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Got Herbs?

I have done absolutely nothing today. 

Okay well not really nothing. 

The boys and I did go for a walk earlier.  We walked around the local campus, which is a two mile walk.  They didnโ€™t like it.  I loved it!

You see we had some rain come through the area early this morn.  Which left us with cooler temps ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes I say that with a smile.  I live in Louisiana people.  We are knocking in the 90โ€™s at this point in the year.  Soon to be triple digits, and do not even start on the heat index!

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So after our lovely, cool stroll I just wasnโ€™t in the mood for my spring cleaning adventures in the house.  Instead I decided I would much rather play around in my kitchen.

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Lucky for the hubster you, that is exactly what I did!

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Oh wait, would you like the recipe?  Of course you would!

The recipe originally called for rosemary, which I did not have?  Couldnโ€™t find that darn bottle anywhere.  So I opted to replace the rosemary with an Italian herb blend.  I think it will work just fine, donโ€™t you?โ€ฆmmmkkk!

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Rosemary (Herbed)  Bread

  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2t sugar
  • 2T olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1c whole wheat flour
  • 1.5c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2T dried rosemary (or herb of choice)
  • 1t fine salt
  • 1/2t kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  1. Stir the yeast, sugar, and 1/4c warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes
  2. Add 1T olive oil, the flour, 1.5t herbs, the fine salt, and 3/4c warm water.  Mix with the dough hook until a dough forms.
  3. Knead with the dough hook on medium-high speed, adding flour if necessary, for about 8 minutes.  Or you can knead on a floured surface by hand for about 10 minutes.
  4. Brush a large bowl with olive oil.  Add the dough and cover with plastic wrap.  Let stand at room temperature for about 2 hours.
  5. Brush 2 baking sheets with olive oil.  Generously flour a work surface; turn the dough out onto the surface and divide into four pieces.  Take one piece at a time and sprinkle some flour on top.  Take the top and bottom portions and fold into the middle.  Fold in the sides to make a square.  Flip over and tuck the ends under to form a ball.  Place on baking sheet seam side down.  Let the dough balls sit uncovered for another 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 400.  Bake the loaves about 10 mintues; brush with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with the kosher salt, as well as the remaining 1/2T of herbs.  Continue baking until golden brown, about 10 more minutes.
  7. Cool on a cooking rack. 

This bread is wonderful served with some good quality olive oil and black pepper for dipping.  

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So this made four round loaves of wonderful bread.  I love bread!

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I served this lovely bread alongside garlic and herb pork loin, and a lovely vegetable/brown rice risotto. 

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The risotto was a superb addition to such a flavorful meal.  I used this recipe; 1/2 the recipe, omit the butter,  and added mushrooms in the mix as well.

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This was a great meal.  I really love being home, and having the ability to cook such wonderful meals for myself my family  ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I must revamp that spring cleaning schedule!

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