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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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 a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

142.3 calories; 4.4 g protein; 25.7 g carbohydrates; 10 mg cholesterol; 238 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2005
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've ever had". So I recommend it! -Husband Note from "wife": I had to add more flour but it didn't seem to matter. This bread is GOOD! I used a.4 oz pack of ranch dressing because that is what I had on hand. Also something is wrong with the cooking time. After 20 min at 350 I realized that the bread was still very raw and hiked up the temp to 375 for 20 more min. So I recommend it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/15/2008
I followed the recipe exactly - the bread was very dense and I didn't enjoy it very much. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2005
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've ever had". So I recommend it! -Husband Note from "wife": I had to add more flour but it didn't seem to matter. This bread is GOOD! I used a.4 oz pack of ranch dressing because that is what I had on hand. Also something is wrong with the cooking time. After 20 min at 350 I realized that the bread was still very raw and hiked up the temp to 375 for 20 more min. So I recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2005
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've ever had". So I recommend it! -Husband Note from "wife": I had to add more flour but it didn't seem to matter. This bread is GOOD! I used a.4 oz pack of ranch dressing because that is what I had on hand. Also something is wrong with the cooking time. After 20 min at 350 I realized that the bread was still very raw and hiked up the temp to 375 for 20 more min. So I recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2008
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 about 30 minutes before the dough cycle completed. Measurements for all the other ingredients stayed the same. I was watching it so it wouldn't over flow while rising and taking it out 30 minutes early is just right. I shaped it into one braid and one regular loaf and put them into two 9 1/2 by 5 1/2 loaf pans let them rise 60 minutes then baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Delicious flavor great texture perfect warm with some butter also great grilled cheese and sandwich bread. Love the ranch flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2011
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 good plain with butter or with cheese as a nice sandwich. I baked at 375 for 35 mins instead as I've made tons of bread and that setting is tried and true for my oven. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
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 beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
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 for a simple white bread. Good job! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2010
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 than called for to get the dough where I could even handle it enough to knead so I was worried it would come out too dense but it gave a nice light fluffy loaf with a good texture. Nothing fancy but good for a simple loaf. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2006
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 delicious with or without butter with cheddar cheese melted on top. I did wind up leaving it in the oven for 30 minutes instead of the prescribed 20 but I didn't need to raise the temperature at all. Ovens vary! Thank you so much for this recipe. I will use it until I become obese! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2009
really good adaptable to different herbs... Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/14/2008
I followed the recipe exactly - the bread was very dense and I didn't enjoy it very much. Read More
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