Friday, November 10, 2006
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According to chefmike, he is a saucier, not a pastry chef. Anyone
who has tasted
this bread might beg to differ with him. The wild and wacky chef says, “If baking does not bother
you and you want to make an awesome Italian/French style bread, look no
more. An integral part of this recipe is my Roasted-Garlic-Basil Oil.”
cups bread flour (lightly spooned into measuring cup and leveled off)
1 package active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Roasted-Garlic-Basil Oil (recipe follows)
1 cup warm water (120-130 degrees F.)
1 egg, beaten, and seasoned with granulated garlic
the large bowl of an electric mixer place the flour, yeast, salt, basil,
oregano, thyme, garlic and sugar. Mix briefly to combine. Shut off the
the honey, oil, and warm water.
Mix until a dough is formed. Dump the dough on a floured surface
and knead for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a warmed ceramic bowl or atop a warmed bread stone
(warmed, not hot, about 80-90 degrees F.) Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen
towel. Allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes. Remove the plastic and flip
the bowl over onto a lightly floured surface and allow to rest for 15
the dough down and divide into loaves of the desired size. Make an
incision down the middle of the loaf. Cover with plastic and towel and
allow to rise for another 30 minutes or until doubled in volume. Brush
with beaten egg. Bake 20 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.
For a thicker crust put a pan of boiling water in the bottom of your oven.
cups oil of your choice (chefmike uses walnut oil; we use olive oil)
10 cloves of roasted garlic, crushed
15 to 20 fresh basil leaves
the oil and remove from heat. Add the roasted garlic. Place the basil
leaves into a sealable jar. When the oil has cooled, place it (including
the garlic) in the jar. Cap the jar and allow the oil to sit for 30 days.
says his latest batch included 2 cayenne peppers as well!
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