How do I love this bread? Let me count the ways. A) my bread machine does most of the work, B) it has a crusty yet chewy crust, C) it has an awesome herby-garlicy topper and D) the bread itself is light and airy. That's a little slice of heaven in my book!
I'm not the only one who loves this bread. Brad and my mini humans love it too but they're biased because they're total carb addicts (takes one to marry one/make one, right?).
Since our little family liked this loaf so much I figured I'd make it for our final Christmas extravaganza with Brad's family this past weekend. I wanted to get some more feedback before I posted it here on the blog (and, if I'm being honest, because I wanted to eat it again). Well, it went over so well that I got some great yummy noises from my SIL (sister-in-law), BIL and MIL!! Needless to say, I have married into a carb lovin' family!
Garlic and Herb Topped Rosemary Bread
1 cup water
3 tbsp grapeseed or olive oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp white sugar
1/4 tsp dried basil1/4 tsp dried oregano
2 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tbsp yeast
Topping: additional grapeseed oil, additional fresh rosemary (finely chopped), salt, pepper and garlic powder (all to taste)
Place the ingredients in the order stated by the manufacturer of your bread maker (mine states to put the liquid on the bottom and the yeast on the top so that the moisture doesn't activate the yeast until the dough is ready).
Set the bread maker to its 'Dough' setting (mine takes 2 hours).
Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking stone or baking sheet. Lightly flour or grease the parchment paper. Remove dough from machine and place onto the parchment paper.
Shape dough by hand so that it's approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick and the surface is as smooth as you can get it (a smooth surface will make a prettier loaf). I shaped mine into more of a rectangle. Note: This is not going to be a tall loaf.
Cover dough with a tea towel and let it rise in a warm spot (mine was just sitting on my stove in the sun) for approximately 1/2-3/4 of an hour. Have a cuppa tea and play some 'Words with Friends'.
Brush oil lightly onto the top of the dough. Sprinkle with additional finely chopped rosemary (you don't want pine needles sticking out of the top, right?), garlic powder, salt and pepper (all toppings are to taste). The addition of these 'toppings' gives this loaf that little extra oomph which will have people willing to do anything for just one more slice. It's that good. This is what it should look like ....
Place loaf into the COLD oven. Turn oven temperature setting to 375F and set timer for 45 minutes. As the oven heats up it will give the loaf that extra time to rise. Trust me, this technique works!
Remove loaf to a cooling rack (it should sound hollow when tapped). Serve warm or cooled and attempt not to eat the entire loaf in one sitting (I'm still working on that one).
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