Herbed Peasant Bread Recipe
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Herbed Peasant Bread Recipe

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The recipe for this beautiful flavorful loaf came from our daughter-in-law, Karen. She's a great cook. Everyone who enjoys a slice of this moist bread asks me for the recipe. It's super used for a sandwich or just served with butter. -Ardath Effa, Villa Park, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°) plus 2 tablespoons warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 121 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 252mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook onion in butter over low heat until tender. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add milk, sugar, salt, herbs, yeast and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Punch the dough down. Shape into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  5. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack; brush with melted butter. Cool. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Herbed Peasant Bread in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p29

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265723
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"Love the combination of herbs in this bread. I've even adapted this one for my bread machine."

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 257904
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2016

"Needs more salt. Otherwise, a simple bread to go with soup or salad."

Brossi User ID: 8526235 257417
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"Very nice bread. easy to make and only the second time I have made bread. Whole family enjoyed this. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 240791
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"The bread was very tasty, but when we baked it without a pan, it kind of fell flat. Maybe our levening agents were old."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 231143
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour for 1 cup regular. Turned out great."

redcow User ID: 47124 219634
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"I made this recipe today in my bread machine on manual. I made to dough into 4 balls and baked that way. EXECELLANT!!! I don't like rosemary so didn't put in. Wonderful flavor, great crumb and moist. Will be making this recipe as one of my regulars."

Brassy62 User ID: 1384949 3665
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"I love making this bread, changing the herbs to what I like, adding garlic to it as well. Makes a great addition to a big pot of soup."

kshea User ID: 2698812 1907
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"This was excellent. no stars available to rate."

bobali1 User ID: 5360751 4583
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"This recipe produces a most FANTASTIC loaf of bread. It's moist and flavorful! I will continue to make this bread to serve with my Italian food"

Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 1305
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"This bread is truely wonderful! The herbs set it above any other bread. I've made this bread a million times- and recieved a million compliments!"

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