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.
Mixed Herb Bread
*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.
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.