Rosemary-orange Wheat Bread

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This is my first REAL bread without a bread machine. I wanted to start making breads without the machine to see if I could do it. I love the hint of orange and rosemary in this. I added wheat to it to make it more hearty but I didn't add enough to change the texture.
Ingredients
2-1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbls honey
1 Tbls canola oil
1 Tbls minced fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp. dried)
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated orange peel
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 to 4 cups white flour
1 egg white, lightly beaten
((((optional))) Whole peppercorns and fresh rosemary
 
Directions
1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add the orange juice, honey, oil, rosemary, salt, orange peel, whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the white flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining white flour to form a soft dough.
2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top and sides of the dough. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled size, usually 1 hour.
3. Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface; roll into a 15x10" rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with the short side; pinch edges to seal. Shape into an oval. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let ruse until almost double the size. (about 30 minutes)
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Pull the bread out and brush with the egg whites and top with the ((optional peppercorns and/or rosemary)). Bake for an additional 25 minutes or until browned. Place on a wire rack to cool.
 
Notes:
I used fresh herbs.

I didn't put the peppercorns on the top but I did top with more fresh rosemary.

I baked it for the full 20 minutes, the first time and then for an additional 20 minutes. I pulled it out 5 minutes early because it was brown.
Categories:
Dish   BreadCooking Method   Baked
Prep Time   more than 2 hoursCooking Time   45 minutes




Traci Downing

Member since Dec 2007

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