Home made bread with herbs and olive oil
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Home made bread with herbs and olive oil

This is a very pretty and tasty bread. Adding herbs like rosemary and sage makes a very fragrant and aromatic bread.This is like a kind of garlic bread without being garlic bread. It is more like a focaccia made into a roll but with added garlic too so there is plenty of flavour packed into it. It could be enjoyed through a meal or just on its own as a snack.If you won’t eat it up all on the same day you store it in a tin or in a plastic bag and you will find that it will keep nice and soft for a few days afterwards.

Alida Zamparini

Ingredients

4-serving
  1. 800 Grams bread flour
  2. 280 Millilitres water , lukewarm
  3. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  5. 25 Grams yeast bread for making
  6. 2 Cloves garlic
  7. 8 sage leaves
  8. 4 rosemary sticks

Method

45 mins
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    Melt the yeast with some of the warm water (add 1 tsp of sugar if using dry yeast). Then add the flour, 4 tbsp of olive oil, salt and the rest of the water. Work it well with your hands on your working top for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth

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    Make the dough into a ball, put it in a bowl and cover it with a cloth. Let it rest for a couple of hours in a warm place until it has doubled in size

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    Work the dough for another 10 minutes then dust your working top with some flour and with a rolling pin flatten the pastry making it into a long rectangle about 40 x 30 cm

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    Chop the rosemary, the sage and the garlic and mix them up with 2 tbsp of olive oil

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    Spread the herbs mixture over the pastry leaving 1 cm around the edges

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    Roll the pastry from the longer side of the rectangle and then seal it well

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    Now join the two ends together and make it into a ring. Make incisions about 5 cm distant to each another and 2 cm from the centre

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    Fold every slice on top of the next one to make the cuts visible

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    Lay the ring on a greased baking tray and cover it up with a cloth and let it rest for 45 minutes then cook it at 190C for 30-40 minutes until golden.

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