Pancetta-Parsley Sourdough Boule - Recipe


Pancetta and parsley are a great, classic flavor pairing, and when combined with our standard sourdough boule recipe, yields a special, delicious bread. Use this bread to accompany soup, make a grilled cheese or just eat as is.


275 g
Water (Warm)
500 g
Poolish Starter (See links below for more info)
500 g
Bread Flour
20 g
Parsley (Roughly Chopped)
300 g
Pancetta (Thinly Sliced and Minced)


  1. In an appropriate sized container, mix water and sourdough starter together, dispersing the poolish starter into the water.
  2. Add flour and stir together just long enough so that a loose, shaggy dough is formed.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to autolyse for 20-30 minutes.
  4. After autolyse period, add parsley and pancetta and knead for 5-10 minutes using the slap and fold method, until the dough can almost pass the windowpane test. Note: No additional salt is added to this dough since it provided by the pancetta.
  5. Perform a standard stretch and fold, and allow to bulk ferment for 2-4 hours at room temperature, or until the dough has nearly doubled in volume. You can also retard fermentation at this point by placing dough in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  6. After bulk fermentation is complete, gently remove dough from container, being careful to not completely de-gas.
  7. Perform a standard stretch and fold, ending seam side down, and then use a few cupping tension pulls to form dough into a tight boule.
  8. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to to bench rest for about ten minutes.
  9. After bench resting is complete, perform another series of tension pulls to ensure a well formed loaf and gluten structure, and then rest seam side up in a canvas lined banneton that has been dusted with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof for 1.5-3 hours at room temperature, or until the loaf has grown to about 1.5-2 times its original volume.
  10. While the bread is proofing, pre-heat a large cast iron dutch oven with lid on the middle shelf of a 500°F/260°C oven for at least 45 minutes prior to baking.
  11. Remove proofed dough from banneton using a gentle fliping motion and place seem side down into pre-heated dutch oven, being careful not burn yourself (the dutch oven will be very hot).
  12. Cover with pre-heated lid and bake covered at 500°F/260°C for 20 minutes.
  13. After 20 minutes, remove lid, reduce heat to 425-450°F/218-232°C for another 30 minutes, or until the bread is a dark golden brown and sounds hollow when you thump the bottom with your thumb. If unsure, you can measure the internal temperature of the loaf using a probe thermometer. You're looking for an interanal temp of about 200-205°F/94-96°C.
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There are 3 Comments

Oharac's picture

Hi this site is amazing... Hope some one can tell me what could be the brown liquid that is left the next day after I have feed my sour Dough starter. I have experimented with a couple of starter one of which I have added boiled potato water minus the salt and in the other i have added a teaspoon of malasis both have brown liquid in it. Now I have just followed your sour dough starter on the recipe videos so will see if I have any luck
Look forward to any answers you may be able to give me thanks

jacob burton's picture

It's called "hooch" and it's the alcohol that is produced by the fermentation process. Depending on what the starter is fed, this hooch can be clear to brown. Good luck.

Carolyn's picture

Hi greetings from London,

I have been trying for some time to achieve a good sourdough loaf. I saw your video and threw away my starter. Grew a new one, as per your instructions and made my first loaf today. It turned out the best ever! I did not have a suitable casserole (Dutch oven) so I made a long loaf and cooked it in a baking dish and used the lid of my turbot steamer as a lid for the baking dish. Obviously, I had been going about it in the wrong way! The two main reasons for success for the home baker, is making the start with the right proportions of flour and water, and the steam when cooking the loaf. The taste is great with just the right amount of acidity.

Thank you so much for the video. I am an excellent cook but sourdough always alluded me!