This dough is not a prissy, frustrating dough. It turns out fabulous every time!
We mayyyy have poked a few too many holes, hehe. My daughter is recovering from her wisdom teeth surgery and we were feeling a little frustrated. 😜
1 package dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water, about 100 degrees
2 1/4 cups tepid water
2 Tbsp good quality olive oil, plus more for the pan and to paint on top of the bread
3 cups bread flour
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp salt, plus coarse salt (fleur de sel if you have it, otherwise Kosher salt) for sprinkling over the top
2-3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary (can use sage or other herbs such as thyme or oregano, but whatever herb you use, do use fresh herbs, do not use dried)
Proof the yeast! Add yeast and water, let sit for 20 mins. Add in olive oil and salt. Mix in 2 cups of the flour with rosemary. Add in rest of the flour, one cup at a time.
I use my Kitchen Aid, then after I plop the dough on the counter and hand knead even more.
Place in bowl, covering with olive oil all around the dough. Cover with a cloth and let rise about an hour. This dough does not need a second rise. Place dough on a sheet pan that you have either lined with parchment or a Silpat. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from pan and let cool on a rack. So good and inexpensive to make! Enjoy!