• 113 g sourdough starter, fed
  • 141.5 g water, warm
  • 25 g olive oil
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 7.5 g salt
  • 270-285 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1/2 C Kalamata olives, chopped


  1. Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough. Allow the dough to rise, in a lightly greased, covered bowl, until it’s doubled in size, about 90 minutes.

  2. Gently divide the dough in half; it’ll deflate somewhat. Preshape each piece of dough by pulling the edges into the center, turning it over so the seam is on the bottom, and rolling under your cupped hands to form a ball. Let the dough rest, covered, for 15 minutes.

  3. To make fat oval loaves, elongate each ball of dough you’ve preshaped by gently rolling it back and forth on an unfloured work surface several times. For longer loaves, continue rolling until they’re about 10” to 11” long.
  4. Place the loaves on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  5. Spray the loaves with lukewarm water and dust generously with flour.
  6. Make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each; a serrated bread knife wielded firmly or a lame, works well here.
  7. Bake the bread for 27 minutes, until it’s a very deep golden brown. Turn off oven, leave door cracked open, take loaf off the baking sheet, flip and cool for crispier crust.