Happy 3-year anniversary to Luke and I!
Actually, our anniversary Valentine's Day, but I wanted to share this recipe with you guys tonight. :) Three years ago, Luke flew up to Chicago to ask me to be his girlfriend. After what seemed like an eternity of 4 months, I packed up my big city life to be with Luke and be closer to family in Florida. We met almost 10 years ago (wow!), back in college and were in the same graphic design program, but never dated. We rekindled our friendship throughout the years, checking up on each other to see how one another was doing….but not much more than that. I’m so thankful we got together after all this time. It’s a long story that I’ll have to save for another post, but we’ve been together ever since he came up to see me during a terrible blizzard in the middle of February in Chicago.
I made this rosemary garlic bread over the weekend for a pre-valentine’s day celebration. Being that we’re busy and saving for this whole wedding thing, we decided to skip the over-hyped Valentine’s day dinner, go for a 3-mile run to celebrate our 3 year anniversary, and have some good food at home.
This bread recipe is by far, our favorite bread recipe. Spend the couple of extra dollars and get the bread flour - it makes the bread extra squishy and delicious. Happy Valentine’s day!
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 cup bread flour set aside
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 packet active yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 1/2 cups room temp water
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary
- 3 - 6 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- In bowl, mix the water, yeast, sugar and half of rosemary. In separate bowl, add 1 tsp salt to flour, mix, then add flour to yeast mix, slowly, until dough is able to form ball. Knead on floured board for 10 mins. Sprinkle on the flour that was set aside to the dough ball and floured surface to keep from sticking.
- Place dough in oiled bowl, cover, let sit in warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour). Mix oil, rosemary and garlic.
- Punch dough down, knead a few times to make easy to handle. Shape dough into 2 loaves, place several inches apart on baking sheet. Score loaves, pour oil mix on top. Sprinkle each loaf with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 350. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden.