I chose one of my favourite herbs - rosemary.
(This post was drafted some time ago, and somehow I forgot about it till now, when I saw that it was still in draft.)
Hope some of you will give this recipe a try. The aroma of the olive oil and rosemary is just simply heart-warming.
Ingredients for a 10x7" loaf:
1 tsp instant yeast
180ml warm water
250g bread flour
3/4 tsp salt
1.5 tbs olive oil
1 tbs rosemary (use fresh if possible, otherwise dried will do fine too)
1 - Sprinkle yeast onto 120ml of warm water. Leave for 5-10 min till frothy.
2 - In mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and rosemary. Make a well in the centre and pour in yeasted water, remaining water and oil.
3 - Mix to form a sticky dough. When dough comes together, knead till smooth, silky and elastic (abt 10-20min).
4 - Put dough in an oiled bowl, coating dough with oil and cover. Leave to rise till double in size (abt 1 hr).
5 - Knock back. Then let dough rest for about 10 min.
6 - Mould to desired shape. Cover with towel. Prove till double in size (abt 30 min).
7 - Press gently to form dimples 1cm deep. Brush generously with oil and sprinkle sea salt.
8 - Bake at 200*C for 30-45 min till golden. Cool on a rack, covering bread with a towel for a softer crust.