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Buttermilk-Herb Bread

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"Our family's favorite! We got this from a neighbor and have never seen it anywhere else and we've made it for over 20 years. Wonderful right out of the oven, slathered with butter. It has the subtle flavors of dill and buttermilk with a tender crumb."
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4 h 20 m servings 142
Original recipe yields 20 servings (2 - 8x4 inch loaves)


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  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Stir the buttermilk, egg, oil, dressing mix, and salt into the yeast mixture. Stir in 2 cups of the flour using a wooden spoon. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough can be picked up out of the bowl. Knead on a floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Try not to add much more flour. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a cloth, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  3. Press the air out of the dough, and divide into two pieces. Form into tight loaves, and place each one into a greased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Let rise until a your finger leaves a mark when lightly pressed into the dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake loaves for about 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. When finished, the loaves should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 142 calories; 2.1 25.7 4.4 10 238 Full nutrition

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I'm not sure what it took to make this bread, but, oh my, it was GOOD! I got home from work today to find this delicious bread on the counter, and I thought to myself: "this is the best bread I'...

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I followed the recipe exactly - the bread was very dense and I didn't enjoy it very much.

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I'm not sure what it took to make this bread, but, oh my, it was GOOD! I got home from work today to find this delicious bread on the counter, and I thought to myself: "this is the best bread I'...

I really wanted to try this recipe out in my 2 lb bread machine on the dough cycle and it worked perfectly! The only change I made was to use 3 tsp of bread machine yeast and to take it out abou...

Very flavorful bread. The name throws me for a loop, bc I don't think of ranch seasoning when I think of herb breads. Other than the name, though, this is a very soft, flavorful bread that's g...

Great easy recipe. I read this about a year ago and have made it many times since then. The family loves this bread and is always begging me to make it again. Sometimes I leave out the Ranch mix...

Just made a loaf of this bread and am eating it fresh out of the oven! I made this recipe as an attempt at a simple buttermilk loaf, leaving out the dressing mix. I had to add a LOT more flour t...

This is a really great bread. I have to admit that we left out the ranch dressing, but the recipe itself was delicious. Moist and delicious inside, bit crusty outside. And it froze beautifull...

This bread is dangerously good. My roommate and I ate 1 1/2 loaves within 30 minutes after pulling it out of the oven. It has a beautiful golden crust, and the inside is like velvet. It is de...

Great bread! Great directions! Only thing I would change is the cooking time. 20 minutes isn't nearly enough. (I left it in for 35-40.) 2nd time I made this bread I subbed the ranch packet f...

Very yummy! I ran into some problems with the flour when making it, though -- 5 cups resulted in dough with the approximate consistency of cake batter, and it took almost two more cups to get i...