Herb Bread
Rosemary, Oregano, Parsley...

Homemade bread smells so good and makes your home cozy and inviting.

This bread is either made by the traditional hand method or you’re bread machine. This is an easy way to incorporate different herbs you’ve grown over the season that are fresh or dried.          

Traditional Hand Method

Mixed Herb Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. salt (or use celery seed)
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp. dried mint
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh marjoram
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tsp. sugar (lavender or mint sugar)
  • 1 1/24 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast

*In a large, warmed bowl, mix the flours together with the salt (***celery seed) and the dried herbs. Add the butter or margarine, stir in the chopped fresh herbs.

 

*Dissolve the sugar in about half the warm water, and sprinkle the yeast on top. Leave for about ten minutes, until frothy.

 

*Make a hollow in the center of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Gradually mix with the flour, adding the remaining warm water. Finish mixing by hand until you have a soft dough.

 

*Knead the dough thoroughly on a floured board. Mold into 2 rounds, braids, or coils, and place on a baking tray. Cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour to double in size.

 

*Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

** This recipe has been adopted from The Herb Basket by Hazel Evans.

***Celery seed is a great substitute for salt.

If I’m making quick breads those are easy and fast too.

The convenience of the bread machine is where the ingredients are added together upfront and you push a button and voila it’s done.

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Simple Herb Bread Machine Recipe

A simple herb recipe…1 Pound Recipe (8 slices)

 

·         ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon                      Water                        

·         1 tablespoon                                        Butter  or Margarine               

·         2 cups                                                  Bread flour                 

·         1 teaspoon                                           Chopped fresh sage leaves                    

·         2 teaspoons                                         Chopped fresh basil leaves

·         2 teaspoons                                         Chopped fresh oregano leaves

·         1 teaspoon                                           Chopped fresh thyme leaves

·         2 tablespoons                                      Chopped fresh parsley

·         2 tablespoons                                      Dried milk

·         1 tablespoon                                        Sugar (or herb sugar…lavender)

·         ¾ teaspoon                                          Salt (***celery seed)

·         1 teaspoon                                           Bread machine yeast

 

Incorporate all ingredients together careful not to get the yeast wet. Select Basic/White cycle. Use Medium or Light crust color. Remove baked bread from pan and cool on wire rack. This recipe has been adopted from Betty Crocker’s Bread Machine Cookbook.

 

These are two simple herb bread recipes that are easily changed to your preferences. Change the ingredients by either adding edible flowers like marigolds or calendula. Or other edible herb plants to use are rosemary, geranium leaves, caraway, chives, onion, garlic, fennel or dill. Mix it up a bit.


When I’m using the bread machine method I add the dried herbs that I’ve grown just before I add the yeast. I’ve added fennel, caraway, Mexican herbs and spices. It depend what we’re having for dinner and then I adjust the ingredients accordingly.

 

Making herb bread is a fun tradition that makes the home smell beautiful. The warm inviting aroma of freshly baking bread either made by hand or by the bread machine are gratifying and easy to do.

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