In A Taste of Death, Ben makes this to go with Minestrone Soup which isn’t a bad idea. I happen to have rosemary in my garden (it’s a shrub, evergreen & tough as old boots, the only care it needs is pruning back when it overgrows the path) but if you don’t you can buy some in the supermarket fresh or use dried. Fresh is better.
I use a mixer with a dough hook to knead bread, just because I can walk away and do something else for 10 mins, but by hand is fine.Don’t worry about technique, just so long as you keep scrunging it up constantly.Face it, the mixer doesn’t worry about technique !
If you’re worried, there will be almost certainly be someone on You Tube demonstrating the correct technique.
But the great thing about bread is that it’s hard to mess it up. Just do it, it’s more likely to work than not.
I made some mini-loaves, mainly for fun & I have a tin that I bought from somewhere in a sale. They look cute, don’t they. But also pictured are some more traditional shapes.
500 gms strong white bread flour
15 gms salt
1 sachet (7gms) instant yeast
40 ml olive oil
320 ml warm water
1. Put all dry ingredients into a bowl, add olive oil, mix. (if not using machine, use a butter knife to mix at this stage)
2. Add water, not all of it at first, and mix until you have a soft dough that you can work with. If it’s too wet and sticks to your hands, add a bit more flour until it becomes workable.
3. Either knead with your hands, or leave machine running and do something else, I’ve always got loads of housework to do, for 10 mins.
4. Put dough into an oiled rectangular bowl (or dinky roll tin like I have). Cover with a cloth and leave until doubled in size.
5. Either leave in their tins or, if making loaves, tip out on to floured work surface.
6. Handle it gently to keep the air in the dough. Either cut in two (or three like I did) get two baking trays, line with baking parchment and place one piece on each one and gently stretch to a uniform shape. Cover with tea towel and leave for about an hour until doubled in size.
7.Make dimples with your fingertips and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt if you have it or a little normal salt if you don’t.
8. Put in an oven pre-heated to 220 centigrade.
9. Cook for 15 mins.
Tip : If your bread comes out wonky, as the ones on the left and right in the picture did, slice it up and put it in a bread-basket. Or display in a spiral pattern on a plate.