Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic Bread |

One of the things I most remember about my younger growing up years was the scent of my mom’s bread baking.  My brother and I attended an elementary school less than a block from our house, so there were many days we’d go home for lunch.  I remember rounding the corner and being engulfed in that warm freshly baked bread aroma before even getting the back door open!  To this day that aroma takes me right back to third grade!  

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic and Roasemary Bread |


Unfortunately I didn’t inherit my mom’s proclivity for making bread.  In fact – I pretty much suck at it.  I’ve tried over and over, but the perfect loaf of bread from my oven was ever elusive…that is until I discovered this method of making bread!  There are versions of this recipe all over the internet, but for this particular recipe I’ve switched out regular all purpose flour for all purpose Einkorn flour.  I’ve also added roasted garlic and rosemary.  I sure wish you could have smelled it baking this morning…oh my…certainly not the childhood bread baking aroma I remember, but pretty enticing nonetheless!

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread |

The real beauty of this bread lies in it’s simplicity.  A little flour, yeast, salt, and water makes the basic loaf.  I’ve added roasted garlic and rosemary to this particular loaf, but I’ve made many different versions.  My husband loves it when I add cheddar and jalapeños.  I quite like the cinnamon raisin version I made because it made fabulous toast…had to quit making it for that very reason! 😉  

Tip: To roast garlic, cut off the top about 1/4 of a bulb of garlic.  Drizzle with olive oil and wrap it tightly in 2 layers of aluminum foil.  Place garlic in a 375 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until the garlic yields to gentle pressure when squeezed with an oven mitt.  Remove from the oven, and when cool enough to handle, remove garlic cloves from the bulb by squeezing gently from the root end.  I typically roast 3 or 4 bulbs at a time and store extra in the refrigerator so I always have it on hand for recipes.

So by now you might be wondering  how this bread can be part of my CEBH Lifestyle.  It’s simple really – I’ve substituted regular all purpose flour for 100% Organic Einkorn Flour as one major change.  Plus – I’ve made it a point to completely eliminate very little from my diet.  Having said that, however, I do limit myself to certain things only if they are homemade!  And for the most part, regular bread falls into that category.  I do eat sprouted grain bread, but that’s about it.  So when I’m craving something special, the only way I allow myself to eat it is if I make it myself.  I control the ingredients so I’m always certain of exactly what I’m getting.  This philosophy has served me well and by choosing to eat this way, I know when I’m willing to put in the extra effort to make a treat – whether it’s bread, ice cream, or brownies – that it’s something I really want.  Otherwise it’s not worth the effort!

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Bread |


So back to the simplicity of this recipe…the ingredients are combined in a large bowl, and stirred by hand until well mixed.  It will be a kind of shaggy looking dough so don’t panic!  That’s basically all there is to it!  Amazing, right?!  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and ignore it for 12 to 18 hours.  When you’re ready to bake the bread, place a covered cast iron Dutch oven or other large heavy duty pot in the oven to warm as you preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven and your pot are hot, turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a round ball.  If it’s quite sticky, as mine usually is, I knead in just a little flour so it’s easier to handle.  Then plop the ball of dough into the preheated pan, replace the lid, and pop it back into the oven.  Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.  Remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, carefully transfer bread to a rack to cool.  Then just try – I dare ya – to be patient while it cools enough to slice!

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See….shaggy looking dough!

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread |

Here’s what it looks like after sitting on the counter overnight!

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic Rosemary Bread |

Formed into a ball, and plopped into a screaming hot Dutch oven!

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Bread |

All done baking…cooling…waiting…drooling…

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Bread |

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Bread |

Finally…cool enough to slice and enjoy!  This particular loaf is for dinner with homemade Chicken and Herbed Noodle Soup…but those are a couple upcoming posts.  For now, go ahead and make this to enjoy with your favorite soup, or for your Thanksgiving table!  

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Bread |

I’ll leave you with a quote that pretty much sums up how I feel about homemade bread…”The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K. Fischer.  Just give this recipe a try – the world needs a little more innocence and delight! 😀

Rustic Overnight Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Bread
Serves 12
A foolproof bread recipe that takes almost no effort, but rewards you with a fabulous loaf of fresh baked bread every single time!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
115 calories
24 g
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3 g
0 g
62 g
199 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 199mg
Total Carbohydrates 24g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp kosher salt
  3. 1 tsp active dry yeast
  4. 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  5. 1 tsp dried rosemary
  6. 1 bulb roasted garlic
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir by hand to combine.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours. I typically mix it up in the evening to bake the next morning, or first thing in the morning to bake in the evening.
To bake
  1. Place covered cast iron Dutch oven or other heavy duty covered pan in oven, and preheat to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Once the oven and pan are preheated, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. Knead in a little flour if the dough is too sticky - I nearly always need to do this.
  4. Form dough into a ball and plop on the bottom of the hot pan. Replace lid and return to oven.
  5. Bake, covered, 30 minutes. Then remove lid and bake another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and carefully transfer loaf to rack to cool.
  7. Slice when completely cooled.
  1. Instructions for roasting garlic in the post. Alternatively you could purchase roasted garlic, or use regular garlic instead. However, if substituting regular garlic, reduce amount to 2 or 3 cloves so as not to overpower the bread!
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12 Comment

  1. Your bread looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Will have to try!

    1. Thanks! It sure doesn’t get any easier!

  2. I love the rosemary and the crisp crust of this bread. I need to give it a try!

    1. Thank you, Kathryn! I hope you get a chance to try it – it’s so simple to make – and perfect every time!

  3. Love the crust on this bread! Such a simple and flavorful recipe and overnight promise is tempting me to try it soon!! pinned for later. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you! This is a recipe I go back to time and again because it just never disappoints! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. This bread looks amazing Lisa – bread is something I am a bit hit and miss with too! I love how this reminds you of your childhood, smells are so good for evoking childhood memories.

    1. Thank you, Angela! This recipe is perfect for me because it never fails…even though I suck at bread baking! And yes…so many memories we have are food related, aren’t they? That’s one reason why I’m passionate about cooking, and feeding those I love!

  5. I love the look of this crusty loaf — and the roasted garlic, Oh-ma-Gawd!!!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! If you like a more rustic loaf of bread, this is perfect! I love serving it with a piping hot bowl of soup! And it makes awesome panini sandwiches too! 😉

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