Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Butterflake Herb Loaf

Are you having corn beef and cabbage this week? We will be having it on Saturday. Since it is on sale this week, I always buy two of the corn beef and freeze one. It freezes very well. I guess that means we will be having Turkey soon since I will need to make room in the freezer.
 My husband never had corn beef and cabbage before he married me. His family didn't have any special Irish meal on Saint Patrick's Day. I will also be making this bread. My husband loved this bread. He said it was awesome and would have it every day.  My son agreed since he ate the remaining bread for breakfast the next day. This recipe makes 2 loafs. It looks complicated but it really isn't hard. The filling can be changed up. Maybe this weekend I'll add some Irish cheddar, doesn't that sound good?
Butterflake Herb Loaf
1 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 tsp instant dry yeast
4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp whole white all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp rosemary
1 1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry basil

  1. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a small pan, bring the milk to a simmer.
  3. In a mixing bowl, pour the milk over the butter.
  4. Add the sugar and salt. Allow the mixture to cool to lukewarm.
  5. When the temperature is around 110 degrees F, add the eggs, yeast, and 3 1/2 cups of flour. Begin to mix the dough.
  6. After mixing for 3 minutes, begin to add the remaining flour until the dough is soft and smooth. The dough should not be sticky. 
  7. Cover the dough and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  8. While the dough is rising, combine the softened butter with the herbs in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  9. After the dough has risen, roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  10. Use a circle biscuit cutter (circular cookie cutter or glass) cut out circles from the dough.
  11. With each circle, butter one side with the herb butter. 
  12. Fold the circle in half. and place the folded circle dough into the greased loaf pan vertically. Any scraps place on top of the loaf.
  13. Cover the pan and allow to rise for another hour. 
  14. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  15. Place the loaf pan uncovered in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  16. If the loaf becomes to brown on top, cover with foil or parchment paper.
  17. Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur

Did you already know.......
-In 390, Saint Patrick was born in Britain. He was not Irish.
-When he was 16 years old, Saint Patrick was kidnapped.
-Saint Patrick was a slave in Ireland for seven years before escaping and returning to Britain.
-Saint Patrick became a priest and returned to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.

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