Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Macaroni Grill Bread

Did you realize that Father's Day is this Sunday? Are you doing anything special with your Father? Do you take him golfing or fishing? Do you buy him a gift? I am unable to see my Dad this Sunday. It is so sad. It's sad because he has decided to visit England for the next two weeks with my oldest daughter. Instead, I will spend Father's Day with my husband and his Dad. It will be fun.
One of the things my husband likes is homemade bread. He tends to have his favorite but he is willing to try other ones. I made this copy cat recipe and he loved it. The best thing about this recipe would be it yields two loaves. We had half a loaf left the next day so my daughter made BLT sandwiches after toasting a few slices. I will say it was the best BLT sandwich I have ever had. I have eaten at Macaroni Grill but it has been awhile so I can not say if it taste like the restaurants but it is so good.
Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread
1 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp dried rosemary, chopped
2 Tbsp butter, melted
coarse salt for sprinkling on top

  1. Directions:
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large cup, combine the yeast, sugar, and water. Allow the yeast to proof for five minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the salt, 1 Tbsp rosemary, and 3 cups of flour.
  5. Add the yeast to the flour mixture and mix. 
  6. Slowly, add the remaining flour to the mixture until the dough is slightly tacky and holds it shape. The dough should be soft and smooth.
  7. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for about 1 to 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
  8. Punch down the dough and divide in half.
  9. Shape the loaves into two smooth, ovals and place one on each end of the baking sheet.
  10. Brush on the melted butter on top of each loaf.
  11. Sprinkle the tops of the loaves with the remaining rosemary.
  12. cover the loaves with lightly greased plastic wrap and allow to double in size again about 1 hour.
  13. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  14. Sprinkle each loaf with the coarse salt.
  15. Bake the loaves for 18 minutes or until browned. the loaves need to be baked through. 
  16. Transfer the loaves to a wire rack to cool.
Recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.
Did you already know...
-Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurants were founded by Philip Romano.
-The first restaurant was opened in 1988 in Leon Springs, Texas.
-There are over 200 restaurants world wide.

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