Basil and sage bread

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 \N Yeast; dry; envelope
1 cup Water; warm (105-115~)
5½ cup All purpose flour
¼ cup Olive oil
4 teaspoons Basil; crumbled dried
¼ teaspoon Sage; crumbled dried
½ cup Dry white wine
1¾ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper; freshly ground
½ cup Water; warm (105-115~)


(Makes 2 baguettes.) Sprinkle yeast over 1 cup water in bowl of heavy-duty electric mixer; stir to dissolve. Let stand 5 minutes. Thoroughly mix in 1½ cups flour. Sprinkle ½ cup flour over dough. Cover with towel. Let rise in warm draft-free area until doubled, about 1 ½ hours. Heat oil in heavy small skillet over low heat. Add basil and sage and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Cool. Blend 1 cup flour, oil mixture, wine, salt and pepper into dough, using dough hook. Slowly add remaining ½ cup water. Stir in 2 ½ cups flour ½ cup at a time. Knead dough in mixer until smooth and resilient, about 10 minutes, adding more all purpose flour if sticky. Grease large bowl. Add dough, turning to coat entire surface.

Cover bowl. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled, about 1 ¼ hours. Grease two baking sheets. Punch dough down. Divide in half. Form each piece into 14-inch-long loaf. Place on prepared sheets, seam side down. Let rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400~. Slash tops of loaves with sharp knife. Bake until breads sound hollow when tapped on bottom, about 50 minutes. Cool on wire racks before serving.

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