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Olive Oil, Basil and Rosemary Bread

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This bread originally was meant to go with an Italian dinner, but I found it goes well with steak or chicken. You can adjust the amount of basil and rosemary and garlic to your personal taste.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 cups Warm Water, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons Yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons Rosemary
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil, For Coating The Pans And The Bread

Preparation

Add sugar to 1/2 cup of the water and then add the yeast. Stir to dissolve the yeast in the water. Let it sit until it bubbles and doubles in size, about 10 minutes.

Pour oil in a bowl with the rest of the water, the regular salt and the yeast mixture. Mix. Add the flour a little at a time. Add the garlic and herbs at this point to get them mixed into the dough. If you are using a Kitchen Aid mixer, put it on medium for about five minutes with the bread hook. You can add more flour as necessary to get the right consistency. It will be done when it isn’t sticking to the hook.

Coat a cookie sheet or shallow pan in olive oil and cut the dough into two balls. Set them on the pan and cover. Let them stand for about 20 minutes, then punch down the dough and mold them into two loaves. Put them in two loaf pans coated generously with olive oil. Cover and let sit until they double in size. This can take about an hour depending on humidity levels. When they are doubled, put a few pats of butter on the top of the loaves and salt the tops with the sea salt. Bake in a 350ºF oven for about 30 minutes.

You can adjust the spices to your liking. My husband isn’t a big fan of rosemary, so if he is eating it I will add less of that.

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pattiL on 8.25.2011

Absolutely delicious, and so easy!!

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kender3 on 7.4.2012

Edible and nice looking but no one was a huge fan. Watch out for butter dripping off the top, it will cause your oven to smoke.

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rondab on 5.25.2012

Wow!! This bread is delish. So flavorful. I added some finely chopped rosemary on top with the sea salt and it is fantastic. Thanks for this wonderful recipe~

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The Cyclist's Wife on 1.3.2012

I made this bread as a part of Christmas baskets we put together for our friends. It is easy and delicious. Makes a great sandwich bread or as a fancy bread side. The sea salt on the top really makes it.

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hlsquilts on 10.1.2011

This bread is delicious! We’ve used it for turkey sandwiches, and also made grilled cheese with this bread, cheddar cheese, and tomato slices. It is just fantastic!

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pattiL on 8.25.2011

Absolutely delicious, and so easy!!!

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