Kicking off 2013 with Rosemary Olive Oil Bread for #TwelveLoaves


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.


Rosemary Olive Oil Bread for #TwelveLoaves
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You can make rolls or a loaf with this recipe, or both.
Recipe type: Quick Bread

  • 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

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and get your stand mixer ready, fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. 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.
  3. On low speed, add the ½ cup melted butter, eggs, olive oil and rosemary.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. On a flat surface dusted with flour, knead the dough just a few times, and flatten out.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.




Twelve Loaves


#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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23 Responses to "Kicking off 2013 with Rosemary Olive Oil Bread for #TwelveLoaves"

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  1. Rossella

    January 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Happy New Year to you. Twelve Loaves is really a great international initiative. I love to be part of it. Your clean slate bread is very inviting.

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Thank you, Rossella!! :) Happy New Year!

  2. girl in a food frenzy

    January 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful loaves and a wonderful way to,I h off the new year. Breaking bread never looked sooooo great nor tasted so moreish I’m sure. Happy wishes to you all for 2013 :)

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you, Alice!! :) Happy New Year to you too! :) Can’t wait to see what culinary masterpieces you have in store! :)

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    January 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Isn´t olive oil and rosemary a super combination for bread? Beautiful rolls to start the year Alice! It´s so great to be baking with you; I am looking forward to this year´s recipes!

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you, Paula! Yes, this is my absolute favorite bread. . I love rosemary. . I also look forward to YOUR wonderful, beautiful recipes for 2013! :)

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  6. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious

    January 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Rosemary bread is my favorite! I am putting this into the bread machine to mix and knead it for me, right now. Inspiring!

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  8. Deb @ knitstamatic

    January 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Oh yea, I too love rosemary and olive oil breads. I am definitely making these rolls.

  9. Liz

    January 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    The texture of your rolls looks phenomenal!!! I must try them!!!

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you, Liz! I think it’s the bread flour. . :)

  10. Holly

    January 1, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I can’t choose between the rolls or the loaf as to which to make first. Simply beautiful and I love the combination of rosemary and olive oil.

    • hipfoodiemom

      January 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Holly! :)

  11. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    January 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Alice – OMG your bread looks phenomenal! Like something I’d buy in a professional bakery. And you know I love rosemary…and carbs…so I could totally eat all of this by myself. I can’t believe 2012 passed so quickly either. Sigh, time’s a-ticking, but like the Husband always reminds me, there are so many wonderful things to look forward to. I love your culinary bucket list (been thinking of compiling mine too) and I know you’re going to achieve all the goals you’ve set for yourself. Happy New Year, lady!

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  13. Brandi @

    January 2, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Omg Alice, I’m seriously dying at those pics!! That bread looks gorgeous and I bet tasted out of this world good!! It looks so soft. Yum! I love all your goals you’ve set for yourself. So inspiring! I love how much you involve yourself too. Happy new year!!

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  16. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    January 7, 2013 at 1:45 am

    These look fantastic. I love rosemary in my bread! I’m pinning this one to make really soon – and your photos are lovely :-)

  17. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    January 9, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Wow, these are some ultra fluffy rolls. I wouldn’t mind sinking my teeth into one. Yum!

  18. Lucia

    January 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Your bread, of the one part, remember me italian rosemary pizza!!! delicious 😉


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