Yesterday, I spent most of the day at home doing things around the house. All the time at home encouraged me to make some homemade bread. It really is not too much work as long as you are around and available to “punch down” and knead when needed. I took a little nap on the couch while the bread was in the oven and awoke to the most glorious of smells permeating the house… fresh baked bread with a hint of rosemary. It was aromatherapy for the soul!

The reason I say homemade bread is “not too much work” is thanks to the kitchen tool that has most changed my life in the past few years – my Kitchen Aid bread hook. There is nothing else that has brought so much ease to an otherwise sticky and messy process. For many of you, perhaps hand kneading the bread is half the fun. For me, I might do it once a year but usually do not feel like getting my hands and counter sticky and dirty and cranking on the bread dough for 10-15 minutes. Enter bread hook… flip the switch and leave the room for 10 minutes. Return and bread dough is ready for rising.

I am curious… to all you cooks and bakers out there… what is the kitchen tool that has most changed your life in the past year or two? Do tell…

Rosemary Walnut Bread
adapted from Cooking Light

2 cups warm 1% low fat milk (100-110 degrees)
1/4 cup warm water ( (100-110 degrees)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 packages dry yeast (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon 1 % low-fat milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add yeast and stir. Let stand 5 minutes. Add 2 cups flour to yeast mixture, stirring with a whisk. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees) free from drafts, 15 minutes.

Add 2 1/2 cups flour, walnuts, rosemary and 1 egg, stirring with a whisk. Knead dough until smooth and elastic (at least 10 min), adding enough of reamaining flour 1/4 cup at a time to prevent dough from sticking to hands. Place dough in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, turning to coat. Cover and let rise 1 hour in a warm place free from drafts for 1 hour or until doubled in size. (lightly pressing two fingers in dough, indentation should remain when dough has risen enough)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Punch dough down and turn onto floured surface. Divide dough in half and make two rounds or loaves. Sprinkle baking sheet or pizza stone with cornmeal and top with loaves. Cover and let stand 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Combine milk and beaten egg. Brush top of loaves. Make diagonal cuts across top of loaves with a knife for decoration if you wish. Place loaves in oven, reduce temperature to 375 degrees and bake 40 minutes or until bottom of each loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Let stand 20 minutes before slicing.

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20 Responses to “Rosemary Walnut Bread for a Perfect Lazy Sunday”

  1. Shirley Says:

    The kitchen tool that changed my life the most in 2007 was the Dutch oven. As an avid bread baker, I went wild over the NY Times No Knead Bread recipe. I now use the preheated Dutch oven trick to bake most of my breads – even my old standby sourdough bread. I now own four Dutch ovens – two round 2 quart Staubs, one round 4 quart Staub, and one oval 2.75 Le Creuset. I use the ovens for all of my cooking. They are heavy, but that is okay. I can use the muscle workout!

  2. Caroline Says:

    Shirley, I have been dying to get a Dutch oven! I wasn’t sure what I would make in it but I will have to contact you for the bread recipes when I am ready.

  3. Cakespy Says:

    There is nothing more gorgeous than the smell of rosemary bread baking. Just looking at your photo, I have instant smell memory. Mmm. I have a friend who swears by the dutch oven too!

  4. Liz Says:

    As a baker, the tool that has most changed my life is a kitchenaid mixer! I had always wanted one, but I had no idea how much it truly changes the way I bake. Now I want the bigger one.

  5. sponge cake bob Says:

    nice dough

  6. Eviedee Says:

    This may make me sound like a total geek but the internet is the kitchen tool that has best changed my life. It is a constant source of information and inspiration, and has certainly made me a better cook. For instance, I now know how to give my bread stunning color and shine, thanks “Whipped”!

  7. EB Says:

    I’m not a huge rosemary fan but your loaf looks so gorgeous I think I have to give it a try! Also, after coveting a dutch oven for years, I inherited two after a family member passed away– my kitchen has never been the same.


  8. aforkfulofspaghetti Says:

    Mmmm…. rosemary and walnuts… two of my favourite things. I’d love to have some of this bread with some goat cheese…

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  10. BakingFool Says:

    My Kanekichi Kinpira peeler is my one of the most used tools in my kitchen. I use it almost every day to grate radishes, carrots, red onions, cabbage, etc for salads, sush and fresh spring rolls, or to grate apples or pears for hot cereal, muffins and pancakes, etc. It’s user-friendly and easy to wash, a definite motivating factor for me. I hardly ever get out my julienne grater.

  11. Faux Wood Blinds Review Gal Says:

    We love our kitchen aid mixer as well. From the perfect pastry to bread making its always hard at work. Love your recipe for rosemary walnut bread.

  12. Kitchenaid Mixer Model ksm90pswh Says:

    i have to say,
    that rosemary bread looks absolutely delicious.
    i definitely know what you mean about a lazy sunday.

    this sundays just about over,
    but maybe next sunday i’ll have time.

    great post.

  13. itisoysustas Says:

    That Perfect Bread

  14. beccabee Says:

    If you have a minute to help troubleshoot. I have made this twice now, and is it just me or is the dough, when ready to be kneaded, is very very loose. It took much more that the remaining 1/2 cup of flour to get it smooth. The bread came out pretty good considering, but a little dense. I’ll keep experimenting. Thoghts?
    Many thanks

  15. liz mullin Says:

    I have just made this dough its rising in a warm oven now at about 85 degrees, it was loose dough and I was worried too, so I just added 1/2 cup flour which it kneeded on the hook then as I turned it after 5 minutes only of kneeding, into an oiled bowl I added a “dusting” more of flour so I could handle it and turn it over easily. I am hoping for a lighter textured dough, not dense bread. BTW this is my first time making bread sans the bread machine. I have been dying to get my hands into real dough.

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  17. Jim Says:

    I would have to agree with Shirley that a dutch oven can be a kitchen game changer, especially in baking bread. Jim Lahey’s method takes the persnickety out of bread baking.

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