a.k.a. The Roasted Whole-Clove Garlic Bread like you can get from Costco

1/4 teaspoon sourdough starter
2 cups flour
1 cup warm water

3 cups flour
3/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon yeast
2/3 cup whole garlic cloves (you may prefer more or less to your taste)

The Sponge
  1. Combine the sponge ingredients in a large plastic bowl, cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place for 18-20 hours.
  2. When ready the sponge should have expanded and smell pleasantly sour and bubbling. (at this point you may wish to refrigerate for up to 7 days, just remember to bring back to room temp).
The Bread
  1. Place sponge and all other ingredients except garlic in mixing bowl, mix well and let rest 20-30 minutes.
  2. Mix again for 5-10 minutes, then cover and allow to rise 2-3 hours.
  3. Turn out onto lightly greased surface and flatten like you would cinnamon rolls .
  4. Sprinkle the garlic cloves evenly over the dough and roll up in cinnamon roll fashion pinching the sides in as you make a long oblong shaped loaf.
  5. Allow the loaf to rise covered with a towel for 2 hours or till almost doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  7. Slash the top of the loaf 4 times with a sharp knife.
  8. Spritz loaf and oven with water.
  9. Bake in 475°F oven for 3 minutes spraying 2 more times.
  10. Turn the oven down to 375°F (if it is baking to fast try 350°F).
  11. Spray often with the water and watch for the bread turning brown too fast. If it does, cover with a foil tent.
  12. Bake approx 30-40 minutes or till nicely browned and bottom thumps hollow.
  13. This bread can be a little temperamental, just watch the coloring and adjust temp and cook time as needed.


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