I had the opportunity to meet Vickie Sebastiani when traveling to the heart of wine country in Sonoma, California. We sat and talked over a glass of wine in my favorite winery in all of Sonoma…Viansa. I later found this recipe of hers in Holiday Cooking and added our Spice Chicks twist. Beautiful for your holiday celebration, baked in the Tuscan country-style way. Here we go and thank you Vickie!
1 package of active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
5 3/4 to 6 1/4 bread flour or all purpose flour
1 tablespoon Spice Chicks, Rosemary without the Baby
2 teaspoons Spice Chicks, Arm Candy Oregano
2 teaspoons Spice Chicks, Never Enough Thyme, crushed
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg, beaten
The yeast in warm water in a small bowl: let stand for 5 minutes.
2/12 cups of the flour, the herbs, and the 2 teaspoons of kosher slat in a large mixing bowl. Stir the yeast mixture again and add it to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. With mixer on medium speed, drizzle in the oil and continue beating for 3 minutes. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can with a wooden spoon.
Dough out onto a floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes). Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover the dough; let rise in a warm place till double in size (45 yo 60 minubets).
Oven to 400 degrees. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, and shape into balls. place the dough balls on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise again in a warm place till nearly double in size (about 45 minutes).
Rolls with the beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with additional kosher salt. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or till golden. Immediately remove rolls from baking sheet; serve warm. Makes 16 rolls.
These rolls may be made ahead and frozen. To reheat, wrap in foil and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes, or until warm.