Friday, July 25, 2014

Rosemary Breads -- Mine and the Bread Baking Babes

For some reason, July was the month of Rosemary Breads.  

Because I have viable sourdough starter around, I was able to make one of my most favorite breads -- Sourdough Rosemary Raisin Bread.  I haven't made this in several years, so I was really looking forward to the end result.  I was not disappointed!  It's as delicious as I remember it.  Clearly, there will be more loaves in my future, if only to preserve my happy starter.

Cathy, one of the Bread Baking Babes, must have been on the same wavelength, for when this month's challenge bread was unveiled, it turned out to be Panmarino, an Italian rosemary bread.  Well, I just couldn't let that opportunity pass me by, especially comparing two breads.

Panmarino is another tasty bread.  I would probably change the mixing instructions just a bit, for my dough was swimming in olive oil at the end of the process.  The salt level, cause for some concern, was just fine, and not particularly noticeable in the finished product.  Another change would be substituting whole wheat flour for some of the bread flour.  My sourdough version does contain whole wheat flour, and it adds a nice nutty quality to the flavor.

All in all, a successful month for bread baking.

For the Panmarino recipe and links to the Babes and their Buddies, go to Cathy's website and check it all out.