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Almost Everything Peasant Bread

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

I am a lover of all things bread. There I said it. The carb queen. That’s me. Love bread and everything about it. And speaking of everything, the Everything Bread I buy at Walmart is one of my all time favorites. Like an Everything Bagel, the top is covered in poppy seeds, dried onion, dried garlic and who knows what else, and just a hint of salt too. My 15 year old son and I can polish off a loaf in just a few days.

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

Time rolled around again for The Secret Recipe Club. My assignment this month was Veronica’s Cornucopia. She had quite a few recipes that drew my attention, but when I found her Rosemary Peasant Bread I knew I wanted to try an adaptation.

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

With bread I don’t like to steer too far away from the original recipe as you can really mess things up if you do. In looking at Veronica’s pictures, it looked like this bread has a tender crumb, but loose, not tight, which most likely comes from the lack of kneading the dough.

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

So I made a few adjustments, subbing in some milk for some of the water, and adding in a few more ingredients to compliment the rosemary. While it’s not quite “everything” it definitely had some amazing aroma and the flavor was truly wonderful.

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

I was a bit overzealous with the Kosher salt, so only use a light sprinkling with that ingredient. I also mistakenly put all of the dough into a 9×9 baking pan instead of into two different 8″ or 9″ cake pans. I actually intended to use a 13×9 pan since I had planned to make one big dish instead of two small ones, but I messed up. :-P Because of that, the center of my bread was still a bit doughy, but I blame myself for that.

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

This reminded me of an English Muffin. I loved the crispy chewy edges! When I put the pan in the oven the yeast in the dough was highly active, actually bubbling and popping as I put it in. Overall a very good bread, though I would like to try it again with a little less salt on the top and in the proper sized pan. Thanks for the great recipe Veronica!

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 1 square loaf, serves 9

Serving Size: 1 square

Almost Everything Peasant Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon SAF instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • Toppings
  • Dried rosemary
  • Fennel seeds
  • Dried onion
  • Dried minced garlic
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the water and milk and warm to 105-115 F then place in a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over the top of the water/milk mixture. Let yeast work for 5-10 minutes until foamy and bubbly.
  2. While the yeast is working, combine flour, salt, rosemary, fennel seed, dried onion and dried garlic in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. When yeast is ready, add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon. Don’t knead the dough, just cover it with a clean towel or cloth and place it in a draft free location and let rise for until doubled in size (30-60 minutes).
  4. Spray a deep 9×9 baking dish (or a 13×9 pan) with nonstick cooking spray. Scrape the dough into the pan. Spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover and let rise another 35-45 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove plastic wrap and sprinkle the top of the dough with fennel seed, rosemary, onion, garlic and Kosher salt.
  6. Bake @ 425 for 20 minutes, then reduce temp to 375 for 15 minutes more.
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11 Responses to Almost Everything Peasant Bread

  1. 1

    I love this bread recipe! I have managed to make cinnamon rolls from scratch, and beer bread, but I haven’t made real bread, like bread bread.. haha. I may have to bite the bullet and make this! Looks great Amanda!

  2. 2

    Amanda, you have outdone yourself again. This bread is gorgeous! It was an honor to have you as my SRC buddy this month and your Best Chocolate Chip Cookies truly are outstanding! James and I have a new favorite ccc thanks to you!!

  3. 3
    RecipeNewZ says:

    Wonderful bread! Looks so rich and must be so flavorful with rosemary, garlic, fennel. Great choice!

  4. 4
    Veronica says:

    I love everything bagels too and what a great idea to do that with this bread! It is definitely one of my favorites and you put it over the top.

  5. 5
    Lisa~~ says:

    I think that this is a bread that even I, the non-bread baker because I always mess it up, could handle making. Looks wonderful.

  6. 6

    This is right up my alley. Sounds great!

  7. 7

    I love, love, love the fennel seeds on the top…giving it that slightly sweet sense of flavor and with the rosemary…love it. Let’s not mention the english muffin texture, sounds like a winner.

  8. 8
    Inka says:

    I like homemade bread, yours looks so delicious! Amazing pictures! greetings from my kitchen!

  9. 9
    Kirstin says:

    YUM! I too love bread! This is getting marked to make later.

  10. 10
    Margaret says:

    I LOVE a bread with lots of spices and flavorings. Have to try this one.

  11. 11
    Erica says:

    I’m SO with you! Where is the high carb diet? I’d be all over that. The bread sounds fantastic

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