Total Time
3hrs 5mins
Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 35 mins

An accidental creation one day, this is what happens when your 4 year old decides she is going to help mommy bake... But the results are fabulous. I make this to go with soups and chili, or with a large dinner as rolls. The kids also like it when it has started to dried out a bit as bread pudding. The time includes both risings, mixing it up takes about 15 minutes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix yeast, a pinch of sugar, and 1/2 a cup of the water in a bowl, allow to proof for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl, add herbs if using and mix through.
  3. Add yeast mixture, and remaining water.
  4. Mix well dough should be sticky and soft, if it isn't add a little more water.
  5. Cover dough with a cloth, and allow to rise until double in bulk, about 90 minutes Punch down.
  6. Divide into 2, and place in greased loaf pans.
  7. Allow to rise uncovered until doubled in bulk again.
  8. Place in a cold oven, and turn begin heating to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Bake for 25-40 minutes or until top is crusty and begin to turn golden brown.
  10. Cool and serve.


Most Helpful

I wanted this type of recipe because my bread machine was not working and I am unable to knead dough. I was skeptical of the instructions, but decided to give it a try. What a great bread it turned out to be. Very easy to assemble and the taste was wonderful. It went great with my beef stew. Thanks for this easy recipe, Rhionon

Big K October 17, 2003

I made this bread yesterday -- it was very easy to put together, but came out with a very heavy and dense texture. It would be o.k. to use as a dipping bread for a stew, etc., but as a bread for eating with butter or as a sandwich, it was just too heavy and chewy.

TasteTester September 06, 2007

This is terriffic! Soft with great texture and flavor (I added 1 tsp oregano and 1/4 tsp basil as the dried herbs). This will definately be added to my regular bread list.

Pa. Hiker February 28, 2004

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