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Country Sage Bread

This recipe was given to me more than 15 years ago by a friend. The unique combination of sage, celery seed and nutmeg makes this bread deliciously different.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, celery seed, salt, sage, nutmeg, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Shape into a round loaf. Place in a greased 8-in. or 9-in. pie plate. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pie plate to a wire rack to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 119 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Loiosh
    Jan 18, 2020

    This bread is fantastic for poultry sandwiches and stuffing! The only changes I made were to sub out apple cider for the water and maple syrup for the sugar. Fall canape recipe: thin slice the bread into 2" squares, broil on one side, flip, top with shaved turkey, apple slice, and cheddar, broil to melt cheese, and awesome appetizer!

  • Joscy
    Jan 23, 2014

    Am particularly fond of the herb, sage. Kinda stumbled upon this recipe. As a Type I iabetic, must limit carbohydrates, so was pleased to see only 20 carbs per slice. Generally 1 carb is 15 mg., accarding to ADA. Will definitelymake soon. Thank you for sharing!