This is one of my favorite garlic breads. I love that, thanks to my bread machine, this recipe is quick and easy. I also love that it makes a big enough loaf that we have leftovers, which does not happen very often around here with any kind of food but especially not with bread. I also love that it is pretty! I’m a girlie girl and pretty things make me happy!
My husband and my children love the taste! That’s it just the taste. But since it’s food I guess that is all that really matters (at least to them).
This bread is also very impressive to take to potluck dinners and is my go-to bread recipe if I am taking a meal to a new mom or a grieving family.
Homemade Garlic Herb Braid (adapted from Taste of Home)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dill weed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon minced onion, I use the kind you find in the spice isle
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, again I use the kind found in the spice isle
4 to 4 1/2 cups bread flour
3 heaping tablespoons sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 to 2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a bread machine add water, 1/4 cup butter (melted), egg, milk, all the spices. Then add your flour to create a barrier between your wet ingredients and your dry ingredients. Add your sugar and yeast on top of your flour.
You are going to want the bread machine to knead the dough for about 10 minutes and then you are going to want it to rest for about 10 minutes.
Then you will divide the dough into thirds. Shape each piece into a 15-inch rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet (I use an un-greased baking stone) and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 to 30 minutes. I always let my bread rise in the microwave (just a little tip).
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with 1 to 2 tablespoons melted butter. Move to a wire rack to cool.