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Garlic-Herb Braid Recipe

Garlic-Herb Braid Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Garlic-Herb Braid

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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."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"this is the best and it looks amazing"

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

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

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Easy and delicious!!"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

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

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!"

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."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"Easy and delicious!! I will be making this a lot more often!!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"I made this bread for Mother's Day and it came out looking just like the picture! It tasted great and was a hit at dinner."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Wonderful flavor. Be sure to let it rise well or is too dense."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This is so delicious, i would definitely would make again, very easy to make!!!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"A wonderfully flavored bread that can be ready to serve in 2 hours. I sauteed minced fresh garlic (2 cloves)instead of using garlic powder. I would do this again, but would use more garlic."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Yum. Left out the dill and added about 1/2 tsp pepper. Dense and a little sweet."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"I don't usually get along very well with yeast but this was fantastic!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"As soon as the magazine came, I made this bread to see if it would be okay to take to a family Christmas. It was delicious, so made it and took it and everyone raved about it. Am making it again this week for company. Hope there is some left to have the next day. It is so simple to fix, especially when the bread machine does all the kneading for me."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"I made this braid for Christmas dinner and it was a hit. People talked about it the next day as they finished it off. Will make this one again and again. Thanks for sharing this with us."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I took this bread to work and everyone raved about how good and moist it was!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"simple to make suprized by how much bread this makes"

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