Add something special to a traditional garlic bread. With a little cheese, this can be a meal in itself!
- 1-1/8 cups fresh sourdough starter
- 2 medium-size fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 1 ounce coarsely chopped fresh basil
- 4 to 6 garlic cloves, sliced lengthwise into slivers
- 1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1-3/4 cups bread flour
- 1/2 cup warm water (if needed)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes (optional for more tomato flavor)
- Combine the sourdough starter, tomatoes, basil, and garlic in a large bowl. Stir in the whole wheat flour and most of the bread flour. Mix until roughly combined, then let rest for 20 minutes.
- At this point, you can add up to 1/2 cup warm water if your dough seems like it's going to be too stiff. (It will depend on how juicy your tomatoes are.) Alternatively, you can add more chopped tomatoes. Your dough should be firm but not too stiff.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead in the salt and dried tomatoes. Continue kneading for 10 to 15 minutes until the tomatoes are incorporated and the dough is soft and smooth, adding more bread flour as needed.
- Place the dough in a straight-sided food-grade plastic container with a snap-on lid and let it rise until it has doubled in size, about 2 to 4 hours. You should be able to push a floured finger deep into the dough and leave an indentation that doesn't spring back.
- Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, flattening gently with your hands to break up any large air bubbles. With a pastry scraper or large knife, cut the dough into two equal pieces and shape them into rounds.
- Lightly dust the tops of the loaves with flour and cover them with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let them proof until almost doubled in size, about 1 to 2 hours. If you press a floured fingertip into the dough it should spring back slowly.
- An hour before baking, place a baking stone on the middle rack and heat the oven to 500°F.
- Score the tops of the loaves with a blade or sharp knife and slide them onto the baking stone. Bake until the loaves are dark golden brown and the bottoms sound hollow when tapped, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool.