Bread Machine Recipes




Shepherd's Loaf
Ingredients:


Cooking Directions:
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1 1/4 cup water
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon salt - (to 2 tspns) -- or to taste
2 teaspoon active dry yeast

Place the ingredients in the bread pan in the order recommended by your
machine's manufacturer. Process on the quick bread cycle.

This recipe yields a 1 1/2 pound loaf.

Comments: This is a light, open-textured, simple bread and it doesn't
keep very well -- considering that Basque Shepherds from Northern Spain
-- prepared the dough each morning for the evening meal. The shepherd
would place the dough in a special iron pot and bury it in the coals of
his campfire in the morning. On his return from tending his flock the pot
of bread would be ready. The top of the bread would then be slashed to
form a cross before the evening meal -- and the first piece was always
given to the herder's sheepdog.




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