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Buttery Herb Loaves

 Buttery Herb Loaves
A succulent herb butter is the secret to this bread's irresistible richness. These lovely loaves disappear quickly.
20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • HERB BUTTER:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Melted butter
  • Sesame or poppy seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, eggs,
  • shortening, sugar, salt and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in
  • enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the

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Buttery Herb Loaves (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2
  • hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in
  • half. Roll each portion to 1/16-in. thickness; cut out ten 5-in.
  • circles from each. Combine the butter, garlic, basil, onion, caraway
  • seeds, oregano and cayenne; spread over dough. Fold circles in half;
  • set half aside.
  • For each loaf, start with one folded circle on a greased baking sheet
  • with folded edge toward the right. Working from right to left, add
  • another piece with folded edge on right side, overlapping
  • three-fourths of the previous piece. Repeat.
  • Form a second rectangular loaf from the reserved folded circles.
  • Brush with butter; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover and let rise in
  • a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from
  • pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 198 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 413 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.