This is my favorite bread recipe. Everyone who eats it has nothing but good things to say about this yummy bread. It does involve a bit of waiting around for the dough to rise, but that’s a good opportunity to clean up the immediate area used for prep. By the time you’re done tidying up that area, the dough’s basically good to go in the oven.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup Quattro Formaggio blend cheese (Trader Joe’s)
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
- In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
- When the dough has pulled together, knead until elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. I used the microwave oven, since it’s got a timer on it and seemed convenient enough.
- When there is about 7 minutes left to wait for the dough to rise, preheat oven to 450°. Punch dough down; place on a silicone-baking-lined cookie sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Sprinkle with Quattro Formaggio cheese, then sprinkle with rosemary.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut into 2″ squares. Serve warm with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Mmm!