Braided Italian Herb Bread


A beautifully braided bread with a delicious blend of basil, oregano, rosemary, and garlic powder that is sure to please!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 loaf



  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¾ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ½ cup water

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 egg


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, basil, salt, oregano, garlic powder, and rosemary in a large bowl.

  2. Combine milk, water, and butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat in a microwave until butter melts, about 30 seconds. Pour over the flour mixture; beat until dough is just moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining 3 cups flour to form a soft dough.

  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface such as a large cutting board or countertop. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

  4. Divide dough into thirds. Shape each piece into a 15-inch rope. Transfer ropes to a greased baking sheet. Braid together. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under the braid. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Brush top of the braid with olive oil and sprinkle with basil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet, or remove to a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

295 Calories
8g Fat
49g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 295
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 144mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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