Flower pot with basil, rosemary and chives

This delicious basil, rosemary and chive flower pot recipe is not only delicious but visually stunning too! The scent of these herbs will fill your kitchen as you prepare this homemade bread. With its irresistible taste and unique presentation, it is a perfect gift for any occasion. Serve it with your loved ones, either as a delicious treat for yourself or to wow your guests. Master the art of bread baking and enjoy the savory flavors of basil, rosemary and chives. Prepare to impress!

Ingredients

  • 400 g malted grain black bread flour or wholemeal or cereal bread flour
  • 100g strong white bread flour
  • 7 g packet of Easy-Bake dry yeast (or 2 tsp quick dry yeast)
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 heaped tablespoon each chopped basil, rosemary and chopped chives
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Salt flakes

Preparation steps

  1. Mix the brown flour of your choice with the white flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add the butter and rub it into the flour. Stir in herbs.

  3. Dip into the center of the flour and, using a round-bladed knife, pour in almost 300ml of lukewarm (cool rather than hot) water.

  4. Then mix in enough of the remaining water, and a little more if necessary, to collect all the dry bits at the bottom of the bowl and the mixture becomes a soft, not too sticky dough. Gather it into a ball with your hands.

  5. Place the dough on a very lightly floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes until it feels smooth and elastic. If necessary, add just enough flour to prevent the dough from sticking.

  6. Place the dough ball on a lightly floured work surface. Cover with an inverted, clean, large glass bowl and let rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until doubled in volume and feeling light and springy. The timing depends on the warmth of the room.

  7. Knead the dough gently just 3-4 times. You just want to knock out any large air bubbles, as excessive handling will cause the dough to lose its lightness. Form into a ball. Cover with the glass bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.

  8. Shape by oiling the bottom and sides of a clean, unused earthenware flowerpot (approx. 14cm high x 13cm diameter) and lining with baking paper.

  9. Cut off ¾ of the dough, form it into a fat sausage that is slightly narrower at one end and push the narrow end down into the pot.

  10. Form the rest into 3 round buns.

  11. Finally, lightly brush the loaf with water and gently press in a sprig or two of rosemary (soak the rosemary in cold water first so it doesn’t burn in the oven).

  12. Sprinkle with salt flakes and a little flour and place on a baking tray with the buns, also decorated with rosemary and salt.

  13. Cover everything with a clean tea towel and let rest for 40-45 minutes, or until the loaf has risen about 5cm above the edge of the pan.

  14. 20 minutes before baking, place a roasting tin in the bottom of the oven and preheat the oven to 230°C/210°C fan/Gas 8.

  15. Place the risen bread in the oven, carefully pour about 250ml of cold water into the roasting tin (it will sizzle and produce a burst of steam, creating a crispy crust), then lower the heat to 220°C/200°C fan /Gas level 7.

  16. Bake the buns for about 20 minutes and the flower pot for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

  17. Remove and let cool on a wire rack. When you tap the bottom of the loaf it should sound firm and hollow.

Nutritional Information

kcalfatsaturatescarbohydratesSugarfiberproteinSalt
88 1g 0g 18g 1g 1g 3g 0.51g

Equipment and tools

  • mixing bowl
  • Measurement scales
  • Whisk or fork
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Lunch box or flower pot
  • baking paper
  • Sharp knife or scissors

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Wheat (from bread flour)
  • Dairy products (from the soft butter)

Before preparing this dish, please ensure that you or your guests do not have any allergies or dietary restrictions to these ingredients.

Storage and leftovers

Once the basil rosemary chive bread is baked and completely cooled, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If there are any leftovers, you can also freeze the cut portions in a freezer bag or container. When you’re ready to eat, simply thaw and toast the slices.

Please note that freezing may slightly affect the texture and taste of the bread.

The health benefits of basil, rosemary and chives in a flower pot

When it comes to adding flavor and aroma to your dishes, herbs play a crucial role. Basil, rosemary and chives are three commonly used herbs that not only enhance the flavor of your food but also provide several health benefits. In this article, we will explore the wonderful health benefits of this delightful combination of basil, rosemary and chives and how they can contribute to your overall well-being.

basil

Basil is a popular herb known for its strong aroma and distinctive taste. It is packed with essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that can promote various aspects of health.

Here are some health benefits of basil:

  • Rich in antioxidants: Basil contains powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols that protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: The essential oils contained in basil, such as eugenol, have anti-inflammatory effects and can help reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Supports digestion: Basil can aid digestion by reducing bloating, indigestion, and constipation. It can also help stimulate appetite and improve overall digestive health.

rosemary

Rosemary is an aromatic herb that not only adds a unique flavor to your dishes but also offers numerous health benefits.

Here are some health benefits of rosemary:

  • Memory and brain function: Rosemary contains compounds that may improve memory and cognitive function. It may also help protect the brain from age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Strengthening the immune system: The antioxidants contained in rosemary, such as rosmarinic acid, can help strengthen the immune system and protect against various infections.
  • Anti-cancer properties: Some studies suggest that rosemary extract may have anti-cancer properties and may help inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells.

chives

Chives are a versatile herb from the onion family and add a mild onion flavor to your dishes.

Here are some health benefits of chives:

  • Nutrient-rich: Chives are low in calories but full of essential nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like potassium and iron.
  • Antibacterial properties: Chives contain natural compounds with antibacterial properties that can help fight certain bacteria and promote a healthy immune system.
  • Heart health: The sulfur compounds in chives have been linked to lowering cholesterol and improving heart health.

Mixing these three herbs, basil, rosemary and chives, not only creates a flavorful blend but also provides a number of health benefits. So next time you add herbs to your favorite dishes, consider including these three herbs in your recipe to enhance the flavor and boost your overall well-being.

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