Wow. I can’t believe it is 2013.
2012 went by so fast. . the last half of the year was a blur. . but a fantastic one! Rather than spending a lot of time reflecting on the past year, I’ll spend this post looking forward and looking ahead . . . to 2013.
In the kitchen, I am going to compile a culinary bucket list. . recipes that I want to challenge myself with and commit myself to making or baking this year. At home, I am going to devote spending more time with my girls and more time looking at the things my husband does that I love :). And for myself, I am going to eat healthier, take my vitamins and go on more walks. Does this mean no more sweet treats? Uh, that would be a NO. Cookies, cakes, brownies, doughnuts, a.k.a. sweet treats in moderation are okay in my book.
For Hip Foodie Mom, I am going to focus more on simplicity during the week. I’ll be whipping out my new slow cooker soon and will be posting more quick meal recipes, Meatless Monday recipes, Korean food recipes (because you seem to like them), Asian food dishes and – for the most part, will save the more time intensive recipes for the weekends.
Hip Foodie Mom has been really fun for me. . I actually started this blog about a year ago and have enjoyed every moment. Not only have I met some great fellow foodie friends but I have also expanded my cooking repertoire, met some chefs, met one of my favorite celebrity Food Network Star Chefs, took some cooking classes, partnered with some awesome companies for giveaways. . and joined some GREAT baking groups!
Well, it’s 2013 and I’ve joined another fabulous baking group: Twelve Loaves. We’ll be baking a different type of bread every month. . so come check us out, yo. Twelve Loaves for January is all about simplicity and a clean slate. . so I baked a quick bread and rolls. Who says you need a bread maker to make delicious homemade bread? And who says you have to wait 2-3 hours for the bread to rise? Not with this recipe.
This recipe was adapted from my Rapid Dinner Rolls recipe/post. And because Rosemary Olive Oil bread is my absolute favorite in the world!!! I wanted to make these to kick off the New Year.
HELLO 2013. I can’t believe you’re here. You better be good to me. Cheers and let’s get down on some bread!
I hope you enjoy.
- 3 (.25-ounce) packets active dry yeast OR if you have a jar of yeast, 3 (2¼ teaspoons)
- 1¾ cups warm water
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup melted butter, plus more for brushing on top
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary; finely chopped in a food processor + more for sprinkling on top if desired
- 4 to 6 cups bread flour, plus more if needed while kneading the dough
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and get your stand mixer ready, fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Combine the instant yeast with the warm water. Let it activate for 5 minutes until bubbly. Pour the yeast/water mixture into your mixing bowl. Stir in the honey.
- On low speed, add the ½ cup melted butter, eggs, olive oil and rosemary.
- Slowly add the flour cup-by-cup until fully incorporated and the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Add more flour if it is too sticky. Add the salt and mix a little more.
- Next, switch out the paddle for the dough hook attachment and mix just a few times. You basically just want to get the dough ready to knead and shape.
- On a flat surface dusted with flour, knead the dough just a few times, and flatten out.
- If making rolls, using a pastry or dough scraper, portion the dough into 24 even servings (or 12 if making half). Form the rolls into desired shape and place in a cast iron skillet, dutch oven or on a baking sheet spaced evenly apart. (if using the cast iron skillet, make sure you coat the skillet with cooking spray or vegetable oil before you place the rolls in the oven). If baking a loaf, place the dough into a loaf pan or round baking pan.
- Cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place (next to the oven works!) and allow to rise approximately 20 minutes (for the rolls) or up to one hour for the loaf, or until doubled in size. Brush the rolls or loaf with melted butter and sprinkle on some of the rosemary (optional) and bake for 25 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush with more melted butter if desired.
Recipe adapted from my Rapid Dinner Rolls.
#TwelveLoaves January: Clean Slate. Bake a bread, yeast or quick bread, loaf or individual. January #TwelveLoaves is all about a clean slate. After the holiday indulgences, we are starting the year with simplicity. Have fun baking with whole grains and other flours. Share with us your favorite basic bread recipes. Let’s get baking!
Take a look at all the other lovely TwelveLoaves breads for January!
Alabama Light Bread by Dorothy | Shockingly Delicious Basic White Bread by Renee | Magnolia Days Classic Oatmeal Bread by Liz | That Skinny Chick Can Bake Grandmom’s Dinner Rolls by Jennie from The Messy Baker Blog Italian Potato Bread by Rosella | Ma Che Ti Sei Mangiato Molasses Wheat Quick Bread by Deb | Knitstamatic Pandoro by Paula | Vintage Kitchen Rosemary Olive Oil Bread by Alice | Hip Foodie Mom Whole Wheat Pita Bread by Holly | A Baker’s House Whole Wheat Sea Salt Bagel by Lora | Cake Duchess Orange Date Nut Loaf by Katerina | Diethood
Just follow the rules, it’s as easy as pie:1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your Bread is inspired by the theme! 2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme. 3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this January, 2013 posted on your blog by January 31, 2013. Would you like to bake along with us? The #TwelveLoaves bread baking project was created by Lora at Cake Duchess; a monthly baking adventure created for the love of bread. Drop Lora a line to join in on this monthly bread baking fun! Follow @TwelveLoaves on Twitter and see what’s freshly baked for #TwelveLoaves on our growing Pinterest board.
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