when we were visiting family this last november, my sister-in-law spent a morning helping me get over my bread making and kneading fears. it was such a great experience. there's something about being taught a domestic skill by someone you love. it reminds me of that person whenever i repeat the skill, and sticks with me more than just picking up a book and reading about it. it doesn't hurt that bis is an excellent baker and teacher, too. here was my breadmaking lesson #1.
olive oil bread
combine dry ingredients:
4 1/2 cups flour (we split it half wheat, half white)
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon salt
combine + then add:
2 cups water (hot bath temp)
3/4 cups olive oil
knead until smooth and firm. form into round loaf. let rise for 30 minutes in greased pan. if you like, sprinkle with fresh rosemary. bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 45 minutes.
enjoy this moist, dense bread that goes perfectly with your favorite winter soup!