Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 Yeast - not instant

  2. 1 teaspoon 5ml Sugar

  3. 1 1/4 cups 296ml Warm water

  4. 2 3/4 cups 171g / 6oz Bread flour

  5. 6 tablespoons 90ml Olive oil

  6. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Salt

  7. 4 tablespoons 60ml Grated parmesan cheese

  8. 1/2 teaspoon 2 1/2ml Dried rosemary - crushed

  9. 1 tablespoon 15ml Cornmeal

  10. 1 teaspoon 5ml Salt - coarse

  11. Black pepper

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 3/4 cup warm water, about 110F. Set aside for 15 minutes until very foamy.

  2. Stir 1 cup flour into the yeast. Cover with plastic wrap and let this sponge proof in a warm place until tripled in volume and very bubbly, about 3 hours.

  3. Into the yeast mixture add the remaining 1/2 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon regular salt, Parmesan cheese and rosemary. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft and workable dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

  4. Oil a large bowl. Put the dough into the bowl, cover loosely and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.

  5. Sprinkle a baking sheet with the cornmeal. Divide the dough into 4 parts and roll each into a circle about 7 inches in diameter. Place on the baking sheet. Use the tips of your fingers to make dimples in the dough. Spoon a tablespoon of olive oil on each bread piece and sprinkle with the coarse salt and pepper.

  6. Bake in a preheated 475-degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


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