Herb Loaf Recipe
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Herb Loaf Recipe

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"This lovely low-sodium loaf gets its delicious flavor from a handful of fragrant herbs," says Nancy Zimmerman of Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

One slice equals 103 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the sugar, butter, parsley, basil, salt, oregano, thyme, garlic powder and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-6 minutes. Place in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  2. Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into loaf. Place in a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Flavorful Herb Bread in Light & Tasty October/November 2003, p8

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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"My daughter and I were on a "roll" this Sunday. I wanted to try something nice , but not the white bread. Something to go with home made chicken and noodle dumplings. I added some different herbs I prefer and garlic powder. I really do not like to make bread. I was hesitant. But this bread had a great rise and so easy to work with. If you are trying a home made loaf of bread the first time, THIS is the one. And how heavenly it smells baking!! Thanks for such a great recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. This was the first ever bread I have baked and it came out beautiful! I can't stay out of the kitchen now..."

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