Rustic Savory Wheat Bread Recipe With Herbs and Onions

This rustic savory wheat bread recipe uses onions and fresh herbs parsley, sage and rosemary, perfect as a side dish for any meal.

| January/February 2007

  • A rustic wheat bread recipe is necessary for any home baker.
    A rustic savory wheat bread recipe is necessary for any home baker.
    PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM/SYMBIOT

  • A rustic wheat bread recipe is necessary for any home baker.

Learn how to make this rustic savory wheat bread recipe using onions and fresh herbs of parsley, sage and rosemary from the garden.

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This wheat bread recipe is fashioned after Tuscan bread that I learned to make when I lived in Italy. The addition of herbs and onions makes it a savory loaf. The bread dough can be allowed to rise once and be punched down; then the herbs can be kneaded in and the dough shaped into a loaf, allowed to rise again and then baked. For a variation in flavor and texture, you can replace 1 cup of the whole-wheat flour with 1 cup of rye flour. If you have time, let the dough rise and be punched down twice before kneading in the herbs, this seems to make the loaves a bit bigger and yeastier. Either way, it is delectable. The second loaf can be frozen once it has cooled completely.

Rustic Savory Wheat Bread Recipe With Herbs and Onions

Makes 2 loaves



1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups unbleached flour
4 cups whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups warm water, divided
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup unbleached flour for kneading
1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
2 generous tablespoons fresh minced sage
2 generous tablespoons fresh minced rosemary
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup cornmeal, for sprinkling on baking sheet and tops of loaves

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup lukewarm water, yeast and honey. Let mixture stand until yeast becomes foamy, about 10 minutes.

Victoriaellen
10/19/2013 9:48:50 PM

I followed this recipe to the letter, and it turned out like a brick. Any ideas?




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