Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Garlic & Herb Braid Bread - Get In My Tummy!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Garlic & Herb Braid Bread - Get In My Tummy!

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We were walking around the market on Sunday, when I decided that I was super hungry and needed to get something in my belly stat. As I came trudging up to the register with a huge loaf of ciabatta bread, Jason asked if we would be having it with dinner. Uh, no. I plan on ripping into this as soon as we get in the car. Needless to say, he wasn't impressed with my snack of choice.

As I sat in the car munching away on a hunk of bread, I wondered why I didn't buy a stick of butter to eat with it. I learned that when it comes to bread, unless it's smothered in butter, dipped in oil, or soaking up soup, it really isn't that tasty to me. I need flavor with my bread. So, I tucked the rest of the loaf away with the intentions of adding a little flavor to it when I got home, but when I went to sneak a piece for a late night snack, realized someone ate the remainder of my bread! Yes, folks, I live with a bunch of heathens who have no respect for mama's late night bread cravings.  

Yesterday, while Jason was at work and the girls were at school, I decided I was going to treat myself to some homemade bread. I thought about making ciabatta to make up for my loss, but remembered that I had a recipe for a Garlic & Herb Braid tucked away for a rainy day. Or, should I say week, since that's all it's been doing here every day. 


Garlic & Herb Braid Bread

With a scrumptious mix of herbs, your kitchen will smell like a pizzeria as this bread is being baked into golden perfection. I was really glad I went with my instincts and made this garlic herb braid over boring a ciabatta. It comes of out the oven looking really pretty, but best of all, it is super simple to bring together. Simply form your dough into a ball and let it rise...



 Divide it into 3 equal pieces...


Braid, then tuck ends under the bottom to form rounded ends. 





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Garlic & Herb Braid

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 to 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ ounce quick rise yeast (4 ½ tsp)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used whole milk, but 2% is fine also)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Stir together 1½ cups flour, sugar, yeast, and all seasonings in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and cubed butter to 120 degrees. Beat into dried ingredients until just moistened. (I recommend using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment to beat together the wet and dry ingredients as the dough gets stuck between the beaters of a handheld mixer). Add egg and beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour in small batches to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Shape each section into a 15 inch rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, brush the tops with melted butter if desired.
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*original recipe adapted from Taste of Home Magazine*


Jason isn't a fan of rosemary because he thinks it taste like twigs and dried grass when I sprinkle it on our dishes. However, I was able to sneak it into this recipe since it called for the rosemary to be crushed. The best way to do that is with a mortar & pestle set.


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The bowl has the capacity to hold a little more than a cup of ingredients. It's made from a heavy porcelain, is lead-free, and chip resistant. The lower half of the bowl is rough, like sandpaper, which makes it really easy to grind down ingredients. The pour spout is very convenient to help transfer ingredients without mess. The wooden pestle is smooth and lightweight, and easy to grip. If you like to make homemade sauces, or you grind a lot of herbs or even pills, then you definitely need to add this set to your kitchen stash. 



What's a loaf of bread without adding a little butter? This garlic & herb braid is flavorful enough to eat without adding any butter or oil, but I am the kind of girl who slathers butter on everything, so I had to add a bit to my portion. I like my butter room temperature, so I keep it tucked away into my Sweese Butter Dish. This dish is wide and deep, so I can fit 2 sticks of butter in easily. If you are a user of the wider sticks of butter, like Kerrygold, then you're going to love this dish since it's hard to fit that type of butter into traditional butter dishes. This dish is made with chip resistant porcelain and is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. It comes with a tight fitting cork lid (must be hand washed) that has a rubber seal to keep butter fresher longer. Since it has a deep design, your butter is IN the dish, not ON it, there's less mess to deal with. 



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51 comments:

  1. This bread looks amazing. I can't wait to make this bread it will go great with my homemade lasagna.

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    1. It would be so perfect with any pizza or pasta dish!

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  2. I wish I had someone to bake me bread every day, or at least once a week :) I'm terrible with yeast and I don't have time for kneading :( and bread and pastries are my fave food. Fortunately we have two bakeries in my street so I always have whole wheat bread for breakfast and dindins.
    I'm with Jason on rosemary!
    Such lovely little pots and holders indeed! I reckon some nice herbs in the butter would spread well on that warm bread! Maybe some chives nom nom nom.... I can smell the aroma all the way here.

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    1. I think it's therapeutic to knead the dough, so I try to make my own a few times a month. I wish I had bakeries on my street, but I can drive 10 minutes down the road and grab fresh made bread whenever I want. But, I do prefer homemade because I love how it makes the house smell when baking.
      Ooh, I'm going to have to try making some chive butter now. That sounds so good for homemade bread and dinner rolls!

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    2. one of our dairies started producing sour cream with shrooms and sour cream with dill pickle taste and they are purfect for these kind of freshly baked goodies :)

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  3. hahaha those heathens will need a good talking to about stealing mama's bread.

    Homemade bread sure gets the win over store bought any day. Even according to the cat. He'll go on the counter and eat baked break, but he won't touch store bought lol

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    1. That's because the cat is one smart cookie, knowing fresh baked is better than day old store bought any day of the week.

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  4. Oh my goodness yes please this sounds absolutely delicious I could definitely look to have it in my tummy.

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  5. Looks fantastic. Bet it tastes great, too.

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  6. That looks so good! I love bread with herbed butter, so the herbs baked right in suits me perfectly! I also love the way you braided it.

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  7. What a delicious looking bread! It turned out super well. That mortar and pestle set should be useful for sneaking rosemary into some more dishes.

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  8. I'm like a vampire with garlic

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  9. This sounds really good. Also, the braid on that is beautiful. I can never get my bread braids quite right.

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  10. I would like to have the Porcelain Canisters, Set of 3 for storing pantry items.

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  11. Omgoodness that bread looks amazing. I'm not sure if I'm confident in my skills to bake it though.

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  12. This looks so good and it actually looks so complicated when its done. I love that the recipe is so easy to make!

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  13. This looks amazing!! I love that you added herbs! Yummy!

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  14. Wow this looks amazing. I've always wanted to try my hand at making a braid bread but I haven't gotten to it… this makes me want to get on it asap! So good it looks! - Jeanine

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  15. I would like to try Stainless Steel Tea Infuser with Spoon.

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  16. This looks like a yummy recipe. You make it look so easy with your excellent details in your description.
    And I really like the Swiss butter dish - this would come in handy big time.

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  17. That looks so good and the braid makes it look beautiful for presentation (I'm all about presentation!)

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  18. I love the Butter Keeper Crock in Red. Love the color & this would definately come in handy!

    Love3570@aol.com

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  19. Get in my belly is right. WOW! I love a good bread recipe.

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  20. I would love to own the two tier dessert stand.

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  21. I love the Butter Keeper Crock...and the Porcelain Fluted Bowls---such beautiful serving stands, too.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  22. If there is one thing that I have a huge weakness for it's bread. These knotted breads always get to me. This looks so good and tasty. I want one now!

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  23. Those are some good looking dishes. I love the herb braid bread. I made a sesame seed bread braid years ago. Back in my adventurous days. ;)

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  24. I really like: Porcelain Fluted Bowls, Assorted. Such fun colors!

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  25. Oh my goodness. This garlic herb braid bread would go well with any pasta dish! I will try my best to make some and then fix a good shrimp scampi with pasta alfredo sauce. Yummy.

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  26. I would also like to have their Porcelain Fluted bowls in assorted colors. These would be useful in so many ways!

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  27. Look at that beautiful garlic and herbs bread! We love butter so much I have so many recipes coming into mind, Theresa.. including butter rice, kaastengels or crispy cheese cookies and sagu keju, or cheese tapioca roll! Super yuuum

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    1. Btw, I would love to have those 2-tier dessert rack and butter keeper crock in red! Look great in my kitchen ;)

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  28. I would like the 3 Tier Rectangular Serving Platter for my kitchen counter, my vegetables from the garden would look nice stacked upon it!

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  29. I would like the Porcelain Utensil Holder

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  30. OMG the butter keep is just too cute and I want it so badly now.

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  31. The Porcelain Grater Plate looks great, and the butter keepers! And wow, that bread looks amazing!!

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  32. I love sweese products we have the cereal bowls! and I collect butter dishes

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  33. I love their 3 piece porcelain canister set that you can write on with chalk - very cute!

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  34. I would like the porcelain fluted bowls - I love the colors!

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  35. I like the porcelain dinner plates.

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  36. I would like to have the 3 Tier Rectangular Serving Platter.

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  37. I like the porcelain cereal bowls, especially the way they stack. So many otherwise very attractive items are horrible to store because they do not nest in ways that make them easy to store.

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  38. I think the slate cheese boards look sweet. Very modern in a backwards kinda way lol.

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  39. I would like to see you carry something to store garlic. I have garlic just sitting out on my counter. I had one a while back but it was ugly clay and broke very easily. Thanks.

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  40. I would love some garlic options. Thank you for the great offer!

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  41. I like the porcelain cereal bowls. They have a great design and would be great in my kitchen.

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  42. I like the Stainless Steel Tea Infuser with Spoon. I am a huge tea drinker!
    Laurie Emerson

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  43. I would buy the Porcelain Infuser Mug in White so I would have a large cup to drink my morning coffee. Hopefully everyone in the house would recognize it as mine and steer clear.

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  44. I also like the 2 Tier Desert Stand. It would get a lot of use around here for sure.

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  45. I have to say alot to choose from love the cupcake stands to Porcelain Fluted Bowls, Assorted great selections . Yet at reasonable prices also

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  46. I also like the Bamboo Coaster Set with Porcelain Holder from Sweese.

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