Happy Superbowl Sunday weekend! Honestly, I’m not a big football person, but lots of my friends are, so I’ve been hearing about it quite a bit. I don’t have any cute appetizer recipe for the occasion, but I did make this bread last week! I took this simple bread recipe from Simply Scratch and added some herbs and garlic to spice it up a bit.
This bread is really easy to make, although it does take the typical two hours to rise. However, the second rise happens during the baking process, which is why you put it in an un-preheated oven. The warming oven helps with the rising, and also cuts down on wait time! I split my loaf into two smaller loaves, and even though I baked them the recommended time, mine were a little par-baked. This bread was delicious sliced and toasted, with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or a little buttery spread. The herbs and garlic added a nice little touch of flavor as well. Here’s the recipe!
Garlic Herb French Bread
adapted from Simply Scratch
Makes 2 small loaves, or 1 large loaf
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110-115˚F)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp herbs (I used Italian seasoning)
Olive oil, for greasing
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast and warm water and let sit for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, garlic salt, and herbs.
Stir the flour mixture in the yeast mixture, and knead for a few minutes with a dough hook until the dough is smooth and elastic. Grease a large bowl with olive oil and place the dough in a ball in the bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place for a couple hours, until doubled in size. Punch down, split in half, and form each half into a long log. Place the logs on a baking sheet and place in an un-preheated oven. Turn the oven on to 375˚F and set a timer for 30-35 minutes. The bread will still be pale when it is done baking. Serve warm, sliced and with spread or dips of your choice. Enjoy!