Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I had bronchitis for a week, and couldn't cook... couldn't do anything but cough and sleep.  I feel a lot better!!!!  And miss cooking! 

I am on a bread kick, I am going to master the art of breadmaking.  I make an awesome biscuit (no yeast), have finally perfected fluffy, juicy, moist cinnamon buns (yeast), and now will move on to this bun recipe I found, it sounds soooo good!  I love Rosemary!


¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 ¼ tsp (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 ¼ cups bread flour
1 ¾ teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
extra flour for dusting
½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
nonstick spray

1. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and rosemary; let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Pour yeast into 1 cup of warm water (about 105 to 110 degrees… no warmer). Stir to dissolve the yeast and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Mixture should foam and bubble (a sign that the yeast is still good).

3. Insert paddle attachment into your stand mixer. Pour water/yeast mixture into the mixing bowl. Add ½ cup of flour and the salt and mix on low speed until incorporated. Keep adding ½ cups of flour until all flour is used up and incorporated. Remove the paddle attachment and replace it with a dough hook. Knead on low and slowly pour in the olive oil/rosemary. Increase to speed 3 and let the machine knead for about 2 minutes.

4. Remove the dough and shape quickly into a ball. Dust lightly with flour and place in a zip bag, pressing out air and sealing. Place on a cutting board and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size (about 1 hour). Punch down inside the bag and let rise again for an additional hour.

5. Punch the dough to deflate and let rest 10 minutes. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Divide dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a ball and transfer to the prepared baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour (until almost doubled). They’ll continue to rise as they bake, so don’t worry too much if they don’t look large enough.

6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and lightly brush each roll with melted butter. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until browned and hollow sounding when tapped. Remove to wire rack to cool.
Yield: 12

Cooking Tips:
*Use a candy thermometer or an instant-read meat thermometer to check for accurate water temperature.
*If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can always knead by hand instead. It’s just a little messy.
*Trick to dividing the dough into 12 equal pieces: Divide the dough in half, then in half again, then you can divide each of the four pieces into three equal dough balls.

I can already taste them!  Leigh's boss and his wife are coming for supper on Saturday, they will be my guinea pigs!   Saturday's menu will be:  barbecued strip loin with sauteed mushrooms and green onion (Leigh style, so so good), baby potatoes and carrots in butter/dill sauce, Caesar salad (Sharon's recipe, it is the best ever) and olive and rosemary rolls.  For dessert, hmmm... I'll have to think on that one. :)  I've been forcing myself to bake, and I am actually getting quite good at it!  It's the measuring and accuracy thing that turns me off :).  But since I started to do it more often, I actually find it quite therapeutic! 

1 comment:

  1. These were amazing! The Rosemary is very subtle, the roll crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, fresh out of the oven with butter... yum! Leigh's boss and wife did not in fact make it over for dinner and we ended up watching a movie... I got a little distracted and I didn't get these in the oven until about 9:00 pm so we all enjoyed one fresh out of the oven for a little snack! :)