This is a rich, flat bread that you break apart with your hands when the dish
is passed to you, buttery with garlic and herbs and kinda sweet. IT GOES FAST!
A rich, lightly sweetened egg and milk yeast dough, rolled out and covered with
herbs and garlic, and folded over into and irregular half-moon shape, this primitive
bread is PURE HEAVEN!
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup milk, scalded and cooled to room temperature
2 packages dry yeast
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
3 large egg yolks
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons
finely chopped fresh herbs*
5 cloves garlic, peeled and put
through a garlic press or finely chopped
Pam cooking spray or additional oil
1 large egg white, lightly beaten (optional)
* rosemary, basil, savory and parsley (or 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons dried basil, thyme
In a small bowl, stir 2 teaspoons sugar into the warm milk and sprinkle
yeast over the top; let stand until foamy (5 to 10 minutes).
In a food processor, put remaining 1/4 cup sugar, flour, salt and butter
and pulse until combined. Add the yeast mixture and egg yolks; process until
mixed well, 20 to 30 seconds. Put dough into a large bowl and cover tightly
with plastic wrap; put in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Roll the dough into a this, large irregular circle (or 3 to 3 smaller circles).
Spread the soft butter over the dough and sprinkle with herbs and garlic. Fold
the dough in half and roll up the edges to seal. Spray a large cookie sheet
with cooking spray (of lightly with oil) and place dough on it. Cover with a
clean cloth and let rise until not quite doubled (about 45 to 55 minutes - preheating
oven to 350 degrees F after 30 minutes).
Brush bread with beaten egg white for a shiny top and bake until golden
(40 minutes for large, 25 to 30 for smaller), and serve warm.