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Author Notes: I came up with the recipe for the bread in this sandwich as a riff on Ferran Adrià's classic, simple snack of bread topped with grated dark chocolate, olive oil, and sea salt, then toasted in the oven. I incorporated rosemary to add an herbal note to complement the fruitiness of the chocolate and olive oil.
Any life-changing sandwich must necessarily be enclosed in an amazing bread, and building this Toasted Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich with this bread will turn it into something transformative. First, brush the rosemary chocolate bread with peppery olive oil and allow it to crisp up in the oven a little, then add a rich layer of creamy peanut butter and a hearty drizzle of honey before returning the slice to the oven to warm and soften the toppings. Finally, combine the slices and enjoy your first savory, sweet, and entirely surprising bite. —indieculinary
Food52 Review: WHO: Indieculinary is the author of the blog of the same name and lives in Santa Cruz, California.
WHAT: An oven-toasted peanut butter sandwich with rich rosemary and dark chocolate bread.
HOW: Add minced rosemary, olive oil, and chocolate to bread dough, allow to rise, then bake in a Dutch oven for 30 to 45 minutes. Slice the bread, then toast each slice in the oven with olive oil for an additional 5 to 10 minutes before adding peanut butter and honey.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Just when we thought the peanut butter sandwich couldn't get any more perfect this sandwich came along and unraveled everything we thought we knew about the lunchbox classic. The combination of honey and rosemary hits the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Consider enjoying it open-faced with a cup of English breakfast tea for the perfect cold weather breakfast. —The Editors
Makes 1 loaf of bread, with directions for making 1 sandwich
For the rosemary chocolate bread:
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 12 ounces lukewarm water
- 10 ounces whole wheat flour (such as hard red winter wheat)
- 10 ounces bread flour
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 4 ounces ground almonds (almond meal)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to oil the bowl
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
- 4 ounces finely diced dark chocolate
- Add the yeast to the lukewarm water and set aside.
- Combine the flours, salt, ground almonds, honey, and olive oil in the bowl of a standing mixer.
- Pour the water/yeast mixture over.
- Use the standing mixer to knead the bread until it reaches "windowpane" stage. (When you take a small piece and spread it between your fingers, you get a thin, stretchy, nearly transparent result from the dough.) You will likely need to stop the mixer a few times to scrape the bottom of the bowl, and gather up and knead in any dry crumbs by hand.
- Knead in the minced rosemary and chocolate by hand.
- Place your dough in a bowl rubbed lightly with olive oil, cover with a towel, and leave it to rise at room temperature until it's about doubled.
- Punch it down and leave it alone for another 15 minutes to rise again.
- Preheat your oven to 450° F and leave a covered, lightly-oiled Dutch oven within to preheat as well.
- Shape your dough into a round loaf.
- Bake the dough inside the preheated Dutch oven, covered, for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes, or until a firm brown crust is achieved, and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom.
For the toasted peanut butter and honey sandwich on rosemary chocolate bread:
- 2 thin, even slices of Rosemary and Chocolate Bread (see recipe above)
- 1 tablespoon good, peppery olive oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter, or to taste
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Brush the slices of bread with olive oil.
- Toast in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they become golden and crispy.
- Remove from oven, spread peanut butter evenly on each slice of bread, then drizzle slices with honey.
- Return to oven for 2 to 3 minutes to finish warming through.
- Remove from oven and press together into a sandwich.
- This recipe is a Wildcard Contest Winner!
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Sandwich Recipe