Monday, September 28, 2015

Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread


We love the bread that is served at Macaroni Grill.  I have made a similar recipe, but when I saw you could make it in the Crock pot, I was sold!  I love, love, love the crockpot!  We served the bread with this dipping mix.  Very good.  See my notes in bold.
Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread
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3 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 packet dry active yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
1¼ cups warm water
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped, divided Beth used dried IN the bread and fresh on top
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt, divided

You will also need:

Parchment paper
Paper towels
Crock Pot

In a large bowl, mix together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes. The mixture should become bubbly.

Stir in half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon), half of the rosemary (2 tablespoons), the 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and all of the flour. Mix until fully combined. Work it together with your hands, if necessary.

Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough in. Cover it with a kitchen towel and leave the dough in a warm, draft-free area. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour.

Remove the dough from the bowl and gently roll it into a ball on a floured surface. Let it sit for another 20 minutes. Beth suggests to let it sit IN the crockpot on parchment paper.  It deflated when I tried to put it in the crockpot to cook.

Set the crock pot to high. Line the crock pot with two pieces of parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches hanging out of each side of the crock pot. Place the dough in the crock pot and sprinkle it with the remaining salt and rosemary.

Drape paper towels over the top of the crock pot and then place the lid on. This should capture any moisture that would sit on the lid and prevent it from dripping back onto your bread.

Cook the bread for 2 hours, and remove from the crock pot. It will most likely still be a bit pale on the outside. It tastes great this way, but I like to put mine on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put it under the broiler for a quick 3 - 5 minutes to get a crunchier, darker crust.

Let cool before slicing. Serve with extra olive oil drizzled on top.



Notes



To line the crock pot with parchment paper, tear off a long piece and place it in the crock pot in a U-shape, and then take another piece and do the same perpendicular to the first piece, so four sides come to the top of the crock pot in different directions and the majority of the inside of the pot is covered with parchment paper.

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