How to Make Sourdough Garlic Bread

This Sourdough Garlic Bread recipe is delicious version of the simple Garlic Bread. This scrumptious appetizer goes perfect with lots of pasta dishes, beef, poultry, fish and salads. Sourdough Garlic Bread contains whole fresh cloves of garlic and is therefore a power pack of some very useful nutrients like Vitamin C, VitaminB6, Vitamin B1, Manganese, Selenium, Calcium, Tryptophan, Phosphorous, and Copper.

This sourdough garlic recipe is easy to make, healthful and delicious.

Prep time: 30 to 35 min
Bake time: 40 to 45 min
Total time: 70 to 80 min
Yield: one large loaf
Utensils: Large mixing bowl, spoon, whisk, baking sheets, baking tray, oven, rolling pin, kitchen towel, plastic wrapping sheet

sourdough starter: ¼ teaspoon
all-purpose flour: 2 cups
warm water: 1 cup

Flour: 3 cups
Warm water: ¾ cup
Sugar: 2 tablespoons
Salt: 1½ teaspoons
Yeast: ½ teaspoon
Whole garlic clove: 2/3 cup


  • 1

    Take a large mixing bowl and place ¼ teaspoon of sourdough starter in it. Top with 2 cups of flour and then stir in 1 cup of warm water. Blend the sourdough starter and flour until they mix well with the water and form a thick paste. Use a plastic wrapping sheet to cover the mixing bowl and set it aside for approximately 18 to 20 hours – at room temperature. It is better to leave it overnight for more consistency.

  • 2

    Check out the sponge at the end of 18 to 20 hours. If it is expanded/raised or double in size, smells pleasingly sour and bubbling – it means your sponge is all set to go. If not, then leave it for few more hours.

  • 3

    Top the sponge with 3 cups of flour and ¾ cup of warm water. Use your hand to mix up all the ingredients properly.

  • 4

    Add in 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1½ teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon of yeast.  Continue mixing until it forms a thick but smooth dough.

  • 5

    Cover the bowl and set aside for 25 to 30 minutes until the dough rises well and double in size.

  • 6

    Now unseal the bowl and knead the dough again for 5 minutes. Cover it again and let it rest for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 7

    Place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet or baking tray and flatten it with your hands.

  • 8

    Now evenly sprinkle 2/3 cup of whole garlic clove over the top of the dough and roll it up from all angles, pinching the sides and giving it an oblong loaf shape.

  • 9

    Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 1 to 2 hours or till double in size.

  • 10

    In the mean time, turn on your oven and preheat it at 475°F (246.111 °C).

  • 11

    Now cut the top of the raised loaf four times, using a cake knife.

  • 12

    Spray the loaf and preheat oven with some water.

  • 13

    Set the baking tray in the oven and bake the loaves for 3 to 5 minutes.

  • 14

    Now, reduce the oven’s temperature to 375°F (190.556 °C), spray the loaf and oven with some more water and change the angle of the baking tray.

  • 15

    Bake for 35 to 40 more minutes or until the Sourdough Garlic Bread is browned or deep golden from all sides and thumps hollow in the bottom.

  • 16

    Remove the baking tray from oven and place in the cooling rack until lightly warm.

  • 17

    Place the sourdough Garlic Bread in a large serving plate and cut into medium slices.

  • 18

    Dish up immediately for a more yummy taste.

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