Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Onion Oregano French Bread and A Tile

This is a one of those posts where food and art collide. They're a match made in heaven if you ask me :)

Here is the bread:  Onion Oregano French Bread.  The recipe follows, and it's simply delicious!

Onion Oregano French Bread Recipe



And here is the tile: What a thoughtful hostess gift this would make if you're invited to a dinner party and don't want to bring that same old boring bottle of wine!  Here's an idea for you, make the bread, bring the trivet and you'll be the total hit of the party!! Not to mention, you'll be on everyone's guest list for all the upcoming social events of the season!  No, seriously!  LOL


ONION OREGANO FRENCH BREAD      {PRINT THIS RECIPE}

5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup crushed French fried onions
3 tablespoons dried, minced onions
2 packages active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 cups warm water (120-130 degrees)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal (optional)

-In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 4 cups of flour, onions, yeast, sugar, salt and oregano.
-Add the 2 cups warm water and olive oil to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
-Add in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
-Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.
-Place your dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
-After the first rise, punch the dough down and divide in half.  Roll each portion into a 14x6 inch rectangle.
-Roll the dough, jelly-roll style, starting with the long side.
-Place each dough, seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet that has been sprinkled with a light dusting of cornmeal.
-Take a moment to reshape your dough, if needed, making sure it looks nice and pretty.
-Allow your loaves to rise one last time for approximately 1 additional hour.
-About half way through this rise, remove your dough and gently make some cross cuts into the top with a sharp paring knife (if desired) and replace your dough back into the warmed oven for the last half hour of rise time.
-Right before baking, mix the egg white and 1 tablespoon water thoroughly and brush the tops of your loaves. 
-Bake your loaves in a preheated 375 degree oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and they sound hallow when tapped with your finger.







*Special note: I like to warm my oven at 200 degrees for a few minutes, then cool it down about 5 minutes. I then add my covered dough into the warmed oven (make sure the heat is turned off) and allow to rise.




 

 

 



Allow to cool as long as you wish or dive right in when you are at your breaking point and can wait no longer!  Break out the butter but don't say I didn't warn you!!! This bread is goooooooood!!!

I served mine with sliced, cooked bratwurst topped sauerkraut for last night's dinner (I know, I know...not French at all) and the additional loaf I'll be using for panini sandwiches later in the week....LOL

Come to think of it, maybe I should come up with a new name for this bread. How about "European Onion Oregano Bread"?  Yep, that's the ticket!

Just look at that crumb!!!! Makes me want to cry it's so pretty :)


But wait and dry your eyes, maybe you should hold off until your waiter can serve you...
 




 
There there now, that's better!  Please enjoy the recipe and I hope you enjoyed being waited on by Maurice as well.  Bon Appetit!    
 
For information on ordering my custom painted tiles in any design you have in mind, please email me for a quote.
 
Until we bake again,


16 comments:

  1. Oh, my goodness, this looks and sounds SOOO good! I can't wait to try it. Thank your for the recipe Renee!

    p.d. Maurice is adorable!

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  2. Love how you wrote up this post and included your tile! Your bread recipes have NEVER failed me yet and I'm very anxious to try this one. It does look delicious and the texture looks amazing. Thanks so much for being so generous to share the recipe. I just know it's another keeper from you.

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  3. Love the loaves & the tile! I am not sure why I never think to make baguettes when I make bread on the weekends. I definitely need a kick in the seat!
    Oh - and make the goat cheese cake :-)

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  4. I am a little intimidated by bread, but this looks VERY good. I painted on a cookie last night. ALWAYS makes me think of you!

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  5. That is soo cute! So do you have an Etsy shop to order tiles?

    I think there are a lot of blogs that would LOVE to have their button on a tile...Great idea!

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  6. Thank you all for the lovely comments. I really do hope you'll try this bread because it's one of the best I've made. My husband and son are still talking about how good it is. We finished off the second loaf last night :) I'm sure it will freeze beautifully too.

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  7. Hi Michell @ Girl In Air :
    I really appreciate the time you took to look at my site. Thank you.
    Due to the individualized nature of my blog tiles, I take orders via emails only. What I ask people to do is email me a picture of the design they'd like recreated on a tile, or I can design one for you via your descriptions and ideas. I do not at this time have an etsy store for blog tiles but I do however have a few generic designs on artfire.com Frames and boxes are also something new I'm offering for my tiles so they really do make wondeful and totally unique items. Thanks again for taking the time to look and comment :) Also, please tell your friends about me and my tiles. I'd be ever so grateful!
    My email address is:
    info@kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

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  8. Your bread is a work of art! I love how much it rose!

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  9. We have a le Bus bakery near my work and I have been indulging WAY too much on carbs....but my goodness your post makes me want to try making bread again :) Great job and gorgeous tiles. Hey-maybe you can get "permission" to make a tile with the FF artwork ? Folks would LOVE that ----

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  10. wow, this looks so good. I need to get into bread making more, I love freshly made bread, isn't it the best?!!
    Have a lovely Mother's Day.

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  11. Ciao Renee ! Your loaves really smell nice even from here ! I'm sorry to be so far !

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  12. There is nothing quite as good as homemade bread.Your presentation is great!

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  13. Yummm...I bet these loaves tasted heavenly while they were baking! And I so totally like the speckles of oregano in it. Thanks also for the bread and tile tutorials, Maurice is just adorable. I'd invite you to a social evening anytime!

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  14. So lovely to see such wonderful comments. I know you'll love this bread as much as we did! It only takes a little time because of the risings but the effort is minimum as far as the effort! Good pay off!

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  15. Beautiful bread AND tile!!! You are so darn talented!!!

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  16. So cute! The tile is awesome and the bread sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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Take care and have a lovely day!
Renee
Kudos Kitchen By Renee

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