I have been searching for the perfect, flavorful bread recipe. There has been a lot of trial and error of other recipes. But, I finally decided to combine the elements of that I thought work best.
Get ready for an explosion of flavor packed into every bite of this bread!
2.5 cups of bread flour
1.5 tsp active dry yeast
3 tsp of salt
1 tbs of dried rosemary
1 cup of whole milk (or water, if vegan recipe is needed)
3.75 tbs of olive oil
2 heads of roasted garlic (directions below how to roast your own garlic)
Place warm milk in a large bowl. Add sugar and 2 tsps of salt. Mix together. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes until the mixture foams.
Add 2 tps of olive oil and bread flour. Knead for about 10 minutes.
Add rosemary and knead for another 5-10 minutes. Stop once dough is no longer sticky and has more of a matte sheen.
Add roasted garlic to the dough. Knead dough just long enough for the garlic to incorporated.
Pick dough ball up and add 0.5 tbs of olive oil to bowl. Spread it around enough so the bowl is oiled on the sides. You may choose to do this in an other bowl but I know I try to minimize my dirty dishes haha.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Set dough aside and wait for it to double in size. Should take 1-2 hours.
Once the dough has doubled, press down on dough so the air is released. Shape into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.
Cover the dough with a bowl. Set aside for another 1-2 hours so the dough can double. Make sure the bowl is large enough to allow the dough to expand.
Once the dough as doubled, brush the dough with the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle rosemary and 1 tsp of salt on top of the loaf for garnish. You may press the the rosemary and salt into the dough however make sure to do it gently so the dough does not fall/loose the air.
Bake for 25 minutes on 375F.
After the 25 minutes, increase the temperature to 400F. Sprinkle with water and watch the loaf until it becomes golden.
Serve and enjoy!
Sometimes it hard to find roasted garlic at your regular grocery store. So, just in case, you are having a hard time, I have included an easy recipe to make your own. This can be done right before you make the bread or days before.
Make Your Own Roasted Garlic
Whole Garlic Head
Olive Oil, for drizzling
Peel the lining of the garlic but leave the head intact.
Cut the top of the garlic head just enough so the cloves are exposed. Cut the bottom of the head just enough that it creates a stable end for the garlic to sit.
Place the clove in foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the clove up and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 40 minutes at 400F.
Enjoy in recipes or by itself!
Please let me know what you think if you try your hand at this recipe! I would love to see pictures too!