rosemary-olive bread

I love bread. It is my friend… it’s my carrier for sandwich fillings and the toast to my French- Bread is one of those foods that I really don’t think  I could do without. I love it’s crusty outside and warm, chewy inside…even better with olives. I love olives….

rosemary-olive artisan bead

rosemary-olive artisan bead

Let me tell ya, I have a bread machine- and, I use it often. But when the temperature FINALLY got below 90, I had the uncontrollable urge to get working with dough. I tried Play-Dough, but I “kneaded” something that smelled better… well, more appetizing.  I also have this rosemay bush, that is almost as tall as me (I’m short) so… I dug through my massive cookbook collection and came across  Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking ( I think I got it for like, 19 bucks at TJ Maxx- I heart bargians!) here is the recipe for Olive Bread (I tweaked it a bit. I do that a lot.)

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Speaking of bargians, check out the pound of yeast ( in date!) I got at the flea market! FOR TWO BUCKS! I was a very happy mama. But, it coming from the flea market, I needed to proof it. Proofing yeast is basically making sure they are alive.  Give em some presents ( warm water and sugar) and they will get all jiggy on you! (foam)

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3 3/4 tsp of yeast in 1 c warm water with 1tsp sugar. Wait 5-10 min

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It should start to get foamy and bubbly. This is what yeast that is getting jiggy looks like.

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now add 1/3 c olive oil, 1 c bread flour, 2 c all purpose flour, 2 tsp salt and stir it together….with a wooden spoon. (just because I like wooden spoons…)

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now, you knead the dough to make the bread. ( hardy, har har) Knead for about 7 minutes and 31:4 seconds. Exactly. Not really.. just till it gets elastic- like this:

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nice dough. good dough.

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my mom is forever giving me expensive treats- ( she knows I won’t buy them for myself…) I love my mama…these are the olives I used. She gave em to me…

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pitting them by hand was the pits….I needed a cup of em, chopped.

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work em into the dough… yes, add more flour as needed….

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shhh… place in an oiled bowl and let it take a nap under a damp towel in a warm spot. Now, go play for a couple of hours….

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It got all jiggy while you were gone….now punch it down and knead in 2tsp rosemary shape into a nice round  shape and place it on something non stick- parchment or a silicone baking mat..I have a sil-pat. I got it wholesale from the health food store I managed. It’s all stained and worn.But it still works, sometimes things that are worn and stained just have such character…. oh! I am rambling here….

IMGP3167 cover your bread and let it get all jiggy again. (rise) about 1hr. Dust it with flour. Bake it at 450 for 45 min.

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mmm… your neighbors will thank you for making the street smell good….ENJOY! love, MK

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