Garden Herb Loaf

  • PrepTime: 25 Mins
  • CookTime: 35 Mins
  • TotalTime: 1 Hrs 50 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3 tablespoons white sugar
  3. 2 (.25 ounce) packages instant yeast
  4. 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  5. 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  6. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  7. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  8. ¾ cup milk
  9. ½ cup water
  10. ¼ cup butter
  11. 1 egg
  12. 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Instruction

  1. In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, and herbs.
  2. 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.
  3. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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