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"of all smells, bread"

5.26.2010
























made some focaccia herb bread yesterday afternoon while it rained so wonderfully.

will be posting the recipe later today...in a rush to finish some knitting before class!

and now for the recipe (from this book):

1 package active dry yeast

1 1/4 cups warm water

3 Tbsp olive oil

3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, plus extra whole leaves for garnish (i added some thyme as well)

3 cups all purpose flour, or 1 1/2 cups each all-purpose and whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

olive oil for brushing

coarse salt for garnish

combine the yeast and warm water in a large bowl. stir in the olive oil, chopped rosemary, and flour, and knead to form a soft dough. if the dough is sticky, work ina little flour, 1 Tbsp at a time. turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 to 6 minutes, until smooth. pour a little olive oil in the original bowl, add the kneaded dough, and turn a few times to coat the dough with oil. cover with a clean dish towel and let rise 1 hour, or until a hole poked into the side of the risen dough fills up slowly.

punch down the dough, return it to the floured surface, and knead a few times. then, using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a large circle about 1 1/2 inches thick. transfer the dough to a lightly greased cookie sheet. poke several holes into the dough with a fork, sprinkle with coarse salt and rosemary leaves, and brush with a little oil. cover again with dish towel and let rise for 20 minutes.

while the dough is rising for the second time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the bread is lightly browned and firm. remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

enjoy!!

oh yes...the olive spread. i got it from the farmers market. here's the ingredients: green and black olives, garlic, fire roasted red pepper, parsley, olive oil, canola oil, lemon juice, capers and spices.

mmmmmmm.


16 comments:

Tonia said...

It looks amazing - what was that spread you were using?
Learnt to make moroccan flatbread at the weekend: best thing I've ever tasted, pity I've given up wheat for the summer!

:) Miranda said...

Cannot wait for the recipe this looks so delicious, i think that I am going to have to try it.. no matter how bad I am at cooking ;)

Hope you enjoy your knitting before class, oh and I hope you enjoy your class as well.

Cassandra said...

Oh, and the spread...will you share that as well? Looks delicious....

Dancing Branflake said...

Fresh baked bread is one of the top smells in my book. Nothing beats that.

stephanie said...

That looks delicious! Love the photos. I can't wait to see the recipe!

Meghan said...

Yes, the recipe for the lovely tapanade I spy.

redmenace said...

Your blog is so gorgeous. Takes my breath away! The bread is calling out to me. Must have it!

Lemon said...

thank-you for your sweet comment! i adore your blog remarkably (i copied your picture tabs on the sidebar, stole your "music" one is that okay, dear? if not i will take it right down!) p.s. my friend and i bought a loaf of fresh asiago bread this afternoon, sat down in the sun and at it all between us!

Caroline said...

Tasty!! And I love the photos. xo

ilwen said...

Fresh bread is one of the loveliest smells ever. I've been baking my own bread and rolls for many years now, I find kneading very relaxing and it tastes so much better than anything I could buy :)
Have you ever made baguette yourself? I highly recommend it. It's my favourite besides raison rolls and chapatis (Indian flat bread).

Kellie Collis said...

Looks amazing! xx

Robin said...

This looks absolutely beautiful and delicious. Can't wait to see the recipe!

Kara said...

wow - this looks absolutly amazing! i love homemade bread... mmm!

Gilding Lilies said...

ahh, the romance of rain and baking, I love it. The photos are so beautiful, I can practically smell the herbal fragrance.

kelly ann said...

mmmmm... BREAD. :) i love anything with rosemary, basically!

Dee said...

I am scared of making bread, but I really want to try this! Your pictures!!! can't get over the beauty!