Rosemary Bread

I love the scent of rosemary.

I’m not sure why it affects me so, but that sweet pine-y scent makes me happy inside.

Now pair that with one of my other favorite smells, baking bread, and you’ve got one very joyful baker.

(And I needed a little pick-me-up after only getting about 3 hours sleep last night.  Long story, summed up: 20 month old figured out how to climb out of his crib, got hurt, now terrified of crib.  Awesome night.)

Anyways, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long in life to figure out how making bread – the process including the mixing, kneading, resting, and baking – is cathartic.  It’s stress-relieving, and I truly think good for the soul.

And you get to eat the results.  How can that be anything but right?

The Recipe:

Rosemary Bread, adapted from Food.com

1 T yeast

1 T sugar

1 c warm water

2 1/2 c flour

1 t salt

2 T rosemary

2 T butter

Place yeast, sugar and water in large bowl or food processor and allow mixture to become bubbly.  Mix in 1 T butter, salt, and 2 cups of flour.  Add one tablespoon of the fresh chopped rosemary.  Knead for about 10 minutes by hand or in food processor about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.  Add more flour if necessary.

Oil a bowl, put dough in it and cover with a towel.  Let dough rise in a warm place for one hour until doubled.

Punch down dough and divide in half.  Let dough rest about 5 minutes.  Spray baking pan or cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Shape the dough into 2 small rounded oval loaves.  Sprinkle remaining 1 Tablespoon of rosemary over the loaves and press lightly into the surface.  Let loaves rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.  Carefully remove from oven, brush with remaining butter (and salt if desired.).

{Printable Recipe}

The Results:

First off, I just need to say that I adore my husband’s KitchenAid Mixer.  (I know I’m beyond spoiled with all the gadgets, gizmos, and kitchen toys that Hubs has collected over the years.  They really do make cooking easier.)

That heavenly dough hook did almost all the work – unless I wanted to do some kneading on my own (which today, I did).  Within 10 minutes, my dough was already set to rise.

After being punched down, I divided it in half (and almost evenly this time, too!) and placed in on the cookie sheet to rise again.

I’m thinking the second rise was quite a success.  I just don’t understand, though, why my bread always wants to kiss…

The rosemary I attempted to press into the dough didn’t really stick too well.  Oh well.

 After they were baked, I rubbed butter over the top, and sprinkled a little sea salt over that.

The loaves turned out light, airy, and with a subtle rosemary taste.  They were almost sponge-like in their texture.  I highly recommend sprinkling the salt on the top – it definitely adds to the flavor.

And the rosemary undertones, yummy.

Another bread success (food-wise and beyond).

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9 thoughts on “Rosemary Bread

  1. Oh Courtney! I feel your pain. We kept both Mr. N and Miss A in a crib as long as we possibly could. I hope the little guy is ok. 😦 And I hope you get a better night’s sleep tonight! Now this rosemary bread – easily my favorite bread. I’ve only done it in a bread machine, but the smell….mmmmmmm. Nothing beats it. 🙂

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  2. You’re the bread queen now, Courtney! I’m so impressed. I’ve still yet to tackle homemade bread. I love rosemary as well, and this looks delicious! Sorry about the lack of sleep. 😦

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  3. A loaf of bread proofing and then baking… especially rosemary bread can cure anything. I hope you get a little more sleep soon.. on the bright side, it gives you a story to blog about and I love reading about your little one:)

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  4. Am making the bread this weekend. I am sure of it! Ok…were we once twins in a former life or something? I inhale rosemary as if it’s the most beautiful smelling rose on the planet. I love it and frequently pick a few sprigs just to put in a jar on my counter so I can smell it. It takes me to my happy place. As for the toddler and the bed…so sorry. That sounds AWFUL! Is he OK? I remember when we converted my son to a mattress on the floor and he discovered that he could just run the heck out of his room whenever he wanted. Those first few nights were CRAP! That’s when my husband honestly thought he had mentally invented the new best thing…velcro pajamas paired with flannel sheets. 😉 Don’t worry, I wouldn’t let him try it. Cruel and unusual punishment comes to mind. Hope tonight is better Courtney!

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  5. Hi….I just started receiving your emails………….I love it ..!!!………………Finally a real life situation where things don’t always turn out perfect…….The good and the bad, shared real time….
    Keep up the good work…!!!!!!
    Randy

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