Sunday, February 28, 2010

Olive Oil Bread

I simply love this recipe, it is one of the easiest recipes I know for baking bread. Today was a perfect day to prepare it and I figure I just had the perfect excuse, as I have a spicy balsamic bread dipper that one of our friends gave us for Christmas and it has been sitting in my counter for a couple of months! So I figure today I wanted to try it, and I needed a delicious home made bread to make the whole experience so much better!

Olive Oil & Herbes de Provence Bread

1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups flour, more if needed
1 tablespoon herbes de provence or whatever herbes you happen to like.


Stir the sugar and yeast into the water, and set aside for 10 minutes to dissolve. Put the olive oil and salt in a large mixing bowl, and add the yeast mixture. Beat in 1-1/2 cups/285 g of the flour, until smooth, along with the herbs. Now work in the remaining cup/125 g flour, turning it onto the counter top to knead, until you have a smooth dough, 10 to 15 minutes. Cover with a tea towel and set in a warm place to rise to double, about 45 minutes.
Punch the dough down and shape into a loaf. Let rise again 30 minutes, and bake at 400ºF for 25 minutes until done. Let the bread cool a little before slicing to serve.

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