The scents of summer in the south of Frace wrapped up into my Herbes de Provence rustic bread recipe. Perfect for a cold rainy day with a hot cup of tea and a book.
Lavender, the perfect souvenir of languid, lingering days, and the key ingredient of Herbs De Provence, a delicious mix of sunshine and savory. It reminds me of Saturday morning markets in Uzes, fresh blackberries, ripe olives, rosemary, and buttery Pain du Chocolate.
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tbs yeast
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs cracked black pepper
- 1 and 1/2 cups water
- 1 tbs herbs de Provence
- Lightly grease a bowl with olive oil. Mix flour, yeast, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add water and stir thoroughly. The dough will be very wet, don't worry.
- Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 4 hours (can be left overnight.)
- Place the dutch oven inside your cool oven (you don't need the lid.)
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Lightly flour a piece of parchment paper on the counter. Turn your bowl over and let the dough plop onto the parchment paper. Fold it a few times to loosely shape it into a ball. Let it rest while the oven preheats.
- When the oven is at temperature, remove the pot from the oven with gloves. (Caution the dutch oven is VERY HOT.) Use parchment paper to drop dough into the pot.
- Cover and place back into the hot oven. Bake for 40 minutes.
Special thanks to Scatter Day Cafe for teaching me to bake my own bread.
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