Prep 0 mins
Cook 45 mins
I got this recipe from a local newspaper 30 years ago. It was my first ever bread, and has been a consistent blue ribbon winner at the county fair. Because it takes about 2 hours, start to finish, I have "assembly lined" making large quantities. When the first loaf is in the second rising, begin the next loaf. I've made this with a mixer and dough hooks, and with a bowl and a wooden spoon.
- 4 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon oregano
- 1⁄4 teaspoon thyme (leaves, not powder)
- 2 (2 ounce) packages active dry yeast (or 2 TBSP bulk yeast)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
- Put the milk, water and butter (or margarine) in a small saucepan over low heat to warm.
- Butter or margarine does NOT need to melt.
- In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, the sugar, salt, basil, oregano, thyme and dry yeast.
- Stir dry ingredients to mix well.
- Add warm liquid ingredients and beat until well blended.
- Add flour, 1/2 to 1 cup at a time, and continue beating until well blended.
- Cover bowl with a towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 40 minutes, or until doubled.
- Grease a 9 x 3 x 5 inch loaf pan with butter or margarine.
- Stir batter down and beat for about one minute, then pour into the loaf pan.
- Let rise, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, or until doubled.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.
- When done, remove from pan, cool and slice to serve.
I can see why this recvipe won a ribbon at the fair! =) What a great bread. The herbs really came through especially when coming out of the oven! Any more great recipes that you need to post? Looking forward to them!!
Boy can I ever rate this bread a 5! Last summer my neighbors, and their parents, and I got to taste this bread made by the chef herself. Everyone at our cookout raved over its fragrance and taste, and it takes some great bread to get my neighbors mother to give out a rave review for she's a bread baker from the word go. So from the 6 of us...that's equal to 60 Stars. LOL! Great recipe and Thank You. Chuck
First time to bake bread from scratch!! This was great! I actually added a little extra of the herbs & added some garlic. Beautiful loaf of bread!!!!! Hubby was impressed!