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A Southern Twist: Pimento Cheese Sourdough!

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A Southern Twist: Pimento Cheese Sourdough!

A Southern Twist: Pimento Cheese Sourdough!

This might be my favorite sourdough variation ever. Okay, maybe second to my Dark Chocolate Chunk endeavors. Anyhow, the red pepper and cheddar cheese compliment the tang of the sourdough so perfectly...and the slight sweetness of the white flour and's good, y'all. It's really good. The following is the formula I developed for one loaf.

Note: I don't have crumb pictures for the boule/batard...only from a ciabatta version I baked. The crumb for the boule/batard looked similar, but rose more with the 76% hydration given below.


400 g all-purpose flour (could, alternatively, replace 50-100 g with whole wheat!)
280 g cool water
200 g 100% hydration white starter
11 g salt
10 g malt powder (optional)
3 g ground black pepper
60 g roasted red peppers, finely diced and drained of liquid
60 g finely chopped cubes of sharp cheddar cheese
15 g cream cheese


1) Prepare your starter/levain however you like, such that it will be ready in 8-12 hours.

2) Mix flour and water in a large plastic bowl and autolyse for 8-12 hours (if you're unable to do the super-long autolyse, you'll be just develops the gluten and sweetness of the flour in such a nice way).

3) Add the levain, salt, malt, black pepper, red pepper, cheddar, and cream cheese, and squish through your fingers until incorporated (the technical term is the "pincer method," but I have to be honest. I just squish!). Stretch and fold the dough over itself for an additional 3 to 4 minutes after mixing.

4) Stretch and fold the dough 4-16 times (1-4 full turns) at 30 minute intervals over the next 1.5 to 2 hours. Watch the dough to determine whether it needs three or four folding sessions.

5) Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 2-4 hours after the last fold, or until increase roughly 80%.

6) At this point, you can either put the container in the refrigerator for 4-72 hours before shaping and proofing, or shape and proof immediately.

7) Shape into a boule or batard and proof in a brotform/banneton for between 2 and 3.5 hours at room temperature, or 30 minutes at room temperature and between 8 and 18 hours in the refrigerator. In any case, try to proof until 45-55% increased in size.

8) If you've shaped and proofed at room temperature, pop the loaf in the freezer for 20 minutes before releasing from the brotform.

9) Bake at 475 F for 18 minutes with steam, 20-25 minutes without.





Edo Bread's picture
Edo Bread

As I made a couple loaves with olives recently I though pimento would be great in here... I love how it looks, really wish I could taste this one!

Dave's picture

This looks soooo good! Love the colors, and great scoring! I still have yet to experiment with cheese and this is definitely giving me the urge to finally try it.

Nice work!



dabrownman's picture

with all that cheese!  Love the red peppers too.  Lucy has finally moved up the cheese and jalapeno bread we had in Galveston to the top of the bake list so we will be right behind you with some sprouted grains in  there somewhere iIm guessing.  We love the way these loaves look inside and out.


Well done and Happy Baking 

nmygarden's picture

Pimiento cheese - what child of the South hasn't been served this? Soft, rich and a bit tangy, plus those warm colors. Oh, yum. And dab is right, wait 'til Ian gets a load of this! I can hardly wait to hear about the jalapeno cheese bread to come - one of the best combos around, for sure!

Enjoy your cheesy bread and thanks for sharing it with us!


a_warming_trend's picture

I'm really looking forward to trying this a few more times (with levain% variations, of course!).