I try a lot of recipes from this site, but very seldom do I feel inclined to comment. With a few minor adjustments, this recipe is definitely 5 stars! First of all, this makes 2 small loaves. I suggest doing the recipe as stated, but using the entire dough ball to make one beautiful loaf. Ok now for the recipe changes: I used fresh, minced rosemary and oregano from my garden. This makes a HUGE difference in taste. I used 2 tbsp rosemary, 1 tsp oregano, and 1 tsp garlic powder (all in the dough, none on top). I also used about 1/2 cup less flour and knead the heck out of it! I mean for 15 minutes or so. I suggest looking up videos on how to shape a bread round b/c without the proper technique and tight ball, it will be flat. Right before baking, mix 1 egg WHITE with 1 tbsp of water. Make 3 slits on top of the bread, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with salt. Immediately when you put the bread in the oven, you need to create steam. I tossed in 1/4 cup of water on the bottom of my oven. Bake for 20 minutes and DON'T open the door! At 20 mins, open the oven, brush with egg wash again and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Turn it around and bake for an additional 20 minutes. With these changes, you will have a bakery worthy, crusty, beautiful loaf of bread.
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I try a lot of recipes from this site, but very seldom do I feel inclined to comment. With a...