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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Herbed Bread

Herbed Bread

I'm sorry it took so long for me to share this bread with you. It's really good and I don't know why I have been hiding it. It's also spectacularly simple to make in the stand mixer, but I think it would be pretty simple done by hand. It just requires a bit more arm work. I used thyme as my herb of choice and let me tell you, this bread makes an excellent grilled cheese sandwich. I didn't get the bloom I had hoped for, but even with the all-purpose flour, this was a nice, light loaf. Light in terms of weight...with a stick of butter in the mix and topped with olive oil, this is not a recipe I will be making every week, but it is definitely a nice, fast replacement for my regular no knead recipe.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I am off to get ready for (another) wedding. Have a good one!

Herbed Bread

Herbed Bread Chunk

Herbed Bread
(From The Pioneer Woman Cooks)

20 ounces all-purpose flour (use bread flour if you have it)
8 ounces water
4 ounces melted butter with chopped herbs (I used about 2 tablespoons of thyme)
2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon instant yeast
Extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. You can also do this by hand in a large bowl. Mix or knead for about 10 minutes until you achieve a windowpane with the dough.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit 1-4 hours until it has doubled in size. Once the dough has doubled, knead for 1-2 minutes to let the yeast redistribute.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat the dough with olive oil and sprinkle the top with extra kosher salt. Cut a large "X" into the top of the dough. Bake in a covered cast iron pan* for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook an additional 15-20 minutes until browned.

*I used a stainless steel dutch oven since I don't have a cast iron (my birthday is coming up though, wink).

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18 comments:

Foodycat said...

Have a lovely time at the wedding! That looks like a really gorgeous crumb. Just the thing with some cheese.

Junglefrog said...

Have a fabulous wedding! This bread certainly looks delicious. I always love a good bread with herbs in it. Gives it so much flavour!

Chef Fresco said...

I love the look of this bread! And seems pretty simple - I may have to borrow the recipe :)

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Esi, how are you. I feel like I've been ignoring you, and I hate that because I love your blog. I'm sorry my friend. Listen, I love this bread recipe. I'm horrible when it comes to making bread. My arms and hands aren't always up to the kneading. So this one is perfect. I love bread. I know, that's terrible, but give me a piece of fresh baked bread slathered with butter and I'm in heaven. Thanks sweetie for the great recipe. :)

foodieonweightwatchers said...

That bread looks sooooo good!

Erica said...

Looks fabulous and sounds easy! Love the addition of the herbs. Hope you're having a good weekend

Rina the Mama Bear said...

Yum - this looks delicious! Have fun at the wedding! We have a few coming up too - busy busy!!

Maria said...

I love herbed bread, looks tasty!! Have a good weekend!

Marta said...

Yummy herbed bread! i love the olive oil topping, must add a lot of fragrance. Thanks for sharing this :)

daxphillips said...

There is nothing better than homemade bread. The smell alone is money. Great job on the rustic bread, it is wanting me to make a round already!

ttfn300 said...

Mmmm, so yummy! looks great, too :) have fun at the wedding

Mary said...

What a tasty and simple bread. It looks fabulous. Enjoy the wedding!

kellypea said...

This is making me think I need to start my brioche (such a procrastinator...)Your boule is gorgeous!

Pearl said...

oh that photo is incredible!

lisaiscooking said...

Your loaf looks amazing! Love the herb flecks in it too.

Reeni♥ said...

Another beauty! This looks wonderful!

Esi said...

Thanks everyone! I had a fantastic time at the wedding. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as well.

Sara said...

Looks great! I also made this bread and it was quite tasty.