This bread was DELICIOUS! My husband ate half the loaf when he got home from work. It smelled great baking in the oven. Using a bread machine for me is cheating, so I made it by hand. I dissolved the sugar into the warm water (110-115 F) and added the yeast to that and let it sit for 5 minutes until it was foamy. Then, I added the salt, only HALF the oregano and olive oil and mixed well. I skipped the lecithin, didn't have it. Then I added the flour a cup at a time. I taught myself how to bake bread by hand, and I'm pretty good at it now. A tip...never add ALL of the flour at once. You may not even use the entire amount. Humidity and many other factors can change how much flour you end up needing! Mix in a cup at a time until its incorporated and you have a very sticky dough. Then, turn out onto a well-floured surface (I use a cutting board to minimize mess) cover with more flour and knead, adding more flour a little at a time until it is no longer sticky. Knead the flour in. It will take a while, but you have to do it until it is smooth textured and elastic (it pulls and stretches, doesn't come apart). Then, I let it sit in an oven that was turned on for about 30 seconds, and let it rise for 1 to 1-1/2 hours in the oven. I followed the recipe after that step. I added garlic powder and cracked pepper to the olive oil before baking. It turned out beautiful and perfect. A crispier crust, and a nice, fluffy interior. Definitely will be making it again!
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This bread was DELICIOUS! My husband ate half the loaf when he got home from work. It smelled...