Garlic & Italian Herbs Bread

When I was making my first batch of Homemade Pasta, I thought it would be nice to make a loaf of fresh bread to go with it.  I could have just made a French Bread or even a White Bread but I wanted to try something different.

We ate the whole loaf!!!!

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Sandie

Here are the ingredients I used.

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I added everything to the bowl of my stand mixer except for the water and gave it a quick whisk to combine it.

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I added the hot water and using my bread hook, started mixing the dough. I let it knead for about 5 minutes once it was fully combined and the dough had come away from the sides of the bowl.

Then I placed the ball of dough in a greased bowl, turning it once to grease the top, and let it stand in a warm place for 45 minutes, until it had doubled in size.

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I punched it down and divided it into 3 somewhat equal portions.

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Rolled each one into a rope…

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And braided the dough, tucking the ends under, and let it rise for another 30 minutes.

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I baked it at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, removed it from the oven, turned the oven off and sprinkled a bit of mozzarella on top and put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

And here was our nice Garlic & Italian Herbs bread to have with dinner!

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Recipe

Garlic & Italian Herbs Bread

Preparation Time: 10 minutes  Rising Time: 1 hr. 15 min. Baking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. quick rise yeast
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup hot water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer, whisk to combine all ingredients, except for the water.
  3. Add water and using dough hook, start mixing dough.
  4. Mix until dough is smooth and elastic and comes away from sides of bowl.
  5. Knead for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove ball of dough to greased bowl, turning once to grease top as well.
  7. Let sit in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes, until doubled in size.
  8. Punch dough down, break into 3 pieces.
  9. Roll each piece into a  log, about 12 inches long.
  10. Braid rope and tuck ends under.
  11. Let sit in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
  12. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven, turn oven off and sprinkle with grated mozzarella.
  14. Return to oven for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted and starting to brown.
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