Sourdough Garlic Bread Bites are a fun way to enjoy garlic bread with a sourdough twist. Similar to sourdough garlic knots, but so much easier to make!
They can be made very simply with minimal ingredients, yet pack a big flavor punch!
If you want to use sourdough discard you can add some yeast to help them rise. Let’s get baking!
My kids love garlic bread – they would seriously eat it at every meal if I let them. These sourdough garlic bread bites came about when I was doing some back to school baking (did someone say pizza scrolls?). I had some extra dough left over and started experimenting.
It took a few gos to get these perfect … but my oh my are they delicious!
A super fun way to enjoy garlic bread (in a similar way to garlic knots) – whether it’s as a side to your fave Italian food, with dip while you watch the big game or even for school lunches. You can make them big or small – depending on what you’re going to eat them with.
I love to make giant ones for a simple lunch or for eating with pasta or parmigiana. I make mini ones for dipping in marinara or ranch sauce (OMG someone take the plate away from me lol). They also make a great host gift if you’re heading to a friend’s place for dinner. The smell is incredible!
Using Discard for Sourdough Garlic Bread Bites
If you are still waiting on your sourdough starter to mature – or you just haven’t fed your starter – then you can use your discard to make these.
You will just need to make some adjustments to the process to accomodate using dried yeast.
They taste great either way. I must admit I do prefer the true sourdough version – I love the depth of sourdough flavor that comes from a slow rise.
But there’s certainly no shame in using a bit of yeast if you need to. Discard yeasted version is great if you have to get them done in a hurry for an unexpected dinner party or that afternoon snacking platter!
Here are the adjustments you need to make when using dried yeast:
- replace the sourdough starter with sourdough discard and add 7g of yeast (I prefer instant yeast).
- the rising of the dough will be much faster with dried yeast so you will only need to wait around an hour for the dough to be ready to shape.
- Once they are shaped, they won’t take long to puff up and be ready for the oven, so don’t leave them too long.
- If you want to shape them and then bake them later, you can store them in the fridge for up to 24 hours from when they’re shaped. When you want to bake them, let them return to room temp and then pop them in the oven.
If you’re looking for other sourdough discard recipes, you’ll find loads of inspiration here.
A Few Other Things To Note:
- You can use bread flour for these, but I find that All Purpose flour gives them a softer texture that my kids prefer.
- I use powdered garlic for a few reasons – it doesn’t have the “garlic burn” and my kids prefer the flavor, I always have it on hand (I bulk buy it) and it is just easy to sprinkle on in this instance. You can of course use fresh garlic but I would advise roasting it in some olive oil first. You could also use garlic granules if you don’t have powder.
- You can add chopped/dried parsley to the tops before you bake for the “garlic bread look”. I use it if I have some on hand … but sometimes my kids won’t eat the green stuff so it’s easier to leave it off.
- Try using this Jalapeño Honey Butter instead of plain butter when making these garlic treats for a spicy twist!
- If you want to delay baking these, you can put them in the fridge once they’ve completed the second rise. You can hold them in the fridge for around 24 hours before baking.
Freezing Sourdough Garlic Bread Bites
You can freeze these in two different ways:
Bake them, let them cool and then freeze (I like to snap freeze on a tray first and then place into a zip loc bag). These are great for popping into lunch boxes or just grabbing for a snack.
Alternatively you can freeze the sourdough garlic bread bites after the second rise. When you want to bake them, thaw and let them come to room temp before baking.
If I know I am going to be freezing them, I place them into a disposable foil tray lined with parchment paper. That way they can rise and then I can freeze them. They can be defrosted and baked in the tray. This is also perfect if you’re gifting them.
You’ll find lots more tips for freezing sourdough bread here.
Sourdough Garlic Bread Bites
- Mixing Bowl
- Digital Scale
- Muffin Tin
For The Dough
- 100 g Sourdough Starter fed and bubbly
- 500 g All Purpose Flour You can sub bread flour
- 250 g Water
- 20 g Sugar
- 20 g Olive Oil
- 10 g Salt
For The Filling
- 100 g Butter Room Temp
- 50 g Mozzarella Grated
- 50 g Parmesan Grated
- 10 g Garlic Powder
For The Topping
- 20 g Butter Melted
- 20 g Parmesan Grated
- 5 g Garlic Powder
- 10 g Salt
- Autolyse:Add your sourdough starter, flour and water into your stand mixer or Thermomix. Mix the ingredients for around 30 seconds until they are just combined into a shaggy dough. Leave to autolyse for around 30 minutes.If you are in a hurry you can skip the autolyse and go straight to step 2.
- Now add the rest of your dough ingredients – salt, olive oil and sugar. Mix the ingredients for around 1 minute or until they are combined together. Now leave to rest for around 30 minutes.
- Kneading the Dough:Using your stand mixer or Thermomix, knead the dough for around 3 minutes. If you are using a stand mixer, you'll need to use your dough hook. The dough should become very elastic. If the dough is getting a little warm from being mixed in the mixer, give it a 10 minute rest. If it seems ok, knead for the full 3 minutes. Now give your dough a 30 minute rest.
- Knead your dough in the mixer for another 2-3 minutes. You'll know it's ready when it is slapping the sides of the bowl of your Thermomix or Stand Mixer. The dough will be very elastic and quite silky and smooth. It shouldn't be sticking to the sides of the bowl at all. If it's not quite there, it's ok to knead for a few more minutes to develop the gluten and get it to where it needs to be.
- Bulk Ferment:Once your dough is kneaded sufficiently, you need to bulk ferment it. If you're using a stand mixer, it's fine to leave it in the mixing bowl. If you're using a Thermomix you'll need to tip your dough into a glass or ceramic bowl to finish its bulk ferment.At this point, you can just leave the dough as it is, covering it with some plastic wrap to stop it drying out. If you prefer your dough to be a bit neater, you can wet your hands and fold it into a neat ball.As with any sourdough bread, the bulk ferment time will depend on the temperature in your kitchen and of course the strength of your starter. You're looking for your dough to be just UNDER double (this is because you want the dough to rise again when you've shaped it into your "bites".
- Assembling the Garlic Bread Bites:Once your dough has finished its bulk ferment you will be able to assemble your Garlic Bread Bites. Ease the dough out of the bowl using a silicone dough scraper, remembering to have the smooth side on the counter and the sticky side facing up. You shouldn't need any flour for this as your dough shouldn't stick (it's such a beautiful silky, enriched dough).Gently ease the dough out into a rough rectangle, with the longest side in front of you. If you feel like the rectangle is too big to handle, or you want to make smaller bites, divide the dough into two rectangles. This will make them easier to roll once you've added the toppings. It just depends if you want bigger bites or mini bites.Pop any large bubbles and gently flatten the dough using your fingertips. It definitely doesn't need to be perfect, it will all even out when you roll up the dough so don't stress about a perfect rectangle.Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Make the Filling:While your dough is resting, add your butter, mozzarella, parmesan and garlic powder to a bowl and mix together to form a paste. Spread this paste over the rectangle(s) of dough, leaving about an inch (2.5cm) strip at the top of the rectangle. You'll need this section of the dough to be bare so you can join your rolls together.
- Rolling the Dough:Once you've spread the topping, roll the dough up tightly into a spiral or scroll. When you get to the bare edge, use wet hands to moisten the dough and seal it up. Place the log seam side down on the counter.Slice your log into smaller pieces (you want them around an inch (2.5cm) thick. But of course you can make them thicker or thinner if you like.
- Place your scrolls into a non-stick muffin pan. You can use a regular muffin pan for your bites – or you can use giant ones – it just depends on how big you want them to be. Once you've placed your scrolls in the holes, flatten them down a little so they squish out and fill up the holes. This also gives them more surface area for you to top before you bake them!
- Second Rise:Once your scrolls are squished in your tin, you will need to let them rise again. The time it takes for the second rise will depend on the strength of your starter and the temperature of your home. You want them to be soft and puffy, but still with some shape. It should only take a few hours – unless your house is very cold!
- Adding the Topping:Once your bites have risen for the second time, brush them with melted butter, sprinkle with more garlic powder, parmesan cheese and a little salt. You can also add fresh chopped parsley if you want a more authentic garlic bread look.
- Baking Your Bites:Bake them in a 180C (350F) oven for around 15 minutes (decrease this time if they are small, or at least watch them closely).