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

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
1 large round loaf
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, and herbs.

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  • 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.

  • Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

140 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 23g 7% DV; fat 3.6g 6% DV; cholesterol 17.7mg 6% DV; sodium 203.1mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (117)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2004
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/04/2005
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. Read More
(4)
149 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 116
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2004
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. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
This was good and easy. I will make this again and change the herb combo and add garlic and parmesan cheese. yummy! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2006
Tasty chewy satisfying bread. Perfect companion to soup. The herb flavor was mild but not too mild. I made the recipe as it was written using my Kitchenaid stand mixer. The dry ingredients went in the mixing bowl and I stirred the wet ingredients in by hand. After that I used the dough hook on "2" and the pouring shield to add the remaining flour until the dough no was a solid ball and did not stick to the sides or bottom. I ended up using nearly all 4 1/2 cups of flour. After baking and brushing with butter as directed I sprinkled with crushed sea salt - yum! It was a beautiful bread and was fairly easy to make. I'll definitely make it again! Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
Great bread. I added extra spices and shredded cheddar cheese. Will make this again and again. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
Yum Loved it so easy to make and quick I also tried using fresh herbs that was almost better thank you for posting this recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/04/2005
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. Read More
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