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Sourdough Olive Oil Bread

Olive oil bread is described as one of the regional or rustic breads that is typically served with cold meats or antipasti.  As a sourdough it was sensational.  Soft crust and crumb, moist and extremely tasty, textured and simply delicious.  I did follow the directions which means I used lard but you could substitute butter or any hard fat.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian


Day 1

  • 15 g Sourdough rye starter
  • 80 g Wheat flour
  • 50 g Water

Mix, cover and leave overnight.  Incidentally, this is a pretty good substitute for a Biga.  So, from now on, whenever I need Biga, I will just make the above.

    Day Two

    • The refreshed   Sourdough from above
    • 200 g Water
    • 3 tablespoons  Olive oil
    • 3 `teaspoons  Lard   Or other hard fat at room temperature
    • 420 g Wheat flour
    • 10 g Salt


    • Dissolve the refreshed sourdough in the water and then add the oil and the fat.  Mix completely.  Add the flour and knead for 10 minutes.  Add the salt and knead for another 5.
    • Let rest in the bowl for 60 minutes.
    • Remove from the bowl, do a little stretch and fold and then put back in the bowl which you have coated with olive oil.  Let rest for 60 minutes.
    • Remove from the bowl and divide into two pieces.  Shape into loose balls and cover with a damp tea towel.  Let rest 30 minutes.
    • Shape and put in baskets or tins.
    • Let rise another 2 hours or so – until risen about 50% – when you prod it gently with your finger, the indentation should come out within a minute or so.
    • Roll gently out of the basket onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment.  Brush with olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake at 200 C (400 F) for 40-45 minutes.  Yum.