Garlic-Herb Braid Recipe
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Garlic-Herb Braid Recipe

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Savory flavors of rosemary, dill, garlic and basil blend beautifully in this homey loaf that goes great with almost any main dish. Get ready for oohs and aahs when you bring this tender and impressive braid to the table! Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 169 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and seasonings. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water and cubed butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into thirds. Shape each into a 15-in. rope. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet, and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  4. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaf in heavy-duty foil. To use, thaw at room temperature.
    Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Garlic-Herb Braid in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p58

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audieclvn User ID: 2026635 259562
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

"Delicious!! I found this easy to make it went well with my homemade clam chowder."

gussymo User ID: 2019388 258681
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2016

"Wonderful bread! I did leave out the dill, as I didn't feel it went with the other spices, but otherwise made exactly per recipe. A definite keeper in my yeast bread rotation!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 217209
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"bread turned out good but I do not think I'm a fan of this combination of herbs in the bread."

grossy6 User ID: 8107364 188427
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"this is the best and it looks amazing"

wjamanda User ID: 6518294 188381
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"This bread turned out wonderful! It looks like you slaved over it for hours and makes a wonderful presentation on the table! I brushed my hot loaf with butter and dusted it with parmesan cheese and a dash of garlic salt and parsley! Will be making again soon!"

cnshumate User ID: 1963793 169993
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"This bread was great. I left out the dill."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 116954
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"easy and delicious!!"

sandyekren User ID: 6257894 174427
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I loved this. It was easy, pretty and tasted delicious."

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 104511
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"This is an amazing recipe! Since I found it I have been making it time and time again with requests for more!"

mncaudill User ID: 1935236 185648
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Excellent bread and easy to make! To speed up the rising, I invert the lid on a crockpot and place the baking sheet with the dough on top of it. Turn the crockpot on low and it provides the perfect amount of warmth to allow the bread to rise...even in a cold kitchen."

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