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How to make Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread with whole roasted garlic that requires no kneading and rises overnight. 

How to make Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread with whole roasted garlic that requires no kneading and rises overnight. 

I have really enjoyed watching you perfect your Sourdough Bread over the past 6 months! Many of you have posted your beautiful loaves on Instagram, some have sent photos by email or sent texts, and I have to say, they always fill me with such delight! I just feel so excited for you, such an accomplishment. Well done! 

Many of you have been asking how to incorporate other ingredients into your sourdough loaves, so I just wanted to share one variation we’ve been making at home.

My husband is a huge fan of olives and garlic, so this Rosemary Olive Loaf with whole Roasted Garlic is basically his “dream loaf”, one that is on repeat around here.

Before I start, I want to stress, this recipe is for those who have mastered our Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe.  If you are new to sourdough baking, start there.

So start there and then come back here. OK? 😉

What you’ll need:

How to make Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread

mix flour and salt

Mix the flour and salt in a bowl.  (See the recipe card for detailed measurements.)

Mix the water and starter in another container.

mix starter and water

Wait 15 minutes and do two sets of “stretch and folds”, 15 minutes apart.  You already know how to do this, but here is a refresher.

Sourdough bread “Stretch and Fold” Technique: | 45-sec Video

Cover with a towel and let rise overnight on the counter. 

let rise and do the poke test

In the morning, the dough will have swollen, like a full belly.

When you think the dough has risen sufficiently, scrape the sides with a dough scraper (or wet fingers) and gently pour onto a well-floured surface.

Gently shape into a rectangle.

place on a floured surface.

Here’s the fun part.

Fold in the ingredients you want to add. Here I’m using kalamata olives, roasted garlic and rosemary.

The roasted garlic adds so much flavor!

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Load it up if you like. 🙂

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Then using a dough scraper lift one side up and over.

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Then lift the other side, being mindful to make sure dough is in between the filling, so the filling gets spread out in the final baked bread.

Then repeat, turning the dough horizontally, gently flattening it out again, just a little, and tri-folding, once more.

Lift it into a banneton, seam side up, pinching any seams closed.

If you don’t have a banneton, use a parchment-lined bowl sprayed with a little olive oil.

Refrigerate one hour while you preheat the oven with your lidded dutch oven inside.

When ready to bake, here is an easy way to get the dough into the dutch oven. Cover the dough with parchment and flip it onto the counter.

If you are an experienced baker, feel free to flip the sourdough directly into the dutch oven, you actually don’t “need” the parchment, we only use it here to make the dough easier to center.

Score, then bake!

Here I’m using a lame to score the bread! It makes it very easy.

If you’ve been baking a while, and plan on doing it more. Now is the time to treat yourself to a lame. It makes scoring fun!

Also, consider getting a Banneton.

Bake the rosemary bread in the 500F oven covered, remove the lid and continue baking until deeply golden and internal temp reaches 202-208F

So there you have it! How to add different ingredients to your sourdough bread.  I’m sure you’ll come up with lots of variations and I can t wait to see them! Show me on Instagram tagging #feastingathome.

On the homefront: The leaves begin their gradual turning and the sun sinks down a little lower in the horizon, creating the beautiful light I’ve come to love about the Northwest.

This week has been all about cozy slippers, making soup and baking bread. Truthfully, I’ve had some failures in the bread department. I won’t go into the nitty-gritty, but I am reminded that even if you’ve made bread hundreds of times, you still must pay attention.

Like life, there are endless possibilities for learning and the moment we think we’ve mastered it, life comes along and shows us otherwise.

Perhaps being human means each day I have the opportunity to learn a little more about that thing that keeps poking at me. And forgiving myself when I fail. Moving forward usually entails taking a few steps backward at times.  And it’s ok.

How to make Crusty Sourdough Bread, infused with rosemary, roasted garlic and olives that requires no kneading and rises overnight. Made with sourdough starter instead of yeast! #sourdoughbread

More sourdough Recipes you may like!

  1. No-Knead Sourdough Bread
  2. Vegan Banana Bread
  3. Overnight Sourdough Waffles 
  4. Sourdough Pancakes 
  5. Sourdough Scones 
  6. Sourdough Biscuits
  7. Sourdough Buns
  8. Sourdough croutons 
  9. The 3 Best Dutch Ovens for Bread Baking

Have a beautiful fall weekend and happy baking.



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How to make Crusty Sourdough Bread, infused with rosemary, roasted garlic and olives that requires no kneading and rises overnight. Made with sourdough starter instead of yeast! #sourdoughbread

Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: bread, sourdough recipes,
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: northwest
  • Diet: Vegan


How to make Crusty Sourdough Bread, infused with rosemary, roasted garlic and olives that requires no kneading and rises overnight. Made with sourdough starter instead of yeast! Allow 10-14 hours rising time!


Units Scale

Basic Overnight Sourdough Bread





  1. Read through and perfect the No-Knead Sourdough Recipe (watch the video there) I recommend not attempting this until you have mastered that recipe. 🙂
  2. Mix the dough: At night, in a large bowl, mix flour and salt together. In a small bowl, mix starter and water together using a fork. Pour the starter-water into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until relatively combined. Using a wooden spoon, or dough mixer, scrape sides and mix dough for one minute, incorporating all the flour. The dough will feel thick and heavy and shaggy. Just do your best to incorporate all the flour. If for some reason the dough will not incorporate all the flour, add a tablespoon of water at a time to get it incorporated. Cover with a damp kitchen cloth, wait 15 minutes and do 2 sets of stretch and folds, 15 minutes apart. See video.
  3. RISE: Let rise overnight on the counter 10-14 hours.  65F-70F is ideal. In the morning, the dough should have swelled, but not quite doubled. Do the poke test.
  4. Prepare your banneton dusting the banneton with rice flour and perhaps some olives and rosemary in the bottom ( which will end up being the top.) See notes for using a regular bowl.
  5. SHAPE: Using a wet dough scraper, or wet fingers, loosen the dough around the edges and pour it onto a well-floured surface. Treat the dough gently, flattening lightly with your fingertips into a rough rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick. It need not be perfect. Sprinkle the olives, rosemary and garlic over the surface. Using the dough scraper, lift up one side, stretching just a bit up and over to the middle, then fold up the other side, like a tri-fold envelope. Turn the dough horizontally.  Let the dough rest for 1 minute. Then repeat. Gently flatten with fingertips (it needn’t be as flat as the first time), then tri-fold. Pinch the seams closed and lift into the prepared banneton, seam side up.
  6. REST & PREHEAT Place dough in the fridge uncovered for 1 hour, while you preheat the oven to 500F (or 475F) with your lidded dutch oven inside.
  7. SCORE: Pull the dough from the fridge and have your lame (or sharp knife or razor blade) ready to score. Place a piece of parchment over the banneton and flip the dough, setting down on the counter over the parchment. Score 3/4 -1 inch deep at a 45-degree angle- basically wherever you want the dough to puff up. One slash is fine, or create a design.
  8. Pull the dutch oven from the oven, and close the oven door. Remove the lid,  place the scored dough into the dutch oven lifting it by the corners of the parchment. (See notes) Quickly cover and place back in the oven.
  9.  BAKE: Place in the middle of the oven for 20 mins with convection on, (or 25 minutes w/no convection ) or 28 minutes at 450F. Remove lid and it should be puffed and just lightly golden. Lower heat to 450 F, and continue baking 10-15 minutes until deeply golden and internal temp reaches 202- 208F.  No pale loaves please, let them get golden!
  10. COOL: Remove from the dutch oven, let it cool 1 hour on a rack or tilted up on its side, before slicing so you don’t let the steam out and don’t smash it- be patient. This is the hardest part. 😉. Take a picture! Feel proud. You did it!


NO Banneton: Use a parchment-lined bowl, sprayed with spray oil. Place dough seam side down. Sprinkle with flour and some sliced olives or rosemary if you like. Or even something like Everything Spice would be good here.

FLOUR: Feel free to sub 1/2 cup of the white flour with rye, whole wheat or other whole grain. Using more may create a heavy loaf.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 541.5 mg
  • Fat: 2.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.5 g
  • Fiber: 6.1 g
  • Protein: 7.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: rosemary bread, rosemary sourdough bread, olive bread, sourdough recipes, overnight sourdough bread, no knead sourdough bread

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  1. Great beginner guide! I’ve been struggling with how to make good bread for a while. Moisture is key for getting a nice crumb/lighter loaf. 🙏

  2. I’m baking a walnut cranberry in a loaf pan in a non convection oven at 450° for 28 min. To bake for the last 10-15min do I lower the temp or just leave at 450°? Thanks:) Love your bread! and kimchi!

    1. I would just check the color and temp, and gage from there- goal is 204F internal temp without it getting overly brown.

    2. Thanks Sylvia. I didn’t lower, and just watched it. It turned out perfect! Except the shape and the distribution of walnuts and cranberries. I have done this recipe a couple 3 x now and I just can’t quite figure out how to shape it so raisins or cranberries get distributed throughout. They seem to all want to congregate to the outer crust what am I doing wrong? I fold it like an envelope- and then not sure what to do after that- it says to turn horizontally but it’s already horizontal after folding like a I’m at a loss..thanks for your help!

      1. Awww, I see how my photos can be confusing. Press the olives and garlic into the flattened dough, so they stick when you fold. The first folds are from the edges towards the middle. A tri-fold. Rotatle this vertical rectangle, to a horizontal rectangle. Flatten it a bit. Then, once more fold over the edges to the middle, one edge over the other. Shape form there. Hope that helps?

  3. Hello Sylvia,

    I have been making your rosemary olive bread for two years and the result has been great, it is a bread to impress. Now lately, however, I have had two loaves where the dough rises too much and becomes quite sticky. It has no shape anymore and it is quite difficult to form. What am I possibly doing wrong? Should I allow less fermentation time? I usually make it 10 pm and bake it in the morning. I have to mention that I moved from DC to New Orleans and the temperature/humidity is different but with the AC on, shouldnt it be the same?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    1. Hi Benan- It sounds like it is over proofing, so yes I would try shortening the time. I think humidity can affect the bread for sure.

  4. I’ve been making the rosemary, olive sourdough bread for months and have had great success. Lately, however, my bread hasn’t been rising as nicely as it did in the past. I put it in my proofing oven and after a couple of hours I notice that it becomes sticky. When I attempted the poke test my fingers stuck to the dough. I refrigerated it for a few hours and then baked it, but it never rises as well as it used to. Am I under fermenting, over fermenting? Any advice you could give me is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hey Susan, I would first make sure your starter is active and happy, maybe leave it out of the fridge for a few days, feeding as hungry. Confirm that it doubles within 6 hours of feeding.

  5. Great recipe! Just baked my olives bread and it looks delicious! Didn’t try it yet, I’m going to wait for about an hour, but smells heavenly inside my house!

  6. I started a loaf last night without your directions. I added 1 Tbsp cinnamon to dough and it just won’t rise. Bummer. I’ll try again this evening and add the ‘extras’ after fermentation. I wonder why cinnamon did this!?!

    1. Oh shoot Jen! I can’t imagine the cinnamon prevented the rise, but I have never tried adding it in the first proof. Let me know how it goes. 😉

  7. Hi Sylvia,
    I’m wondering if I can make a cinnamon raisin loaf with this method. Would I need to add any honey or sugar, if so, when? Should the raisins be soaked? Thanks so much. I have loved sharing my starter, your recipes, and delicious loaves with my family and friends.

    1. Hi Jen- I do this all the time! I usually spread the rectangle with a little butter, then add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar and roll into a log and bake in a buttered loaf pan at 375F. Feel free to soak raisins or not. Diced apple is nice too.

  8. Sooooo good. I did two loaves – cheddar jalapeño and garlic herb. They both came out fantastic! My family has been snacking on them and they’re both already halfway gone. I’ll be trying sun dried tomato basil and cinnamon raisin tomorrow! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    1. Yes, Donna go to our Overnight Sourdough Bread Recipe, scroll down to the recipe card and read the Notes. You’ll see notes on using a loaf pan. 🙂

  9. I have been using this amazing recipe for the past year +. I’m wondering if you’ve made other versions/additions. I’d like to try jalapeño and cheese (with a little honey). I think the honey would go in at the beginning and maybe laminate the cheese and jalapeño at the end (when olives would be added). Or should I add the cheese in sooner. AndI think about 100g of additions would be right? Your advice please. 🙏🏼

    1. Hi Jen! I’ve made jalapeno cheddar and it is so good. I would add the honey in the beginning and cheese and jalapeno at the end- just like you said first!

  10. I made this for my friend who was visiting, sans olives per her request, but still used the roasted garlic and fresh rosemary. It turned out so well!! We ate it with your tomato soup recipe – to die for!

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