Posted on | August 3, 2011 | 15 Comments
Homemade Bread… hmmm… I miss German bakeries where you can buy all sorts of different fresh breads, rolls, cakes, pastries, you name it. The smell that emerges from these bakeries when you walk through town… heavenly. I once heard a baker say that it is the smell that makes people come into his bakery. That is so true for me.
Here in the US and most other countries for that matter, I miss the variety of different breads and simply good hearty breads. So I started to make my own bread to satisfy my cravings. Now our little cabin in the mountains smells like a German bakery most of the time… Oh the simple joys in life!!!
- 2 cups / 240 g flour, plus more as needed
- 1 cup / 150 g whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp dry yeast
- 2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 cup / 240 ml lukewarm water
- 1/3 cup / 80 ml olive oil
- 1 cup black olives, pitted and halved
- 2 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary, slightly chopped
In a food processor, combine the flour, whole wheat flour, yeast and salt. Add the warm water and the olive oil. Process until it forms somewhat of a dough ball. (If too dry, add some more water and if too wet, add more flour but it should be okay without adding more flour or water)
Transfer the dough into a large bowl. With floured hands, knead the dough by hand several times. Then incorporate the olives and the rosemary. This part is a bit messy but keep kneading. The olives and the rosemary will be eventually incorporated.
Form the dough into a ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for up to 2 hours until it doubled in size.
Punch the risen dough down and knead a few times. Form into a ball with the seam on the bottom. Place on a well-floured baking sheet. Sprinkle flour all over the bread loaf. Slash the top of the bread with a sharp knife or razor blade in whatever pattern you like. Cover with a towel, and let it rise again until it doubled in size.
In the meantime preheat the oven to 425°F / 220°C. When the bread has doubled in size, transfer the baking sheet into the preheated oven. Bake the bread for about 15 minutes at 425°F / 220°C. Then turn down the heat to 375°F / 175°C and bake for 40 to 60 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool.
Source: slightly adapted from ‘The Best Recipes in the World’ by Mark Bittman