Makes 2 Round Loaves 1 Cup Warm Water 1 ½ tsp SAF Instant Yeast 1/2 tsp Sugar 1 ½ tsp Salt 3 TBSP Olive Oil 3/4 TBSP Fresh Rosemary, diced -or- 3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
-or- a combination of Fresh Rosemary and Essential Oil 2 ½ Cups Flour, Divided 1/4 tsp McCormick Italian Seasoning Grinder 1/4 tsp Cracked Black Pepper 1 Egg
1. In your mixing bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Stir with a spoon. Let it sit for 5 minutes. 2. Add the salt, olive oil, rosemary essential oil (if you are using this option) and 1 Cup flour. Mix for 30 seconds to incorporate dry ingredients. 3. Add the remaining 1 ½ cups flour, ½ cup at a time while the mixer continues to mix the dough. 4. Once all of the flour is incorporated, mix on high for 7 minutes. 5. If you are adding fresh rosemary, prepare that while the dough is mixing by pulling the green needles off of the woody stem and snipping the needles into fine pieces with kitchen shears or a chopper. 6. After your 7 minutes, add the Italian seasoning, black pepper and optional fresh rosemary. Mix until just incorporated. 7. Cover your mixing bowl with a clean, dry towel and let the dough rise until it is double in size, 40 minutes to an hour. 8. Divide the dough into 2 parts and shape into balls. Place on a baking stone or cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non stick spray or oil. 9. Spray a sharp knife with non stick spray. Cut slits in the top of the dough, forming an X or a cross. 10. Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk until frothy. Brush the egg generously across the top of the loaves. 11. Place the loaves in a 170 degree oven on the middle shelf and let rise until double in size, about 15-20 minutes. 12. Turn oven up to 370 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 13. Remove loaves from oven and place on a cooling rack.
14. Optional: Lightly brush the top of the loaves with butter and sprinkle salt over the butter.
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Photo shot with SHOTBOX and my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone.
Below you can see the setup inside the box. I put the loaf of bread on a breadboard with the handle showing in the photo for added interest and dimension. I placed the breadboard on a piece of tile to mimic a countertop. I used an image of slate tiles printed onto vinyl for the background. I used the anti-glare light shields because the surface of the bread was glossy as a result of the egg wash that was brushed on it.