Friday, September 26, 2008

Rosemary Bread

My brother Brian cannot understand why anyone would put "hay" in bread. Since he refuses to eat rosemary bread, except in emergency situations, the two loaves I baked on Saturday lasted well into the week. I ate the bread toasted and spread with cream cheese for breakfast.  

Rosemary Bread
2 tablespoons SAF instant yeast*
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups warm water
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons dried rosemary (or a handful fresh)
5-6 cups bread flour

Sprinkle yeast and sugar over the water. Add the melted butter, salt and rosemary. Stir in flour, one cup at a time until the mixture forms a stiff dough. Knead for 10 minutes, using more flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking. Divide the dough into two pieces. Form into round loaves by pulling the edges of the dough and tucking them under the loaf (so that the top of the loaf is smooth and round). Placed on greased cookie sheet and let rise until double in size.

Heat oven to 350F and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the loaves are slightly brown. 

*If you use regular yeast, let the bread rise in the bowl until double after kneading it and before shaping it into loaves.

Rosemary Bread on the Sunday dinner table


  1. Amy, the bread sounds and looks very tasty. But my eye is drawn toward those yummy potatoes on the table. How were those prepared?

    Betsy O

  2. The potatoes were part of a pot roast that Mom prepared with meat, potatoes, onions and carrots. On Sundays Dad sets the self-timer on the oven and we come home to hot dinner.

  3. Hard to imagine Brian turning up his nose to yummy bread. I'll have to try this since I have more than enough fresh rosemary growing on the patio. I cut some and put it in a vase in the bathroom....looked and smelled very nice for a long time.

  4. Thank you for sharing the delicious sounding bread recipe, Amy! And the table setting is beautiful! It always seems to make a meal more pleasant if the table is set prettily. :)

  5. Tell Brian he just doesn't know good bread. :-D It looks so yummy and smells good from here!

  6. The bread looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.