Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
4 loaves (serving size: 8 servings per loaf)

This potent bread from Jim Kelley, of Washington, D.C., won first place at the 1994 Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir. Add water, yogurt, and honey; stir. Let stand 30 minutes. Add beans and next 12 ingredients (beans through vinegar); stir. Stir in 4 1/2 cups bread flour to form a soft dough.

Step 2

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking to hands. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Step 3

Punch dough down. Divide dough into 4 equal portions, and shape each portion into a 6-inch round loaf. Place loaves 4 inches apart on large baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Make 4 (1/8-inch-deep) diagonal cuts across tops of loaves. Dust loaves with flour. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped; let cool on wire racks.

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