Rustic bread

Bread recipe for 4 - 8 people, takes only 20 mins; recipe has flour, fast-action dried yeast, olive oil, sparkling water, semolina and rosemary.

Rustic bread

Rustic bread

Recipe by Chef Soomro Course: Bread

4 - 8

Prep time

20 mins


  • Olive Oil: 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Rosemary: finely chopped rosemary and Maldon salt, for sprinklng
  • Flour: 250g strong white bread flour
  • Fast Action Dried Yeast: 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • Semolina: semolina, for sprinkling (optional)
  • Sparkling Water: 200ml sparkling water


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix together the flour, yeast and 1/2 tsp salt. Add the oil, then pour in the water gradually, adding enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 4-5 mins until the dough feels strong, bouncy and has a silky feel to it.
  2. Cut the dough into 8 pieces, then roll out into rough rounds about 16-17cm in diameter. (Don't pile them on top of each other or they will stick together.)
  3. Sprinkle a baking sheet or two with semolina if you have it, otherwise leave plain. Lay the breads on the sheets and let them sit for 5 mins, then scatter with rosemary, salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until puffy and golden. Can be made 3-4 hrs ahead.