Easy Like Sunday Morning | Rosemary, Walnut and Sea Salt Bread

I really, really love bread. I think I’d prefer a crusty loaf of sourdough than a piece of chocolate cake if I had to choose. Put it this way, if I was stuck on a deserted island and could only bring five things with me, it would be a pen, a Moleskine notebook, my toothbrush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a loaf of bread. I know those five things aren’t very practical, but seriously, I freaking heart bread (oh and JGL).

It’s a food I eat every single day. I know all you Atkins dieters out there hate me, but it’s true. It might be as simple as a piece of wholemeal toast lathered with jam or peanut butter or both at breakfast time; and for lunch, maybe a toasted focaccia filled with yummy things like roasted pumpkin, spinach and fetta or even just a light rye roll to accompany a salad of sorts. I. Just. Love. Bread.

No one ever really thinks of making bread at home because it seems like such a bother especially when it’s so easy to go to the store/bakery and pick up a few loaves for only a few dollars. We’re all pretty time poor these days and really, making bread can be time consuming, especially with all that kneading and proving. I know you’re shuddering from even thinking about making bread from scratch, but, it’s not that difficult nor such a time suck as you’d think. I’ve got a recipe for “no-knead, mixer does all the work” bread. It’s so easy and you can flavour your bread however you wish! They are so, so, so good freshly baked and warm from the oven. Crusty exterior and soft in the middle, it’s a really delicious bread recipe you should try :)

Happy bread baking!

Rosemary, Walnut and Sea Salt Bread

Makes 8 to 10 rolls. Must be eaten on the day they are made!

500g plain flour (or use wholemeal or rye flour, or a combination)

350ml water

1 teaspoon of instant yeast

1 teaspoon of salt

80g walnuts, chopped

3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped

sea salt, to sprinkle

olive oil, to brush

1. In the bowl of a freestanding mixer, add all the ingredients except the olive oil of course!

2. Using your paddle attachment, mix until the dough comes together in a ball. This takes about 20 seconds.

3. Change to the hook attachment and mix for 10 minutes on low to medium speed.

4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a teatowel and allow to prove for about 3 hours or until it’s doubled in size. You can also leave it overnight in the fridge.

5. Preheat the oven to 230C. Line a baking tray with non stick baking paper and place this inside the oven as it warms up.

6. On a floured surface, lightly knead the dough so that it comes together. When I mean “knead”, I mean “squish it together” (it’s an easy no-knead recipe, remember?). Cut into small sections and roll into balls.

7. Carefully removing the hot tray from the oven, place the dough balls on the tray, allowing space around them. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. You can use water if you wish instead. If I am making “regular bread”, I like to use a spray pump (like you see at the hairdressers) and squirt the water on the bread instead.

8. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 180C and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Aw, those bread rolls are as pretty as bread rolls can be. Love.

Yummy… this looks SO good. I should not be viewing this before breakfast. You almost have me convinced that it’s easy to make. :)

Yum! Those look great. I love rosemary in bread :)

I am totally with you on loving bread. And JGL! :D

T from DC

Oh, I’ve got a crush on JGL too. But you can have him and I’ll be on the adjacent island with Keanu Reeves.

I think I could get my husband to eat walnuts if I made this bread!

Vicki

The recipe and photo looks delish! I love rosemary rolls, so much so that I always buy a couple of rolls at the Ferry Building in SF.

how interesting! walnuts and rosemary paired together in a bread! Sounds wonderful! :)

My husband and I are like you in that we adore bread! My favorite food is bread and butter, and my husband can’t eat a meal without bread.

Bread making and baking takes time, but for me, it’s so worth it! I love kneading and feeling the dough, and there’s nothing better than the aroma of fresh bread! And the smell of rosemary…*sigh*…just amazing! :) Lovely pictures by the way! :)

You and I are on the same wavelength. I literally cannot live without bread. I remember a few years ago, I thought I’d give up bread to ‘get healthier’ but after I started having dreams about having a piece of toast, I realized that life was just too short. I pretty much eat bread every day and could probably eat just bread for the rest of my life. This is beautiful!

Oh my goodness does this ever look delicious! I love rosemary, I grow it in my garden every year, and the sea salt + walnuts? well this is a must try recipe for me!
Your photography is so beautiful and inspiring, such a lovely blog you have.
Natasha xo

this looks absolutely incredible. i’m also a huuuuge lover of breads, so i cannot wait to try this one out!

love your photographs. they are wonderful. walnut and rosemary bread is something I never see in bakeries and would love to have the opportunity to try some. I guess I’ll just have to make it myself. Thank you for the recipe

i heart bread as well! im definitely gonna make these once finals are over. thanks!

Taylor

this recipe is absolutely wonderful. really great for a rainy day.

Hey there! This recipe just popped up to me on StumbleUpon the other day (Somebody linked you!), and I had to tell you: I’d never made bread before, nor has anybody in my family, but I became vegan about a year ago, and I haven’t had any artisan breads since then…. and this recipe just looked too good to be true. (Rosemary, walnuts and sea salt, oh my.)

So… they just came out of the oven. :) And I have to say on behalf of myself and everyone in my family: they are amazing! I am bookmarking this page, and will be returning to make more! :)

Thank you so much for your fantastic recipe and gorgeous pictures. <3 Keep posting beautiful things!

Hey Linda,
That looks like a lovely bread!I really like this amazing combo of rosemary and walnut and sea-salt – interesting!

I’m hosting an event on Bread by the way.Why don’t you drop in sometime and take a look and maybe even link up:)

Cheers,
Wit,wok&wisdom

This is a gorgeous bread Linda. I recently had a rosemary bread at Brasserie Bread and was looking for a good recipe .. glad to have found yours!

This bread looks gorgeous, as does everything else on your wonderful site… really enjoying my stay here at Toasty Biscuit! ^__^

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