Roasted Garlic Sourdough Buns

  • Yield : 8 buns

I did a little experimenting and I love when things come together so well. These turned out so good!

They do take a while. The levain and the dough both require some fridge time, but you don’t have to actually DO anything during that time, so not exactly labor intensive.

You’ll need to roast a head of garlic and decide on decorative edibles for the garnish.

I used rose petals, celery leaves, thyme and chili flakes.

There are plenty of edible flowers: roses, nasturtiums, any herbs and spices you may have growing. Just don’t use any from a florist or any that have been sprayed with anything!! Roadside flowers are also a no-no because of the exhaust from vehicles.
There’s a decent list of edible flowers here.

We’ve mostly had a mild winter so far (other than a 4 day long -20 cold snap!) and I had a rose still blooming a couple weeks ago. So I picked it, planning to use it for bread – or possibly tea.

I didn’t have time to get to it immediately, so I put it in a lidded food container in the fridge a few days. It stayed absolutely perfect and there was no damage to any petals, the color was still perfect.

Roses and rose hips are good for you and are high in vitamin C, amongst other things. They are related to apples! All roses are edible as long as they are grown without chemicals, and haven’t been sprayed with anything.
The most fragrant ones will have the best flavor. Pink and yellow usually have nice flavor.

I used chili flakes and thyme on a few (top and bottom) for the less adventurous eaters!

I posted a pictorial here.


  • 1 tbsp. firm sourdough starter, refreshed 8 hours
  • 5 tbsps. water
  • 6 tbsps. all purpose flour
  • 5.5 tbsps. whole wheat flour
  • DOUGH:
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • all of levain
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • edible flower petals, celery leaves, spices, etc.


Step 1

Refresh your firm sourdough starter for 8 hours.

Step 2

Mix starter and water. Mix in both flours.

Step 3

Cover and leave overnight in fridge.

Step 4

For the Dough: Stir water through levain.

Step 5

Add flour and rough mix. Let autolyse 30 minutes. Mix.

Step 6

Add salt and mix a few minutes. Dough will be soft and sticky.

Step 7

Place dough in an oiled bowl, turn once to coat, cover with plastic wrap and leave in oven with light on for 2 hours. Fold dough once every 30 minutes.

Step 8

Place in fridge (leave plastic on) overnight.

Step 9

Remove from fridge and leave on counter until doubled in size.

Step 10

Turn onto floured counter. I used dark rye flour just for looks. (I divided the dough in half to be more manageable, but it's not strictly necessary). Shape roughly into balls.

Step 11

Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 20 minutes.

Step 12

Get garlic and garnishes ready to use. Lightly oil and flour 8 baking tins (I used meat pie tins). If you want any spices or petals on bottom of buns, arrange them in tins.

Step 13

Divide dough into 8 pieces. Doing one at a time, gently flatten a piece, spread some garlic paste on it, and shape bun so garlic is inside. (I used the entire head of garlic over the 8 buns). Place in tin.

Step 14

Spray top with water. Arrange washed flower petals, etc. in decorative pattern. Repeat with all 8 pieces.

Step 15

Use a fine mesh sieve or sifter to gently sprinkle flour over delicate petals (to prevent color loss/burning).

Step 16

Let rise in oven with light on for 4 hours.

Step 17

Place tray full of water on bottom rack. Remove buns and heat oven to 500F. Have your spray bottle ready to add steam to oven quickly on placing buns in.

Step 18

Place buns in oven, turn heat to 425F.Bake 15 minutes. Remove water tray.Continue baking 5 - 10 minutes or until buns are nicely browned.

Step 19

Turn heat off and leave buns in oven another 5 minutes with door ajar.

Step 20

Cool on wire racks. Remove from tins. Use a dry brush to gently remove flour from tops of buns.

Comments (8)

  1. posted by johnthuku0 on February 5, 2015

    Looks very delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing the steps and recipes.

    • posted by admin on February 6, 2015

      If you decide to make them, let me know how it went.:)

  2. posted by Leah on February 5, 2015

    These are so beautiful! I also love roasted garlic so it’s really right up my alley!

    • posted by admin on February 5, 2015

      Thank you:) Let me know how they work for you!

  3. posted by Mai Tran on February 6, 2015

    Looks like a great one for breakfast maybe?

    • posted by admin on February 6, 2015

      This dough makes a denser bread than the average white bread, so one bun is filling. I know from experience that they are good for breakfast:)

  4. posted by barbara langley on February 7, 2015

    I love sour dough so when I see this I had to take a look.yum


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