Rosemary Garlic Loaves

I may have forgotten to mention this, but we don’t buy bread anymore. For the past few weeks now I have made all the bread for our home. Not only is this cheaper than buying loaves (especially the high quality types that I enjoy), but it is great practice for me.

This week I made a couple rosemary garlic loaves. The recipe is out of Hobby Farm Home magazine’s Homemade Bread series, which I picked up at the grocery store.

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The magazine is pretty awesome and offers a lot of great tips and tricks and a great variety of recipes. Their recipes for dill rye loaves, parm bread sticks and glazed donuts will definitely be completed in the near future…

Rosemary Garlic Bread
1 cup warm water
2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3-5 cloves minced garlic
2 Tbsp fresh rosemary
1.5 cups AP flour
1 cup wheat flour

for thr tops of the loaves
1 egg beaten

for the baking sheets
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp cornmeal

First combine water, sugar and yeast and let it sit until it gets all nice and foamy.

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Chop up your garlic and rosemary and add that to the yeast along with the lemon juice. Yes, that is lemon juice from a bottle, and that is life.

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Slowly incorporate the flours, salt and olive oil and knead the dough by hand or in a mixer for 10 minutes, I did half and half, mostly because I love to knead dough… Just not for that long.

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Cookies caused that burn on my arm. They, too, can be evil.

Anyway, you know you’re done kneading when you poke your dough and the dent stays after you pull your finger out.

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Put your lil’ ball of dough in a greased bowl for an hour in a warm place and watch it grow!

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Then take the blob out of the bowl and knead for 2 minutes, just enough to get all the air out. Then plop in back in the bowl to rise another 20 minutes.

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Now prep your 2 sheet pans, spray them or coat them with olive oil and then sprinkle on some cornmeal. When you’re ready, divide your dough into two even round loaves and place them on top of the cornmeal. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise 45 minutes. I know… again, but believe me, its worth it. Preheat your oven to 375 during this time.

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Then slather on your egg wash, make some slashes in the top with a small sharp knife if you so desire and pop them into the oven.

I rotated the pans after 10 minutes, and my loaves took 20-22 minutes to get golden brown and sound hollow when thumped on the bottom.

Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with butter, balsamic and olive oil or some super yummy cheese.

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Although the kitties do like bread… They don’t get to enjoy it that often. Especially now that we make it ourselves!

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