(Photo Credit: Taste of Home)
I made this herb bread the same night I made Butternut Soup. Let's just say its a good idea I decided to make this bread. Soup = not so hot. Bread = one of the best things ever. ;) Seriously, this bread is so good! I found the recipe in my Simple & Delicious magazine and followed it except for using the frozen french bread dough. I decided to make my own bread (1/2 white; 1/2 wheat) and it turned out marvelous-ly. The only problem was I used too much salt. My hubby liked it just the way it was, but next time I will follow the recipe and only add as much salt as it says to add. This recipe is from Jen (only I halved it). She even has a video to show you how easy it is. :) Feel free to use your own bread recipe if you have a fav. Otherwise, here's the recipe:
1 Tbsp (or 1 package) active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm (105-115 degrees) water
2 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
3 1/2 cups flour (I used 1/2 white & 1/2 wheat)
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add rest of ingredients and mix until it looks like a big ball of dough. Dump the dough on a floured surface and knead for a few minutes. (If you don't know how to knead, all I do is basically fold the dough over on itself while making sure to get the flour incorporated all throughout the dough. If the ball gets sticky, add more flour to your kneading surface.) Place dough in greased bowl and turn once to cover. At this stage, I always have my oven warm, put a wet towel over my bowl of dough, and put the bowl of dough in the oven. Keep the dough in there to rise until its doubled - or about an hour.
Fast forward 1 hour. Take the lovely dough out. Sprinkle more flour on your kneading surface and knead the bread until the little bubbles are gone. :) Divide your dough into 16 balls.
Ingredients for the herb part
1/4 cup butter, melted (I used oil instead)
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp parsley
1/8 tsp each basil, rosemary, thyme
1/4 tsp dill weed
Mix oil and garlic in Bowl One. Mix cheese & herbs in Bowl Two. Dip each ball in Bowl One, then in Bowl Two. Place each ball in greased loaf pan. Let rise for an hour. Bake at 350 for 22-26 minutes. The directions say to put a piece of foil lightly on top if it gets brown too quickly. I can never tell when I'm baking with wheat flour and I hate it when I burn things, so I put a piece of foil on top after about 10 minutes of baking time, just to be sure... :) Cool for a few minutes. Serve warm with butter.
Mmmmmmmm... let your mouth water! Its that good! Now, go try it for dinner tonight, and come back and let me know your rating. :)