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Sourdough and Garlic Sourdough

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Noodlelady

Sourdough and Garlic Sourdough

Sourdough and Garlic Sourdough

Sourdough and Garlic Sourdough

This past weekend I baked 4 loaves of sourdough; 2 plain and 2 with roasted garlic. The 2 garlic breads (middle) I baked on my stone and the other two I baked one at a time in my cast iron dutch oven. I'm used to baking in my dutch oven with coals from a wood fire, but I wanted to try it in my home oven since reading all about it here on The Fresh Loaf. I baked them about a half an hour with the lid on then about 20 min with the lid off. The texture of the crust is a bit crunchier than the ones baked on the stone, but otherwise not much difference.

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AnnieT

Lovely loaves, Noodlelady, and I especially like the circular slashing. What did you use for a blade? Another question, how did you roast the garlic? I have been reading the many ways mentioned lately and can't decide which is best. Just know I will have to try it one day, A.

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Noodlelady

Thank you, Annie!

I just use a single edge razor blade to slash. I held the blade in place and twisted the loaf around while sitting on the parchment, working my way up to the middle from the outside.

As for the garlic, I bake it in loosely wrapped foil (about 350° for 20-30 minutes) with a little bit of olive oil, then open up for a bit till it gets a little brown. Size of cloves can vary the roasting time. You just need to watch them. Hope that helps. If I want some extra "perfume" I add some sprigs of thyme or rosemary into the packet as well.

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browndog

Noodlelady, I have been reluctant to use fresh garlic in bread because James Beard said in his Bread book that it goes rancid quickly. Now I'm beginning to think he and I are missing out. Do you find that the flavor holds up well? This is assuming the bread lasts long enough to test?

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Noodlelady

Browndog,

The fresh garlic is roasted and not used raw. I think it would be very strong and probably not very palatable if used raw in the bread dough. Roasted, the garlic becomes mellow and "sweet." I've never made a loaf that I didn't like the flavor! You should try it!

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mrkhmusic

I'm fascinated by dutch oven cooking (outdoors with charcoal), and recently (well, the last two years), I've been practicing breads a lot.  I've managed to have some hits, and a lot of misses.  It's nice to read of someone else doing it as well, and your pics are VERY impressive.