Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Herb Foccasia

After some good news at work for my hubby I wanted to make a nice dinner. I bought artichokes this week, our FAVORITE and so I wanted to make a yummy Italian bread to go with them. I found this recipe off of the Sisters Cafe Blog. I only changed a few things to it and it was yummy and shockingly fast!

2 packages active dry yeast
1/4 tsp sugar
1 c warm water
3 c flour
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/4 c chopped kalamata olives
3 Tbsp olive
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt

Herb Glaze
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp chopped fresh or 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (we did rosemary last night) or basil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh or 1/2 tsp dried garlic salt

Mix yeast, sugar and water in kitchenaid and let sit until bubbly. With kneading attachment add remaining ingredients (except the glaze) adding the flour last. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. You can just leave your mixer on until it starts to look like this. It takes time for it to all pull of the sides of the bowl but you should see a change in the consistency of the dough. If after two minutes there is still a little flour in the bottom I just add a tsp of water until it all pulls clear.

Let rise in warm place for about an hour. Grease baking sheet. Punch dough down and divide evenly into 4 pieces. Shape each piece into a disk; place on baking sheet. Cover and let rise 20 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Brush tops of each bread with herb glaze. Bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown. We ate two loaves and froze two for another meal. Look at this yummy dinner! Artichokes with lemon butter and olive oil and balsmic vingar to dip for the bread.

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