Cranberry, Rosemary and Salt Bread

A moist fruity loaf with a sea salt encrusted top, excellent with cheeses, cold cuts, soups and stews. Baking the bread in a Le Creuset Signature Round Casserole gives it a unique shape, with the heat retention properties of the cast iron aiding the speed and evenness of the baking.

RECIPE INFO

Serves 6-8

Preparation Time
min

Cook time
min

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Cook's NoteIf substituting dried rosemary for fresh reduce the quantity to 1 tablespoon. Dried herbs can lose some of their flvour when old, so adjust the quantity accordingly.
Entertainer's TipSea salt is brilliant with a flaky appearance. The salt is famed for its purity and delivery more flavour than most other salts.
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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + extra to grease the casserole
  • 750g  strong white flour + extra todust the casserole and for kneading
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt- crushed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 sachet (7g) instant fast acting dried yeast
  • 375ml (1 ½ cups) very hot water
  • 125ml ( ½ cup) milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 70g semi dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt for the topping

METHOD

Grease the casserole with a little oil and dust lightly with some of the extra flour. (NB: the lid is not required for this recipe)

Sieve the flour into a large warm bowl and stir in the yeast, black pepper and the 2 teaspoons of crushed sea salt.

Put 375ml (1 ½ cups) very hot water into a jug and add the cold milk and the olive oil to it. ( This will give you the correct temperature for mixing).

Stir the cranberries and rosemary into the dry ingredients then gradually stir in the liquid. The dough should be slightly wet, but not sticky- if it seems a little dry add a little more milk.

Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface, knead gently for 1-2 minutes until smooth and roll into a ball.

Transfer the dough ball to the casserole with any seams or folds tucked underneath. Brush the top with a little olive oil. Cover loosely with oiled cling film wrap and leave in a warm place to rise. The dough should be well risen and just over the rim when it is ready to bake. This will take between 40 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove the cling film and sprinkle the sea salt over the top of the dough before baking in the centre of the oven for 35-40 minutes until risen and golden brown. Cool in the dish for 5 minutes before turning out.