Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas Eve Bread

Flower Pot Herb Loaves

1 pound all-purpose flour
1 ounce fresh yeast
2/3 cup lukewarm milkPinch of granulated sugar
2 onions, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 ounces butter
2 large eggs, beaten1/2 teaspoon saltPinch of grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons dried dill
1/2 teaspoon ground rosemary
2 new (4-inch) clay flower pots*

Note: Purchase only clay pots made in the United States. If made outside the United States, lead is mixed in with the clay. Line with greaseproof paper - thats what I did!

Grease the flower pots.

Sift the flour into a bowl and form a well in the center.

Combine yeast, milk and sugar in a bowl and leave for a few minutes, then pour into well.

Sprinkle a little flour over, cover and leave in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes.

Melt butter and mix with eggs, salt, nutmeg, dill and rosemary. Add onion.

Mix everything with the flour and yeast liquid and knead well, until smooth and elastic.

Cover and leave to stand until doubled in size.

Knead again lightly and put half the dough in each flower pot.
Let rise for 20 minutes or so.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (204 Celcius)

Brush surface of dough with water and sprinkle lightly with aniseed or fennel, if desired.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Then get on your push bikes with your kids behind you and deliver them to your nearest and dearest!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you mentioned the flowerpot/lead issue. I love this type of bread & had no idea I needed to look out for this.

4:40 AM, December 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all types of bread and this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

5:00 AM, December 20, 2006  

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