Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I bought some Herbes de Provence, and adapted this recipe to make use of them. This makes a light wheat loaf and the taste and fragrance of the herbs really comes through. I often bake this as rolls for sandwiches. Prep time very approximate.
- 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons herbes de provence
- 3 1⁄3 cups bread flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄4 ounce active dry yeast (1 pkg. or 2 tsp)
- 1 3⁄8 cups warm water
- cornmeal, for dusting baking sheet
- Place the herbs in a small dish and pour in the olive oil. Allow to steep for at least 15 minutes, and the longer, the better.
- Place all remaining ingredients except cornmeal in your bread machine following sequence recommended by manufacturer.
- Start the dough cycle. As the dough mixes, drizzle on the olive oil until incorporated. The dough should form a smooth ball: add small amounts of flour or water (or additional olive oil) until the dough looks right - the exact proportions depend on many factors. Allow to rise in bread machine.
- Remove from machine, punch down. If making a loaf, form into an oval loaf and place on cornmeal-dusted baking sheet. Cover and allow to rise until doubled. (If making rolls, cut into 8 to 12 pieces, depending on the size you want, and shape as desired. Place on cornmeal-dusted baking sheet, cover, and allow to rise until doubled).
- Preheat oven to 375 deg. F.
- Place in oven and bake for app. 40 minutes or until bread tests done. (Rolls will bake 20 to 30 minutes, depending on size - keep an eye on them).
- You know you should let a loaf cool before cutting into it; but when you make rolls, one can always be sacrificed to the cause!
- Note: I imagine you could bake this in the bread machine, although I've never done so. I'd do it on a basic white setting with medium crust.
Am not sure where my original review went, but I'm back to make it right! I'd received some Herbes from a friend who knows I enjoy baking, & used it in this recipe with great results! I particularly enjoyed them in combo with the flavor from the whole wheat flour ~ Very satisfying! [Made & reviewed in Zaar Stars tag]
Great bread. It's light, fragrant and delicious. Next time I make it I'll trim back on the salt a fair bit but other than that I wouldn't change a thing. I made 3/4 of the recipe and it made 5 huge (Texas size) sandwich buns and I can't wait to try a ham sannie using one of them, mmmmmmmm.
Makes a very beautiful, light, loaf, with a very intriguing fragrance of Herbs de Provence - smells lovely while baking! I used my bread machine, which made it very easy. I also heated the oil in the microwave for 30 seconds with the herbs in it, then let it sit for the prescribed 15 mintues - no idea if that had any extra herb releasing power, but it sure smelled great! I'll definately make this one again and again - in fact, I'm starting another loaf right now to take to my sister! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!! Made for PRMR Tag.