Strawberry Almond and Camembert Sourdough Loaf - The Gingered Whisk

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Strawberry Almond and Camembert Sourdough Loaf

While my mom was here last week she told me that she wanted to make a sourdough loaf. "A Fun One!" she said. Given my mom and I have shared a love of strawberries since I was old enough to eat them, it was only natural that strawberries be the main component. We also decided to throw in some chopped almonds and some chunks of camembert cheese, just for fun. This also happily coincided with a fun new bread challenge in town called Twelve Loaves (because the 5 other groups I bake along with each month aren't enough). This month was all about using fresh summer fruits in your bread!  I promise, however, that this will be the only sourdough bread that I make for Twelve Loaves. :) I had to promise Joel that I would broaden my horizons to other kinds of bread, too. 
Visit Lora, The Cake Duchess, Barb, Creative Culinary, Jamie,Life’s a Feast or Lisa, Parsley, Sage and Sweet, for more information on how you can join in the baking fun.

I didn't really find a recipe that I wanted to use, so I just kind of made it up. I kind of feel like I have been playing with sourdough enough to do that, and the results turned out great! I wanted a huge strawberry flavor, so used both strawberry puree and chunked strawberries in the mix. We really love how this bread turned out! It had a nice crusty crust, a chewy texture, and awesome flavor! I was worried the cambert would melt into the bread, but they ended up perfect! Slices of these were awesome toasted, slathered with fresh butter and sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar! I bet they would have been awesome as french toast, too, but we ate it all before I could find out! 

I am also submitting this yummy bread to Yeastspotting, a weekly showcase of all things yeasted and delicious! 

Strawberry, Almond and Cambert Sourdough, The Gingered Whisk

3 ounces starter
5.25 ounces water
8 ounces flour

Leave overnight, covered.

all of the levain
9.25 ounces flour
3.25 ounces water
4.75 ounces strawberry puree
3.25 diced strawberries
1.75 ounces chopped almonds
3 ounces camembert cheese, chopped roughly
0.125 ounces salt

Mix together the levain, flour, water, salt and strawberry puree and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
On a lightly floured counter, stretch out the dough into a long rectangle-ish shape.
Sprinkle the diced strawberries, nuts and cheese evenly across the dough, and fold/roll the dough over top (which ever method you want to do this is fine, you just need to get it in there).
Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rest for 1 hour.
Stretch and fold the dough, place back in the bowl and allow to rest for 1 hour.
Make another stretch and fold, place back in the bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning, pull the dough out of the fridge and place in a well floured couche.
Allow the dough to proof and come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 500 F and prepare for your steam.
While the oven is preheating, dump the dough out onto a floured parchment paper and score.
Place the bread in the oven and turn the oven down to 450. 
Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the lid if you are using one.
Bake another 10-20 minutes, until nicely golden brown. 
Cool for at least 1 hour before slicing. 


  1.!! The minute I saw this on Pinterest..I was like..Pin first or leave a comment? lol I LOVE IT! It's gorgeous! The best part is it's fruit, nuts AND cheese in a beautifully crusted/crumbed sourdough loaf! I want to make a thinly sliced turkey sandwich with it now! I'm so glad you baked with us..finding the time in between so many challenges. I'm low motivation the past few months, but I will be joining in with you girls a lot more when I get over it. xo

  2. BEAUTIFUL bread and really love the flavor combination. I am a sucker for any thing with cheese. I hope to join you baking something sourdough. I think it's a lovely idea!! Thank you so much for baking with Twelve Loaves, Jenni! xx

  3. This sounds absolutely divine...the cheese definitely puts it over the top. I think it only fair if you are joining us in #TwelveLoaves that you have to send us each a loaf. OK? Pretty please?

  4. Camembert and strawberries: what a great idea. I like both of them, in particular camembert.

  5. Wow, Beautiful loaf of bread! Strawberries, nuts and cheese, sounds so delicious! I think that I would eat it just as it is!

  6. Wow - what a delicious combination of flavors you chose for this. It looks amazing and I bet it tasted even better!!

  7. Looks amazing. Love the combination of flavors!

  8. What an incredible flavor combination!

  9. Super creative bread! The combination is perfect with the fruit and camembert. Love it!

  10. hello! stopping by from the twelve loaves challenge - what a wonderfully unique idea! :)

  11. Oh my GOSH. Another amazing loaf! This is inspiring me to use my sourdough starter more often... Wow.


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