Cakes & Bakes: Caramelised onion sourdough loaf

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It’s still Sourdough September, and it was also GBBO‘s bread week, so today’s bake celebrates them both; I’ve made a caramelised onion sourdough loaf.

Caramalised onions | H is for Home

The sweet caramelised onion is a wonderful addition – and you can intensify the flavour further with the substitution of onion salt (instead of ‘plain’) to the dough.

Caramelised onion sourdough loaf dough in round banneton | H is for Home

I often find timing sourdough bread proofing stages challenging. So, although I specify rises in this recipe at room temperature, I sometimes have to put my loaf in the coldest room (believe me, it can get really chilly!) in the house for an overnight rise. Then, first thing next morning, I switch the oven on to pre-heat and get baking. This long, slow prove makes the taste of the loaf even more delicious!

Home-made caramelised onion sourdough loaf | H is for Home #recipe #sourdough #baking #realbread

We’ve had this loaf as an accompaniment to a tomato pasta dish – it makes a great mopper-upper! The following day we had what was left with goats cheese and salad.

Click here to save my caramelised onion sourdough recipe to Pinterest.

Caramelised onion sourdough loaf
Yields 1
Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
For the caramelised onions
  1. 2 medium-sized red or brown onions, finely sliced
  2. knob of butter
  3. pinch of salt
For the sourdough loaf
  1. 450g/1lb sourdough starter (100% hydration)
  2. 175ml/6⅛fl oz water
  3. 450g/1lb strong white flour
  4. 7g/¼ saltHome-made caramelised onion sourdough loaf ingredients
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For the caramelised onions
  1. On a medium heat, cook off the onions in the knob of butter adding a pinch of salt. Allow to brown before setting aside to cool
For the sourdough loaf
  1. Mix together the starter, water and salt
  2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the starter mixture
  3. Combine until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the dough begins to feel smooth
  4. Cover the mixing bowl and allow to sit for about an hour
  5. Fold the dough 8 times (8 single folds)
  6. Re-cover the mixing bowl and allow to sit for about 12 hours at room temperature or until the volume of dough doubles
  7. Turn out the dough out on to a lightly-floured work surface and stretch it out into a rectangle
  8. Spread the cooled caramelised onion mixture evenly on to the rectangle of dough
  9. With the short side facing you, fold the dough on to itself in four, equal lengths ensuring that the mixture runs throughout the dough
  10. Shape the filled dough into your preferred loaf shape (boule, batard, etc.) trying not to have any of the onion mixture poking through the top
  11. Place it into a well-floured (rice flour is preferred) proofing basket/banneton; cover and allow it to sit at room temperature for an hour or until doubled in size
  12. Preheat the oven to 260ºC/500ºF
  13. Once the dough is fully risen and the oven pre-heated, gently transfer the dough from the proofing basket to the baking tray, score the top of the loaf and bake at 260ºC/500ºF/Gas mark 10 for 10 minutes
  14. Turn the oven temperature down to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas mark 6 and bake for another 30 minutes
  15. Remove the loaf from the oven and put it on a wire rack to cool for at least an hour before slicing
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Cakes & Bakes: Sourdough Focaccia

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Home-made sourdough focaccia loaf | H is for Home #recipe

I hunted around the internet for a sourdough focaccia recipe that I liked the look of and finally came across one on the Grain Mill Wagon blog. It’s easy to prepare, I left the dough to prove overnight in the coldest room in the house then, in the morning, added the toppings and popped it in the oven.

It was lovely teamed with a big green salad, a bowl of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping into and glass of wine!

Sourdough Focaccia

Sourdough Focaccia


  • Dough
  • 1½ cups fed & bubbly sourdough starter
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil (I used about double this amount as I felt my dough was a bit dry)
  • 2½ cups freshly ground flour of your choice (plus more)
  • Toppings
  • sliced tomatoes (I omitted this)
  • chopped garlic (I used a mini bulb of Italian Malvi Cervati garlic that comes in a woven basket from Lidl - you just thinly slice the bulb - there are no cloves to fiddle with!)
  • chopped fresh herbs (I just used sprigs of fresh rosemary)
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • grated cheese (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together sourdough starter, water, sea salt and olive oil
  2. Pour flour onto the wet mixture and stir to incorporate
  3. Continue to add flour little by little until you have a nice, easy kneading consistency. If your dough is too dry, add a little more water
  4. Pull the dough out onto your counter top and knead for a few minutes. You're looking for a soft and smooth (not sticky) dough
  5. Cover your dough with a cloth and allow it to rest for at least 20 to 30 minutes
  6. Generously oil a large rolled cookie sheet or use your pizza stone with parchment paper
  7. Roll out the dough into your desired shape (rectangle or circle)
  8. Gently gather up the rolled dough and transfer it into the cookie sheet or pizza stone
  9. If needed, roll it out some more or use your fingers to spread/stretch the dough to fit the cookie sheet or pizza stone
  10. Cover with cling film and let it rise in a warm place for at least 8 hours
  11. Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C/Gas Mark 8
  12. Brush the dough with olive oil and top it with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, sea salt and black pepper.
  13. Drizzle more olive oil on top
  14. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Slice it up and serve it hot. Enjoy!

Cakes & Bakes: Spelt sourdough

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Home-made spelt sourdough loaf made using Breadtopia's recipe | H is for Home

We bought some Yorkshire Organic Millers spelt flour from Bear Co-op, our local health food shop, later going online to research spelt sourdough recipes.

sourdough starter with bag of Yorkshire Organic Millers strong bread flour

We found a great one on the Breadtopia website. What makes it extra useful is that Eric Rusch guides you through with an accompanying video. Being able to see his “stretch & fold”, no-knead method in action is really helpful!

530g whole spelt flour
350g water
10g salt
3tbs honey or sugar or 2 tbs agave
¼cup sourdough starter

Follow the directions in Breadtopia‘s 2-part video below, then bake the loaf at 230°C for 45 minutes or until the bread’s internal temperature is 90-95°C.