- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary or 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme or 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons (2 packages) active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 4½-5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg, well beaten
- Sauté the onion in the olive oil in a small frying pan over medium heat until soft. Remove from the heat, stir in the herbs, and let cool.
- Pour the water into the bowl dissolve the yeast in the water and mix with the spoon. Add the salt and the onion and herb mixture in flour, add yeast water to make a firm dough, adding more flour if necessary, kneading until the dough holds together.
- Remove the dough to a floured work surface. Clean out and grease the bowl. Return the dough to the greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
- Grease two 8½-inch loaf pans.
- Remove the dough to a floured work surface and punch it down. Divide in half, shape it into 2 loaves, and put it into the prepared pans. Let the loaves rise for 1 hour, covered, or until the dough has doubled in volume. Carefully brush the loaves with the beaten egg a few times while they are rising.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Just before baking cut 4 slits on the top of each loaf and dust lightly with flour. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the breads are nicely browned and sound hollow when tapped.
- Remove the loaves from the pans and let them cool on a rack.