Saturday, 23 November 2019

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pull apart Sourdough Bread

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food"

The aroma from a sourdough cob loaf, fresh from the oven can only be improved upon by adding long sprigs of rosemary,  and roasted garlic and butter and reheating it a day later. I had all of the essential ingredients to make this after I had made three loaves of sourdough bread the day before, and the cob loaf had turned out beautifully. I had locally grown Eungella garlic, a large rosemary bush growing in our garden,  a couple of bush lemons in the crisper from a friend's lemon trees, and all of the other ingredients which are staples in my pantry so it was meant to be when I saw this recipe in the monthly edition of the Mindfood magazine. My goodness it is so good to be alive and to be able to enjoy this Mediterranean taste sensation, made from sustainable local produce and simple homemade bread, however a bought artisan cob loaf would still taste great and do the trick.

My bread making day seems to have evolved into Thursday, sometimes fortnightly, which means we have nice fresh bread for the weekend. I hate wasting any of the sourdough, despite what my recipe says,  so often I end up making more bread than we need.This means a loaf goes into the freezer sliced, and I can also play around with making a cob for fun and experimenting. This cob and the subsequent rosemary garlic bread has been a  fun thing to do, with a very tasty result. Beware my friends, breadmaking can become quite a passion.

I adjusted the ingredients in this recipe to suit a single cob,  when catering for my family, however just double the ingredients for two cobs or more if you are entertaining friends. One cob easily feeds 10 people for a dinner party as a side to the main meal.  In my books you can't have too much garlic or rosemary flavour so add a bit more to this if you like it as well. Next time I will add two sprigs of rosemary to each incision, as I have so much of it growing here. However just three sprigs per loaf still infuses the loaf with an amazing flavour.

My sourdough is turning out really well at the moment, thanks to the warmer weather I think, so this version of garlic bread was delicious. I am using my homemade creation of a banneton, the basket used by artisan bakers for making cob loaves. I will invest in a real banneton at some point. However at the moment so that the bread will keep it's shape whilst it is rising, I use a round cane basket, originally a Christmas basket, line it with a thick tea towel dusted with flour, cover it with a clean shower cap to keep in the heat and moisture, and then cover it with another tea towel and rise it in the morning sun. If you haven't seen my rye sourdough recipe, you can find it here.  For a cob loaf, I often replace half of the rye flour with white breadmaking flour so that it is lighter.

Here is my garlic rosemary cob loaf straight out of the oven and heading for the dinner table. Remove the rosemary, place it on a nice serving board, slice it up and enjoy.


1 garlic bulb
1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large cob sourdough loaf
75g  butter, softened
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3-4 long rosemary sprigs
salt for seasoning

Let's cook:

Preheat your oven to 200 deg C (180 deg fan forced). Place the garlic bulb on a thick sheet of foil, you might need two sheets to prevent leakage.

Drizzle the garlic with the sherry vinegar and oil and then season with salt.

Wrap the foil securely around the garlic, then place on a baking tray and place in the oven. Roast for 20 minutes, or until garlic is tender. You could bake two garlic cloves to use in something else or just add more to your bread if you love it.

Meanwhile, make three incisions along the top of your cob loaf, being careful not to slice all the way through.  Place your loaf on a lined baking tray.

Wait for your garlic to cool off slightly so as not to burn your fingers, and then squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins, into a small bowl.They will just pop out.

Add the butter and lemon zest and mix to combine.

Spread the garlic butter into the incisions in the bread, and press in the rosemary sprigs.

Season pepper and sprinkle some salt flakes or Himalayan salt across the top of the cob.

Increase the oven to 220 deg. C (200 deg C fan forced). Bake your beautiful loaf for 10 minutes, until crisp and golden on the outside and delicious on the inside whilst the aroma permeates your whole house.

Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you have a great weekend doing whatever you have planned.

Best wishes



  1. Looks so yummy and aromatic with garlic and rosemary!

  2. Wow Pauline, I will have to try that when I get my sourdough making mojo back. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thanks Chel, I'm sure your sourdough is waiting just around the corner, or you could just buy a cob.

  3. Thank you for this recipe I really want to try this. I am not a fan of the usual garlic bread but this could change my mind.p

    1. I know you will enjoy this one Bernie, and you can take the shortcut of buying a good cob loaf if you wish. Nice to hear from you, thanks.

  4. I also use a basket that's not made for bread and it works perfectly well. I don't line it with a tea towel though.

    1. I need to in my basket or it would stick to the cane I think and it comes out of the tea towel beautifully. It's about working with what you have really isn't it. Thanks Tandy

  5. this looks so fabulous pauline. nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked bread!

  6. that looks delicious, I had a big sourdough baking day yesterday. Got a book out of the library called sourdough, it is by yoke mardewi. that really gave me more confidence about the way to "knead" the bread. This is only my second attempt and I am hooked already! I also love traybakes!

  7. I am so happy to hear that you are loving your sourdough baking. I've taken note of the book and might try to get it. I also own a copy of The Larousse Book of Bread by Eric Kayser, which has some good ideas.From a book sale I think. Lovely to hear from you.

  8. Now you're bringing back memories of the bakery I used to work at. They had olive and rosemary, rye bread, on Saturday mornings. But the smell of rosemary and bread together. Delicious! Garlic too. Now you're talking.

  9. You have given me the idea to add olives to the dough sometime when I make this. Working in a bakery amongst those aromas would have been amazing. Thanks for dropping by Chris.


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