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Recipe: Parmesan-olive Sourdough Bread

This flavorful sourdough is wonderful with cultured butter, and the bottom crust of the bread relays the most delicious cheesy toasted taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup active sourdough starter
  • 1½ cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2½ tsp. salt
  • 5 cups unbleached flour
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ⅓ cup sliced black olives

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Allow the dough to rise in a greased and covered bowl until doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
  4. Gently divide dough in half and shape into two round or oval loaves on a large greased baking sheet. Slash the tops and cover with a towel.
  5. Place the pan in a warm place for about an hour or until almost doubled in size. About halfway through this hour-long rising, preheat oven to 425°F.
  6. Use a mister to lightly spray the loaves with warm water. Dust with flour for an artisan look.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust turns deep brown and the inner temperature reaches 190°F.
  8. Remove the bread from the oven and cool on a rack.

At A Glance

PREP: 1 hour, 45 minutes
COOK: 1 hour, 45 minutes
TOTAL: 3 hours, 30 minutes
YIELD: Makes 1 loaf.