I’m squeaking in at the last minute with this month’s Bake Together again. I keep finding myself wanting to commit to more baking groups, more testing, more projects in the kitchen… but there’s only so much time and so much eating I can do.
This simple boule was perfect for me to whip together at the last minute. It’s quick to come together, especially in a mixer with a dough hook (lifesaver). I didn’t get overly creative with flavors – a bit of fresh rosemary and pepper in the dough, a bit more rosemary on top. And a good sprinkling of flaky salt for the top, too. It reminds me of my favorite focaccia – buttery, herbaceous, salty.
I love some of the other submissions this round, too – I thought the pull-apart version was particularly genius. Make sure to take a look at all of the variations in our growing group here.
Salt & Pepper Rosemary Peasant Boule
Adapted from: Abby Dodge
Makes 1 round loaf; 8-10 servings
3 1/3 cups (15 ounces) all purpose flour
1 packet (1/4 ounce) instant yeast (rapid rise)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, divided
1 1/3 cups very warm water (between 115 and 125 degrees)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon flaky coarse salt (Maldon)
1. In a large bowl of electric stand mixer, whisk the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, baking powder, pepper and 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary. Clip the bowl into the mixer stand and fit the mixer with the dough hook.
2. Check that the water temperature registers about 120 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. (In order for this type of yeast to grow, the liquid needs to be between 115 and 125 degrees).
3. With mixer on medium-low speed, slowly pour the water into the flour and mix until the flour is completely incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the bottom and sides of the bowl, about 6 minutes. Donâ€™t venture too far away while itâ€™s mixing as the mixer might dance around on the counter.
4. Scoop up the dough and shape it into a ball. Lightly grease (using some of the melted butter or spray release) the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl and pop the dough, rounded side up, back into the bowl. Cover the top securely with plastic wrap. (I like to use a large rubber band to hold the plastic in place.) Let the covered dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
5. Using some of the melted butter, generously butter an 8-inch round cake pan. Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface (thereâ€™s no need to flourâ€”the dough is soft but not sticky) and press to deflate it. Shape the dough into a 7-inch-wide round and place it, smooth side up, in the center of the prepared pan. Generously brush the top and sides with some of the melted butter. You may not need all the butter. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 teaspoon of rosemary and the coarse salt.
6. Let the dough rise (no need to cover it) in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 25 minutes. It will fill the pan.
7. About 15 minutes before the dough is ready to bake, position a rack in the middle of the oven and the oven to 375Â°F. When the dough has risen to about 2 inches above the edge of the pan, bake until the boule is well browned and sounds hollow when tapped, about 30-40 minutes (the inside temperature should be 200 degrees on an instant-read thermometer). Transfer the pan to a rack and tip the baked bread onto a rack and remove the pan. Set it right side up and let cool completely.
- Salt & Pepper Rosemary Peasant Boule (adapted from Abby Dodge)