Sourdough Caramelized Onion Boule

A delightful combination of the caramelized onion and dill makes this sourdough boule extremely flavourful and delicious!
Recipe adapted from Brot backen-Köstliche Rezepte aus der guten alten Zeit

  • 2 Onions
  • 50 g Olive oil
  • 200 g Whole spelt flour
  • 300 g All purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Wheat bran
  • 6 g Active dried yeast
  • 220 g Warm water
  • 100 g Rye sourdough
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp Sesame seeds

  1. Peel and dice the onions. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Add in diced onions and cook until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whisk together whole spelt flour, all purpose flour, wheat bran and yeast in a mixing bowl. Add in warm water, rye sourdough, the remaining olive oil, salt and fresh dill. Stir at the slow speed until dough comes away from bowl but is still sticky. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes.
  3. Shape dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film, and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Remove from the bowl, add in browned onions and knead again until incorporated. Return it to the bowl and let rise, covered, for 20 minutes. Fill an oven-proof bowl with boiling water and set it on bottom shelf of oven. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F.
  4. To shape a boule, invert a bowl of risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat to flatten it out slightly. Bring the edges up and to the center, forming a round. With both hands cupped over the dough, rotate the dough while further moothing and tightening the ball and seal the folds on the underside.
  5. Cut criss-cross slashes across the upper surface with a sharp blade. Lightly brush the top with water and sprinkle the sesame seeds over. Bake in the center of hot oven for about 45 minutes. Remove and cool the bread on a wire rack.


Jenn 8/11/10 14:18

The bread looks beautiful...I can just imagine how your house smelled while it baked!! YUM!!!

lisaiscooking 8/11/10 14:37

This looks so great with the sesame seeds on top, and it sounds delicious with whole wheat, bran, and caramelized onions! Sounds like a great loaf.

Faith 8/11/10 14:58

You are such a great breadmaker! Your bread always looks like a masterpiece. Love the caramelized onion in this one!

Lea Ann 8/11/10 15:07

This bread looks and sounds wonderful. Gotta give it a try.

Anna's Table 8/11/10 15:45

Your bread looks absolutely perfect.

Cake Duchess 8/11/10 15:50

I love caramelized onions. I love caramel! I am fascinated by this bread. Beautiful:) Happy Monday Angie!


Ahh, fresh bread. I can almost smell it! This sounds completely addictive!

Claudia 8/11/10 16:22

I can just scoop upcopious amounts of caramelized onions. then you add it into the bread and I would hide it from all while I devoured every bite.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 8/11/10 16:25

That is one splendid and droolworthy loaf! I love the addition of caramelized onions.



Susi 8/11/10 17:26

I bet the addition of caramelized onions made this smell heavenly while baking! I could make a meal out of this bread and all I would need is some good German butter! :o)

Heather 8/11/10 17:28

That looks goooo-oood!

Happy Cook 8/11/10 17:46

Wowow looks so so good, i can imagine how delish this bread is.

Treat and Trick 8/11/10 18:01

Perfect and delicious bread, addition of onion makes this bread so aromatic and flavorful...

Sharmilee! :) 8/11/10 18:03

Wow lovely looking bread....onion in bread sounds very flavourful

Chef E 8/11/10 18:34

I love LOVE onion bread, and this is no exception!

Marisa 8/11/10 18:58

I can never get enough sourdough bread. The onions and dill in here take it to another level. Looks and sounds perfect to me!

Belinda @zomppa 8/11/10 19:04

Boy, that is one great looking loaf of bread!!

Ananda Rajashekar 8/11/10 19:07

this is brilliant, i love watching the baking of bread, how wonderful it would have been while it was baking :D

Heavenly Housewife 8/11/10 20:28

I wish i could make a loaf of bread as beautiful as this, what wonderful flavours!
*kisses* HH

aipi 8/11/10 20:43

I am a total bread lover and the sourdough kind is especially is my favorite..i think your addition of onions and dill definetely makes it interesting!

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Soumya 8/11/10 20:51

wow...bread looks awesome...the addition of caramelized onions must have made it more flavorful

Priya 8/11/10 21:33

Thats a fabulous looking bread..

Michael Toa 8/11/10 21:33

the bread looks perfect. love caramelised onions. yum, yum, yum.

Lynda 8/11/10 21:36

Your bread looks amazing and I'm sure it must be delicious. Caramelized onions are a wonderful addition to this bread!

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) 8/11/10 21:38

What a beautiful bread! I would love to have a slice of this with some nice butter or honey. Thank you for sharing this, Angie!

Foodessa 8/11/10 22:42

Caramelized onions are my secret weapon to making the success of most of my dishes...hence, I could only imagine how amazing this artisanal bread must be Angie ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

Anonymous 8/11/10 22:43

Anything carmelized is delicious... esp if you're tlaking BREAD! :)

Juliana 8/11/10 22:46

Angie, what a beautiful loaf of sourdough but haven't baked any yet. I can only imagine the smell in the house when the loaf is in the comforting :-)

Rachana 8/11/10 23:05

What a beautiful bread. I love the clicks :-)

OohLookBel 8/11/10 23:44

Caramelised onion and dill would be fabulous in bread. And it looks so moist, beautiful. My German isn't what it used to be, but the title of the book '... aus der guten alten Zeit' is cute!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron 9/11/10 00:04

rustic bread!! i love the crust and crispy part. your bread looks perfect! I'm jealous! haha. I will have to practice more...:D

kitchen flavours 9/11/10 00:27

I love the caramelized onion. The bread sounds wonderful, would love to have this for my breakfast!

Stella 9/11/10 01:19

Wow, Angie! This is beautiful, and I need to overcome my fear of sourdough and try to make/do that rye sourdough starter of yours. I don't know why I'm so afraid of sourdough....?

busygran 9/11/10 02:29

It's a lovely bread and a tasty one! I wonder if I can get spelt flour in s'pore.

alison 9/11/10 04:44

looks so yummy,i can smell this delicious bread!

Petes 9/11/10 04:46

Wow! I may just have to try this out! I'm sure your house smelled amazing.

Honey Bee Sweets 9/11/10 06:34

Oh gosh! Lovely loaf! Caramelized onions in sourdough bread!! How can you get any better then that?! Hand me some soup and I am all set for a good meal! ;DD

Elin 9/11/10 07:44

with the caramelized onions I can imagine how good this sourdough loaf will taste...mmmm you have inspired me once again:) thanks, Angie for sharing this loaf :)

TasteHongKong 9/11/10 07:57

Wonderful + healthy, isn't it?!

Cherine 9/11/10 09:02

What a marvelous bread! Love the addition of the caramelized onions!

Jacklyn 9/11/10 09:56

sourdough is my favorite type of bread! yours looks like something from the bakery..wonderful job!

Foodiva 9/11/10 12:56

Angie, many thanks for your kind words on my site, and now I'm in total awe of your wonderful blog and recipes! I love German breads and this sourdough one would disappear very quickly in my home! Thanks for sharing it.

Shirley @ Kokken69 9/11/10 13:16

I have been telling everyone, my latest resolution of this year would be to make bread!

Joanne 9/11/10 13:49

This bread is truly a work of art! The texture looks just perfect and I love the idea of infusing sourdough with caramelized onions.

Dishesdone 9/11/10 13:57

Bread look fabulous, I can just imagine how good it is with the caramelized onions! YUM!

Dimah 9/11/10 14:27

What a beautiful loaf of bread! It looks wonderful!

Pegasuslegend 9/11/10 14:50

these are times when I really would love not to be allergic to onions! What a gorgeous loaf!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/11/10 15:31

Any recipe with the words caramelized onions in it has my attention immediately! This looks like such a delicious loaf of bread! You are a wonderful bread baker. I'm saving this recipe - thank you!

Elisabeth 9/11/10 16:16

Hi Angie-I just could not get through yesterday, to comment on your gorgeous bread. I love sourdough bread, but with the caramelized onion, I can only image how amazing it is. I could eat the whole loaf with just some nice Irish butter, and make a meal out of it.

BTW-I made the Braised Red Cabbage...your recipe, and linked it to your site. Thanks again. I have a "shout out to you"...I tried to let you know on your blog yesterday, but couldn't...also could not e-mail you!

Anncoo 9/11/10 16:31

I love caramelized onion and sounds so perfect to mix in the bread :)

tigerfish 9/11/10 19:35

I like the caramelized onions aspect of this sourdough!

Sarah Naveen 9/11/10 20:30

Drool..drool...looks so perfect and yumy!!

Peggy 9/11/10 21:49

This bread looks amazing! I bet it filled your house with beautiful smells!

Monet 9/11/10 21:59

I adore caramelized onions, and I just loved seeing the beautiful sesame seeds on top! This looks like a lovely loaf of bread. Thank you for sharing!

Susan 9/11/10 22:06

I have just begun learning to bake sour dough breads ... this loaf is beautiful and will be bookmarked so that I can try it out! Thanks!

Devaki 9/11/10 23:36

Absolutely and completely droolworthy! Thanks for yet another feast for the eyes & the belly, Angie :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Justin 9/11/10 23:38

caramelized anything makes me so happy, but especially in bread

MaryBeth 10/11/10 02:26

WOW..this bread looks amazing Angie, we oh so love a great soft bread with butter. I would love to give this one a try for sure, thanks for sharing.

Jeannie 10/11/10 02:33

Love the look of this loaf! Should be really delicious with the caramalized onions.

UrMomCooks 10/11/10 02:55

This bread looks delicious! The seame seeds on top just invite me in! (Wish I baked more bread after reading this! I need to start!)

scrambledhenfruit 10/11/10 02:58

Carmelized onions? This has to be fabulous!

Reeni 10/11/10 03:15

That is one gorgeous boule Angie! I bet it tastes divine with the dill and onions!

Mother Rimmy 10/11/10 04:02

I am bread crazy! The crust is my favorite part, and the crust on this bread looks browned to perfection!

Island Vittles 10/11/10 04:17

You had me at the post title...I can smell it from here! It looks delicious...Theresa

Emily Z 10/11/10 04:21

Mmmm, this sounds delicious! I LOVE sourdough!

sweetlife 10/11/10 07:07

droolworthy loaf, I love the combo sourdough and onions...yummy
great pics

Cheah 10/11/10 08:33

This bread looks so tempting. Bet the crust is just yummy!

Abhilash Pillai 10/11/10 08:54

perfect bread chef!

I have experience only cooking and never baking but this looks marvelous.

My Little Space 10/11/10 12:18

The bread looks so beautiful! You know how much I love bread, right! ^_^

Sanjeeta kk 10/11/10 13:27

Love the loaf out there. Onion in it will surely make it spicy and more flavorful. Lovely presentation, Angie.

girlichef 10/11/10 14:15

What a gorgeous bread, Angie! I would love to rip off a big hunk and chew happily away.... :D

pigpigscorner 10/11/10 17:20

Wow, the bread must smell amazing!

mr. pineapple man 10/11/10 18:45

just went through all your past posts... im starving now!

Anonymous 10/11/10 19:36

It's a gorgeous looking bread loaf!

Barbara 10/11/10 19:51

What a gorgeous bread. I love a piece of that just toasted in the morning.

BakingWithoutaBox 10/11/10 20:22

Love that texture! Imagine it must've smelled heavenly.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 11/11/10 01:34

Angie, I'm sure you know I'm a huge fan of your breads. Your combinations are always just perfect. When it comes to a loaf, you can do no wrong in my book :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 13/11/10 01:10

What a beauty! Love all the little sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

Chef Bee 13/11/10 03:58

This sounds and looks delicious. I bet this was a huge hit. My kids would eat the whole loaf in a minute flat.

Plan B

A Canadian Foodie 13/11/10 23:00

I love my boules! :) I had the best caramelized onion anything at Olives in Boston.

Chocolate Freckles 14/11/10 15:47

This recipe is beautiful, nothing feels better than looking that your home baked bread is perfect!

Magic of Spice 15/11/10 04:05

What a stunning this recipe and the uniqueness of flavors.

Hettar7 15/11/10 04:51

This looks all sorts of good. Definitely a project to aspire to. Your bread baking skills never fail to impress.

OysterCulture 22/11/10 00:42

I've never been much of a baker, but every time I check out one of your incredible posts I get inspired.


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