers flour

750 g filtered water + 50g

20 g Himalayan pink salt

30 g local yogurt

250 g 100% hydration levain (procedure for this is in recipe)

Extra whole grain and unbleached flour to feed the levain


The night before:

1. Mill the grains on the finest setting of your mill or measure out commercial whole grain flour of the various grains if you don’t mill your own.

2. Place the required amount of each freshly milled flour in a tub and add the unbleached flour to it. Cover and set aside.

3. Grate the cheddar, add a tablespoon of flour and toss with your fingers to separate the shreds. Place in the fridge overnight.

4. 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. Feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 50 g of wholegrain flour as well as 50g of strong baker’s flour. Place in a warm spot. Let rise until doubled (about 4-5 hours). Take the cheese out of the fridge to warm up before being used in the dough. 


2. About two hours before the levain is ready, using a stand mixer, mix the water with the flours, and mix on speed 1 until all the flour has been hydrated. Let this autolyse for a couple of hours.


3. Once the autolyse is done, add the olives, the cheese, the scallions, the garlic, the salt, the yogurt, and the levain to the bowl. Mix on speed one for a minute to integrate everything, then mix on speed 2 for 9 minutes. Add the extra water gradually if needed. Mine needed it. 


4. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 30 minutes in a warm spot (oven with light on).


5. Do 2 sets of coil folds at 45 minute intervals and then 2 other sets at 30 minute intervals, and then let the dough rise to about 30-40%. It should have irregular bubbles visible through the sides of the container and bubbles on top as well. 


6. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~875 g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let rest 30 minutes on the counter.


7. Do a final shape by flouring the top of the rounds and 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 fold 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.


8. 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, 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 22 minutes at 425 F. Internal temperature should be 205 F or more.


I still got good oven spring but the dough did feel a tad overproofed. Probably because I decided I didn’t want to get up at 5 am to bake and pushed it to 7. 🤷🏼‍♀️


Benito's picture

Beautiful baking Danni, these must be delicious.


Danni3ll3's picture

They all went so I didn’t get to taste one. 

craigalancarr's picture

I have to make this one.  I wish I could come up with these ideas.  My struggle is how much of the add ins to use.  

Danni3ll3's picture

for ideas or I ask friends. This was one of my friend’s idea.