Shaker Style Walnut and Rosemary Loaf

Total Time
2hrs 35mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 35 mins

The Shakers, who once had a number of active communities in Hew England, were known for their creative use of fresh herbs in cooking and baking. This savory yeast bread is a typical example. It is delicious freshly baked or toasted the following day.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Pour milk into large bowl.
  2. Mix in sugar, butter and salt; cool to lukewarm.
  3. Place 1/4 cup warm water in small bowl; mix in yeast.
  4. Let stand 6 minutes.
  5. Stir yeast mixture and 1 egg into lukewarm milk mixture.
  6. Mix in 4 cups flour and beat with a wooden spoon until mixture is smooth.
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sponge stand until bubbles appear at edge, about 15 minutes.
  8. Mix nuts and rosemary into sponge.
  9. Mix in remaining flour, 1/3 cup at a time, until soft, slightly sticky dough forms.
  10. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, sprinkling with flour as needed, aqbout 10 minutes.
  11. Oil a large clean bowl.
  12. Add dough, turning to coat.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap.
  14. Let dough rise in a warm draft free area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  15. Grease two 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 2 1/2 inch nonstick bread pans with oil.
  16. Punch down dough and turn out onto work surface.
  17. Shape into two 8 inch long loaves.
  18. Place inpans.
  19. Let rise, uncovered, until almost double in size, about 45 minutes.
  20. Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375*F.
  21. Using serrated knife, make a shallow cut down center of each loaf.
  22. Brush loaves with glaze.
  23. Bake until golden and crusty, about 35 minutes.
  24. Turn out of pans and let cool on racks.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a