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Ham, Cheese, and Herb Baguette

 

This French style loaf can be made from start to finish in a little over an hour. It's a hearty loaf that is delicious sliced and lightly toasted and served with soups, stews, and salads, with a generous grinding of black pepper
15

Yield

8

servings

Prep

50

min

Cook

20

min

Ready

70

min

Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free
 

Ingredients

1 ½ tablespoons yeast, active dry
1 ½ cups water
warm
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
(approximately)
½ teaspoon salt
optional
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ cups ham
cubed, (or pork)
*
½ cup Parmesan cheese
freshly grated
2 teaspoons rosemary leaves
fresh, or 1 tsp crumbled dried
2 teaspoons thyme
fresh, chopped, or 1 tsp crumbled dried
*
2 teaspoons sage
fresh, or 1 tsp crumbled dried
*

Directions

Makes 2 loaves. Place the yeast in a large mixing bowl.

Mix in the warm water and honey and set aside in a warm spot for about 10 minutes, or until the yeast is dissolved and begins bubbling.

(If the yeast does not bubble it is probably dead. Begin again, using fresh yeast.)

Gradually sift the flour and salt into the yeast mixture, stirring constantly until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Sprinkle some flour over a working surface and gently knead.

Cut the dough in half and roll out one half into a rectangle (like a rectangular pizza) about 14 by 10 inches.

Brush the dough with 1½ tablespoons of the olive oil.

Scatter half the ham over the surface, pressing it gently into the dough.

Sprinkle half the cheese on top and scatter half the herbs and a generous grinding of fresh black pepper over the dough.

Using your hands, gently roll the dough lengthwise, into the shape of a long cigar.

Lightly seal the edges of the dough.

Place in a well-greased French bread pan (or on a well-greased cookie sheet) and cover with a clean tea towel.

Preheat the oven to 450℉ (230℃).

Make the second loaf.

Place the two loaves of bread in a dry warm spot and let the sit, covered, for 15 minutes.

Just before baking, lightly brush the loaves with the remaining 1tablespoon olive oil.

Place in the middle shelf of the hot oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bread has a golden brown crust and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Serves 8.

Makes 2 loaves.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 125g (4.4 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 32725% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 247mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Sugars g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 8% Iron 19%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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