3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
1 TBSP. sugar
1 1/2 TBSP. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. rosemary, more if desired
1/2 tsp. basil, more if desired
1 tsp. oregano, more if desired
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, more if desired
The night before, combine flour, salt, yeast and sugar in a stainless steel bowl with a spatula.
Add oil, rosemary, basil, oregano, & water. Use a spatula to mix until well combined.
Put a lid on the bowl (or plastic wrap) and let it sit on your counter for 12-18 hours.
Put flour on a pastry mat, silicone mat or your counter. Dump the dough onto the mat with a wooden spatula. The dough will be very wet.
Add more flour to the dough and gently stir with the spatula until the “wetness” is gone.
Add cheese and combine.
Shape dough to the size and shape you want it to be and according to what you are placing your dough in to bake. A ceramic covered baking dish lined with parchment paper works well. (A dutch oven or a cast iron dutch oven will also work for this.)
Place dough into the bottom of your baking dish, put a lid on it and place it in your oven (OVEN SHOULD BE OFF) for approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Remove dough from oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
If you like, sprinkle additional cheese and spices on top of the bread at this time.
Put baking dish into the oven covered for 30 minutes.
Take lid off and cook bread for an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
4 medium garlic bulbs
2 Tablespoons granulated yeast (active dry yeast)
3 cups warm water (about 105 degrees, so slightly above body temp)
5-1/2 cups (29.30 ounces) bread flour, more for dusting
1-1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon yellow cornmeal
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Peel away a couple of layers of the garlic bulb skin but make sure to leave the cloves intact and the bulb as a whole. Slice about 1/4″ off the top of the bulb, exposing the cloves. Place all bulbs in aluminum foil, drizzling each head with olive oil. Cover completely with more foil. Place in oven on a baking tray for 45 minutes. When done, wait for garlic to cool. Use a fork to remove each clove or squeeze out with your hands. Set aside.
Add yeast to your dough mixing/rising container. Pour in warm water and let the yeast sit for 5 minutes. Add flour, salt, roasted garlic and rosemary. Start mixing with a wooden spoon, use your hands as necessary to fully wet the mixture (the dough will be very wet and sticky). Cover dough with container top or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for at least 3 hours. After 3 hours place dough in the refrigerator overnight. (This helps make the dough less sticky and easier to work with.)
When ready to bake, place a metal baking pan (not glass) on the bottom rack of the oven. Fill it with water. (This helps steam the bread, giving it the nice crust.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, the water will heat up during the preheat. Meanwhile, butter the bottom of an 11 x 17 baking tray and sprinkle cornmeal over the butter to prevent the bread from sticking.
Sprinkle the dough with flour and flour your hands as well. Divide the dough into two even loaves, shaping each into a ball. Place on the baking tray, several inches apart. Sprinkle generously with flour. (You can also bake one at a time, saving the dough in the refrigerator for another day.) Let rest on the baking tray for 20 minutes. Right before placing in the oven, score top of bread with an “x” or other decorative mark, cutting right through the dough.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 15-30 minutes before slicing.
Buttering the bread once served REALLY brings out the garlic and rosemary flavor.
3 c warm water
1-1/2 T yeast
1/2 T honey
1 T kosher salt
4 T unsalted butter, melted
1 t garlic powder
3 t Herbs de Provence
6-1/2 c bread flour
In a large bowl, add the water and yeast. Let the yeast proof 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir/knead 9-10 minutes until dough is smooth, wet, and just slightly elastic. I use the dough hook on the mixer to do this, but it can be done the old fashioned way with a wooden spoon.
Cover the bowl with a damp towel and put the dough to rise in a warm place for 2 hours. To do this, I turn on my oven for 2 minutes, turn the oven off, then stick the bowl in there.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. Flour the top of the dough and knead it just a couple times to get it into a nice, smooth mound. Divide and form the dough into 4 loaves. Let them rise 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 450F with a pizza stone in the oven. Cook the bread loaves 30 minutes or until browned and crusty. On my pizza stone, I fit two loaves at a time. Move the cooked bread to a rack to cool. Serve that day or wrap in foil to freeze for later.