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Olive and Sweet Pepper Bruschetta Sourdough

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Olive and Sweet Pepper Bruschetta Sourdough


Sardo makes this incredible Olive Bruschetta mix as well as a Sweet Pepper Bruschetta. Ever since I tasted them, I’ve been dreaming of putting them into a loaf. So here goes:




Makes 3 loaves


Add ins:

150 g Sardo Olive Bruschetta, undrained 

100 g Sardo Sweet Pepper Bruschetta, undrained


Main dough:

700 g Strong Bakers Flour

200 g freshly milled Selkirk flour 

100 g freshly milled Einkorn flour 

700 g filtered water

20 g pink Himalayan salt

250 g levain (procedure in recipe)


Two afternoons before:

  1. Take 2 g of refrigerated starter and feed it 4 g of filtered water and 4 g of any kind of wholegrain flour. Let sit at cool room temperature for about 8 hours. 


The two nights before:

  1. Feed the levain 20 g of water and 20 g of wholegrain flour. Let that rise at cool room temperature overnight. 


The morning before:

  1. Feed the levain 100 g of filtered water and 100 g of unbleached flour. Let rise until doubled (about 6 or 7 hours). 
  2. Place into fridge until the next morning. 


The night before:

  1. Mill the Selkirk wheat and Einkorn berries and place the required amount in a tub.
  2. Add the unbleached flour to the tub. Cover and reserve. 


Dough Making day:

  1. In the morning, take the levain out of the fridge, give it a good stir and put it in a warm spot to get nice and bubbly. It will rise again but not necessarily double. 
  2. Put 700 g of filtered water in a stand mixer’s bowl and add the flours from the tub.  Mix on the lowest speed until all the flour has been hydrated. This takes a couple of minutes. Cover and autolyse for a couple of hours at room temperature (73F).
  3. After the autolyse, add the salt and the levain to the dough. Mix on the second speed for 9 minutes. 
  4. Add the Olive and Sweet Pepper Bruschettas to the bowl and mix until well combined. 
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place in a lightly oiled covered tub. Let rest 30 minutes in a warm spot to begin bulk fermentation. My warm spot is the oven with the door cracked open and the lights on. I get an ambient temperature of around 82F. 
  6. Do 2 sets of coil folds at 30 minutes intervals and then 2 more sets of coils folds at 45 minute intervals. Then let the dough rise by 40-50%. Total bulk was about 4 and a half hours. 
  7. Tip the dough out on a bare counter, sprinkle the top with flour and divide into portions of ~740 g. Round out the portions into rounds with a dough scraper and let it rest 20-30 minutes on the counter. 
  8. Do a final shape by 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 or big bubbles. 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 as tight boule as you can.
  9. Sprinkle a mix of rice  and all purpose or baker’s flour in the bannetons. Place the dough seam side down in the bannetons. Cover with plastic bowl covers or shower caps. 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 475 F with the Dutch ovens inside for an hour.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 think I over proofed these. They felt super soft as I was putting them into the Dutch ovens. As well, I usually try to stay under 12 hours of proofing in the fridge but these were 13+ hours in there. Oh well, they may not have sprung in the oven as much as I wanted, but they will still taste good. 


Danni3ll3's picture

I got an amazingly open crumb in spite of having rather squat loaves. I certainly didn’t expect that! 

The slices are a bit mangled because I cut the bread while it was still hot. It went on an appetizer tray that my daughter brought to the barn. I tell you, those barn ladies know how to do gourmet! 

Danni3ll3's picture

Benito's picture

Firstly Danni, your daughter is beautiful and takes after her mother.  Beautiful horse as well.

Yes wonderful open crumb and a lovely surprise when you thought it would be overproofed.  Great job and you make me want to get some of that Sardo bruschetta products to eat and then try in a bread.  Lovely baking.


isand66's picture

Both your daughter and her horse?

Im not a fan of olives unless they are made into oil ?, but I bet this must have tasted fantastic.  The crumb looks fantastic.

Happy baking.



Danni3ll3's picture

It did taste strongly of olives! Usually when I add olives, the taste is subtle, but this definitely let you know that there were olives in it. The taste of the  peppers got overwhelmed by the flavour of the olives. 
The daughter came home from the barn with an empty platter so they must have liked it. ?

gavinc's picture

My knowledge, experience and what I know from science is always challenged by people doing many different processes than I would expect. But you can't argue with the results.

The loaves look very good. Congratulations.



PS I love the pictures your daughter and her horse. You must be so proud.:)


Danni3ll3's picture

She has only been riding for the last 4 years and she works very hard on taking good care of her horse and on improving her riding skills. Never thought we’d end up adding a horse to the menagerie but there you go!

And thank you for the compliments on the bread.