Fresh Herb Bread
(From Bread: the Universal Loaf by Tamara Milstein)
Ingredients (Makes two loaves):
6 cups unbleached flour
1 Tablespoon yeast
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon honey
3 Tablespoons melted butter
2 1/4 cups warm water
1 1/2 cups fresh herbs, chopped (we did basil and parsley this time. I think we'll try rosemary next time. Hints on what goes well with rosemary?).
Combine the flour, yeast, salt, honey, butter, water and herbs in a large bowl and mix until the ingredients form a 'shaggy mass' (what a lovely term). Turn onto a floured surface and knead until soft and satiny (about 10 minutes).
Shape the dough into a ball and allow to rise in a greased bowl, covered.
Collapse the dough and divide into two. Flatten each piece into an oval then roll up tightly. Place on an oiled oven tray. Allow to rise until doubled in size (around an hour).
Glaze with beaten egg (Little Eco loved this 'painting' task) and bake at 190 degrees C for approx. 40 minutes.
It was delicious! We enjoyed it last night with home made mushroom and bean soup - my new favourite mushroom recipe (i'll post the recipe later in the week as its worth sharing).