This week’s bread recipe is a rosemary boule. A boule, in the simplest of terms, is a rounded loaf of bread, and the fragrant rosemary melds beautifully with a basic white bread recipe. I left the bread to proof overnight in the hopes of deepening the yeast and rosemary flavors. Something to keep in mind when considering baking this recipe. I also think that I added too much moisture to this recipe, so it might need to be slightly reworked. The rise and proofing seemed to worked out, but the bread was a bit softer then I was expecting and not as open in texture. It still turned out a good loaf of bread, just not as I had envisioned it. It’s a work in progress. This also seems like the type of bread that may have benefited from a sourdough starter instead of the basic sponge. I’ll get back to it.
- 1 cup Water
- 4 tsp dry active Yeast
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 1/2 cups Bread Flour
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh Rosemary
- 1 tbsp Salt
- Egg Wash (1 egg + 1 tsp Water)
- Whisk together the water, yeast, honey, and olive oil, and then allow it to rest for about 10 minutes until the yeast has foamed up.
- In a stand mixture with a dough hook attachment, gradually add the flour to the yeast mixture, followed by the rosemary and salt.
- Knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
- Allow the dough to rise for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
- Punch the dough down, and place it in the refrigerator overnight.
- The next day, form the dough into a round or boule by pinching the dough into the bottom of the round, and then allow it to rise for about 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F (~204 C). If you are using a baking stone, place it into the oven and preheat to 475 F (~246 C) remembering to reduce the heat back to 400 F when you place the bread into the oven.
- Prepare a spray bottle with cold water for misting the crust during the baking process.
- Brush the top of your dough with the egg wash and score the top with a sharp knife.
- Bake your bread for about 40 minutes, misting your bread occasionally as it bakes.