flower pot bread

a fellow gardener and Midland resident gave me this recipe for flower-pot bread.  many years ago we used to visit Columbus Ohio on a regular basis, and often stopped at a restaurant that served this bread at the table with every meal. i used to make the bread recipe on my own, and then discovered this easy shortcut from my friend.

my flower-pot was purchased at a kitchen store many years ago, and it does not have a typical hole in the bottom of the clay pot.  these baking flower pots are available most everywhere now, and certainly online. the bread is delicious served in this way, with the slices turning out to be round.  it makes a nice presentation and guests will love that you baked in a flower-pot.

to make the recipe:

choose your favorite bread dough loaf.  remove from the freezer.  prepare the flower-pot with spray oil and dust with cornmeal.  thaw and roll the bread dough into a long rectangle.  sprinkle with dried herbs of choice. Frawley’s fine Herbary (www.frawleysfineherbary.com) sells many blends including ones just for bread making.  roll up the bread from the long side and then cut the loaf into thirds.  place each piece with the swirl side up into the flower-pot.

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allow the bread to rise over the top of the flower-pot.  bake the bread in a preheated oven at 375 degrees. bake 20 to 30 minutes based on accurate oven temperatures.  the bread should be browned nicely on top.  allow to cool and slice.  serve with herb butter or jam.

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