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Best smell in the world? Fresh baked bread… it even beats out clean laundry and hot from the oven cookie. I’ve been craving rosemary bread for sometime. My recipe is modified from this one.

Fresh Baked Rosemary Bread

Fresh Baked Rosemary Bread

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 1 c. whole-wheat flour, 1 c. warm water, 1 Tbsp. yeast, 1 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. rosemary, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper, 1 tsp. fresh ground sea salt, 3 Tbsp. butter, extra virgin olive oil

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water, stir and set aside until yeast is activated. Mix in 2 Tbsp. butter, salt, pepper, rosemary, Italian seasoning and flour. Knead for 10 minutes until smooth. Oil a metal bowl, place dough in it, cover with a damp towel and set in a warm place. Allow dough to rise for an hour, dough should double in size. Punch dough down and divide into two loaves. Oil baking pan, shape the dough into 2 oval loaves. Return to warm place and allow to rise for another hour. Preheat oven 375ºF. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Melt remaining butter and brush over loaves (sprinkle with additional salt and rosemary if desired). Serve hot.

Sprinkle olive oil with salt, pepper and any herbs you want, and dip in bread.

What’s your favorite smell?