We are well into Fall and let me tell you this year it has been cold! We’ve had temperatures down to 11 degrees at night which is highly unusual but it is what it is. Cold temperatures call for hearty eating, things like hot full bodied soups and a good rustic flavorful bread to go with that soup. There is nothing better after working outdoors all afternoon and coming inside to the aroma of fresh cooked herbed bread. I baked this Rustic Tuscan Herb Bread yesterday to go with a homemade chicken noodle soup for supper. It sure hit the spot after hauling and stacking wood out in the cold on Halloween Eve! This is a quick bread, not a yeast bread and if you are expecting a nice cake like tea bread, then this is not for you. This quick bread is dense, hearty and delightfully herby with chopped fresh sage and rosemary. It is both filling and satisfying served with soup, stew or chili. There’s not much to it and it goes together fast. Perfect for a busy day when you need something hearty but you have minutes and not hours to spend baking.
Here’s what we will need.