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Scarborough Fair Herb Bread Recipe

Our dinner group hosted a meal with the theme of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, which are mentioned in Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" song. Those herbs fabulously flavor this delightful bread.—Laurel Leslie, Sonora, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons each minced fresh sage, rosemary and thyme
  • 2-1/2 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and herbs. Add water; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Shape into two loaves. Place in greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Brush with butter. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 95 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 151 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.