7/19/2009

Smells like heaven...

Fresh baked bread, there is nothing like the scent that fills your home, warms your spirit, makes you feel instantly comforted AND hungry. When I'm looking for something new and maybe a little different to try, I look to The Pioneer Woman and her contributor, Pastor Ryan. This recipe is his little gem, an easy bread with fresh herbs thrown in for good measure...I followed their lead this time with some fresh cut chives from my condo garden, but next time, I'll be experimenting with another combination of herbs as well. And trust me, there will be a next time.

Pastor Ryan's Herbed Bread
Recipe courtesy of Pastor Ryan, via The Pioneer Woman Cooks blog

Ingredients
  • 20 oz. of bread flour - 4 cups.
  • 8 oz. of water (or 1 cup.)
  • 4 oz. melted butter with chopped herbs of choice. (I used chives)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon active or instant yeast. (or proof yeast in the water if you are using active.)
Directions
  • Combine ingredients all together in a KitchenAid stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (it can be done by hand but takes longer). I mixed them together for about 10 minutes or so.
  • Place dough in a bowl with plastic wrap over it for 1-4 hours to double in size. After it’s gotten bigger, knead it for a minute or two so that the yeast can redistribute.
  • When dough is almost done rising, preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Cut a large ‘X’ into the surface of the bread dough and drizzle it with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt.
  • Place inside a covered cast iron pan. Bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, then remove lid to finish it off for another 15 to 30 minutes or until an internal temp of 200-210 is reached.

4 comments:

Maryanna said...

I've been wanting to make this. Yours turned out beautifully.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I think Pastor Ryan is a cutie patootie. He can cook and he looks good. The bread looks beautiful Shawna.

madebymel said...

I really want to try this bread! Unfortunately I don't have any sort of cast iron or oven-safe large pan with a lid. :(

~Amber~ said...

I have also been wanting to try this, it looks simply amazing!

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