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Rosemary-Olive Oil Boule

From the February 2009 issue of Cuisine at home

Makes: 1 boule

Total Time: 4 1/2 hours + cooling

1⁄4 cups bread flour3⁄4 cup room-temperature water (70°–90°)1⁄4 tsp. room-temperature active dry or instant yeast2 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary1⁄2 tsp. table salt1⁄2 tsp. room-temperature active dry or instant yeast1⁄4 cup room-temperature water (70°–90°)1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
FOR THE POOLISH STARTER—
1⁄4 cups bread flour
3⁄4 cup room-temperature water (70°–90°)
1⁄4 tsp. room-temperature active dry or instant yeast
FOR THE DOUGH—
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1⁄2 tsp. table salt
1⁄2 tsp. room-temperature active dry or instant yeast
1⁄4 cup room-temperature water (70°–90°)
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Nutrition Information
Per slice: 119 cal; 4g total fat (1g sat); 0mg chol; 218mg sodium; 19g total carbs (1g sugars); 1g fiber; 3g protein

0Combine bread flour, water, and yeast (rehydrated with 1 Tbsp. water from the 3/4 cup) for the poolish starter in a measuring cup or bowl until the mixture looks like lumpy pancake batter. Cover poolish with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 3–4 hours. Surface will be bubbly. Refrigerate poolish overnight, then let poolish come to room temperature (about 1 hour) before using it in bread dough.

1Whisk together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, rosemary, and salt for the dough in a large bowl. Add yeast (rehydrated with 1 Tbsp. water from the 1/4 cup). Stir remaining water into poolish starter. (It will be very thin.) Using a wooden spoon, stir poolish and olive oil into flour mixture until blended. (Dough will be very wet.) Scrape dough onto well-floured surface and turn with bench knife, adding more flour (from remaining 1/2 cup) sparingly, just until dough can be worked with hands. Turn a bowl upside down over dough and let dough rest for 10–15 minutes to develop gluten.

2Knead dough until smooth but still slightly sticky. (Do not add more flour to work surface; if needed, flour hands.) Knead 10–15 minutes more by hand (or 8 minutes by stand mixer on medium speed with a dough hook), or until dough passes "window pane" test (see photo, Issue 73, page 20).

3Place dough in an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover dough with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Degas dough slightly by tri-folding and flipping it over in the bowl; cover dough again and let it rise for 1 more hour.

4Shape dough into boule (see photos 1 & 2, Issue 73, page 24). Transfer to a banneton (see Issue 73, page 24) or parchment-lined inverted baking sheet. Cover boule with plastic wrap coated with nonstick spray and let rise 1 hour.

5Preheat oven to 475°, with baking stone (or another inverted baking sheet) placed on middle rack. If using banneton, flip boule onto back of cool parchment-lined baking sheet so seam is on the bottom. Slash boule 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep several times across top in design of choice, using a straight-edge razor or serrated knife.

6Mist boule heavily with hot water. Immediately slide boule and parchment onto preheated baking stone (or hot inverted baking sheet). Mist inside of oven with 10 sprays of water; close oven door. Wait 30 seconds and repeat. Reduce heat to 450° and bake boule 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 425°; bake boule an additional 10 minutes. Finally, reduce heat to 375° and bake boule 20 more minutes. Remove boule from oven; cool bread on rack 45 minutes.

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