Marjoram Bread

READY IN: 2hrs 50mins
YIELD: 2 Loaves




  • In a large bowl, mix the yeast, warm water, and sugar and leave sit 5 minutes until the mixture appears frothy.
  • Add in the flour, 1 cup water, salt and bacon fat or lard. Mix thoroughly with your hands until it all comes together.
  • Pour dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the marjoram evenly over the the dough and knead for another 10 minutes, until the dough is slightly sticky.
  • Pull the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning to coat the dough. Cover and let rise for 2 hours or until the dough is doubled.
  • Punch the dough down and divide into two equal pieces. If it feels too sticky to work with, sprinkle lightly with flour.
  • Shape each piece of dough into a log about 10 inches in length. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise for 1 and a half hours. About 20 minutes before the rise time is done, put the bottom part of broiler tray in the oven on the bottom rack and preheat to 450 degrees.
  • When the logs have risen, quickly cut the tops of the bread with a sharp knife and immediately put in the oven. Now quickly pour 1 cup of hot water into the broiler tray and quickly shut the oven door. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  • After the bread is done, cool on a cooling rack and enjoy. Bon Appétit!