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Italian Herb Bread (Bread Machine or Conventional Yeast Bread Method) Recipe

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Garlic and Italian herbs infuse this homemade bread which can be made in a bread machine or by conventional yeast bread method. Use it as a dinner bread spread with butter or dipped in olive oil. Or slice for meat or cheese sandwiches. Makes a 24-ounce loaf. Oh, mamma-mia.......delicio!

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Servings: 24
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Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour (to measure, spoon flour lightly into cup without packing then level off)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast

Directions

  1. BREAD MACHINE METHOD:
  2. Heat oil in small skillet. Add garlic and the 4 dried herbs. Sauté for 2 minutes, avoiding scorching the garlic. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Put herb oil and remaining ingredients in bread machine in order recommended by machine manufacturer.
  4. Select white bread, medium crust, 1 1/2 pound loaf. Press Start.
  5. CONVENTIONAL YEAST BREAD METHOD (w/Stand Mixer):
  6. Prepare herb oil as in Step #2 above; set aside.
  7. Using a heavy-duty stand mixer and dough hooks, mix water and milk with sugar, salt and herb oil mixture. Beat in flour and yeast and "knead"by machine until a smooth ball of dough is formed which is soft and elastic, about 5-6 minutes.
  8. Remove dough and place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover with clean towel or with plastic wrap loosely and allow to proof in a warm location free of drafts until doubled in size, about 1 hour or more. Punch down. Spray or grease a bread loaf pan.
  9. Shape dough and fit into prepared pan, seam side and ends down. Cover with towel and allow to proof until almost doubled in size, 30-45 minutes.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F. about 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and turn out of pan onto wire rack. Cool completely before slicing or wrapping.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 31g
Recipe makes 24 servings
Calories 82  
Calories from Fat 19 23%
Total Fat 2.12g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.35g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 33mg 1%
Total Carbs 13.14g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugars 0.52g 0%
Protein 2.34g 4%

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