Garden Herb Loaf Recipe -
Garden Herb Loaf Recipe
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Garden Herb Loaf

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"This bread draws raves whenever I make it! It is a family favorite!"

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Original recipe makes 1 large round loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    1 hr 50 mins


  1. In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, and herbs.
  2. Heat milk, water, and 1/4 cup butter until very warm (120-130 degrees F); stir into dry ingredients. Stir in egg and enough remaining flour to make soft dough.
  3. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
  4. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece to 30 inch rope. Braid ropes; pinch ends to seal. Tie knot in center of braid; wrap ends around knot, in opposite directions, and tuck under to make round loaf. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubles in size, about 20 to 40 minutes.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 to 35 minutes or until done, covering with foil during last 10 minutes of baking to prevent excess browning. Melt remaining butter; brush over loaf. Sprinkle with additional herbs, if desired. Remove from sheet; let cool on wire rack.
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  • If you make this in a slow cooker, using a slow cooker liner can make cleanup easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2004

Fabulous recipe. The second time I used fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, and oregano) and sprinkled the top with a bit of chopped rosemary near the end. Disappeared in a flash.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 04, 2005

This bread was pretty tasty, but I was sort of disappointed because I was expecting something spectacular. I put in 1 1/2 times the herbs and some parmesan cheese, but the flavor was still pretty mild. Also, I was hoping for a crusty bread, but it ended up being very soft. It just reminded me of packaged white bread with some herbs in it. My favorite part of this bread was the appearance. I'll probably use this braiding technique with a different recipe.


137 Ratings

Apr 14, 2003

This was good and easy. I will make this again and change the herb combo and add garlic and parmesan cheese. yummy!

Apr 14, 2003

I have tried to make home made bread in the past and every time it came out terrible. This is a very easy recipe and the bread came out perfect! I listened to other reviewers and increased the amount of spices and I added parsley and onion powder; it tastes great.

Apr 14, 2003

rather tasty, and quite simple. i would add 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of additional spices to the melted butter and brush over the cooked bread, well, maybe some finely grated parmesean also.

Apr 14, 2003

This was yummy! I made one loaf, and forgot to cover it with aluminum foil. Since I was making it for a bridal tea, and it was a little too brown, my husband and I ate it...all of it. So good. The second one was even better. Everyone loved it.

Jun 17, 2003

I've made this recipe many times and it's delicious. My family always request that I make this bread for every Thanksgiving dinner because it goes so well with it, or any dinner for that matter. Smother the bread with butter when freshly out of the oven and it's marvelous!

Apr 14, 2003

Great bread. I added extra spices and shredded cheddar cheese. Will make this again and again.


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  • Calories
  • 140 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 203 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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