Back in the summer last year we discovered Rosemary Bread and that required several generous sprigs of that wonderfully aromatic herb each time we whipped up a loaf. We loved our rosemary plant that once stood so tall in the garden but it’s been picked to death.
We also really enjoy kuru fasulye – the white beans also known as cannellini beans and for us these beans cooked with rosemary is a true match made in heaven. If you enjoy Italian cuisine, you will see that these two ingredients are often combined, especially in soups.
Consequently the rosemary plant whose grand plans of becoming a hedge has had to downgrade her ambitions. The future forecast is not much more that a rather balding, short shrub now.
And so I felt compelled to write a…
LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER of the shrub variety
We have noticed that you look very withdrawn lately. Please do not be anxious. Your Mummy went to the nursery and has adopted. You have a sweet step sister and will not be so picked upon anymore.
We love you more than you can imagine.
One way to look at it is this – Rosemary’s demise is of the best kind – a worthy cause.
With no further prevaricating, I would like to give you one of our top favourite loaf recipes that have both oven and bread maker instructions to make this very moreish Rosemary Bread.
- 1½ cups warm water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 heaped tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano or thyme
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp dried yeast
- Pt all in a bowl in given order and mix well together.
- Knead 5 minutes
- Rest it for an hour
- Knead again and let rise 2 hours
- Bake in 180C oven for 40 mins or until it sounds hollow when tapped
- If using bread maker, place all in loaf tin in given order
- Turn on to white bread program
- Check during kneading that all flour is incorporated using spatula
- Add a little extra flour or water as necessary to make a wet dough that forms a ball
May I plead with you to tend your rosemary bush with TLC (this also includes no over-watering – an easy thing to do.) You will be rewarded.