This bread could not have been easier to make but let's start with the mistakes I have made with this and in the past. On this one I should have given the outside an egg or butter wash to make more golden brown on the outside. (Not a horrible thing to forget but it would have looked prettier.) In other attempts at this my biggest mistake wash the wrong temp of water for the yeast. Too could and you get a seriously dense blob after cooking...(Not good.)
1½ cups warm water (Very important it should be baby bathwater warm for the yeast to be able to work.)
1 tablespoon honey (the sweet feeds the yeast.)
1 tablespoons Active Dry Yeast (one packet)
3½ - 4 cups all purpose flour
1½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon of Fresh Rosemary* (This is optional and you can add whatever herb you please.)
1. Combine the warm almost hot water, honey, and yeast in a glass bowl medium large bowl. Let sit for 5-10 mins. in a warm place until there's some foam stuff on the top. (I put mine on the dryer with a cloth over the bowl.)
2. Next, add a bunch of flour. (Roughly 3 sups) Then add salt and rosemary/herbs. Stir together and then start kneading until it is no longer sticky. You'll add at least a half cup if not more of the flour as you do this. You want your dough to be sticking to itself, not your fingers.
3. Form the dough into a loaf shape. Cover with a towel and let sit on the counter for 20 mins (or on top of the preheating oven/dryer if your kitchen is cold).
Speaking of preheating your oven...It should be set to 400 degrees.
4. After 20 mins. of resting, cut slits in the top of the dough and bake for 16-20 mins.
5. Variations on this could even be to make it with added garlic and oregano, or a sweet version cinnamon and raisins!