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What you’ll need:

2 c warm tap water, about 110° F

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 table spoon rosemary, sage, black pepper (1/2 of each)

2 1/2 t (1 envelope) active dry yeast

1/4 c olive oil

2 3/4 to 3 c all-purpose flour, depending on the stickiness of your dough

2 1/2 c whole wheat flour

3 teaspoons salt

1/4 c flour for dusting the loaves

cornmeal for dusting the pans

In a small bowl whisk together warm water and honey until combined. Sprinkle yeast on the surface, let it sit for three minutes before whisking. After yeast is dissolved, whisk in the olive oil.

In the bowl of a full-sized food processor fitted with a dough blade, place 2 3/4 c all-purpose flour, all 2 1/2 c whole wheat flour, rosemary, sage, pepper and the salt.

Add yeast mixture and process to form a smooth, elastic and slightly sticky dough, about 45 seconds. Incorporate the remaining 1/4 c all-purpose flour 1 T at time if the dough is sticky.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and turn dough over so top is oiled. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise at room temperature until doubled, about 1 hour.

To shape loaves, scrape risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and press it to deflate it. Divide dough in half and shape one piece at a time. Press dough into a square, then roll it up tightly. Rotate cylinder of dough 90 degrees and roll up again from short end. Arrange dough seam side down, cover with plastic or a towel and let it rest of 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining piece of dough.

Dust pan with cornmeal. Roll each piece of dough under palms of your hands to elongate it. Work from middle of loaf outward, pointing the ends slightly. Place loaves seam side down on cookie sheets and dust each loaf heavily with flour, using about 1/4 c in all. Cover with plastic or a towel and allow to rise until doubled.

About 30 minutes before you intend to bake the loaves, preheat oven to 500° F and set racks at the middle and lowest levels. Set a pan on the lowest rack to absorb some of the excess bottom heat and keep the bottom of the loaves from burning.

Using a sharp knife make 3 to 4 diagonal slashes in the top of each loaf. Immediately place loaves in oven and lower temperature 450° F. After loaves have baked for 20 minutes and are completely risen, lower temperature to 350° F and continue baking about 20 to 30 minutes longer, until bread reaches an internal temperature of about 210-220° F. Remove loaves from oven and cool on a rack.

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