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Garlic-Herb Braid

Savory flavors of rosemary, dill, garlic and basil blend beautifully in this homey loaf that goes 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.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 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, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • 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.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 169 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 257mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • Justine
    Apr 14, 2020

    This is the easiest and most tastiest bread to make. I left out the Dill, Basil and Rosemary and substituted it just with Thyme. I also sauteed some onions, garlic and some green pepper and then added the milk, water and butter to it to heat up. It was absolutely divine and it looks like it is complicated to make but super easy, everyone was impressed.

  • BourbonCountyCulinary
    Oct 23, 2018

    This is the best bread. Easy to make and tastes wonderful. It's a beautiful loaf of bread!

  • cas378
    Jun 29, 2017

    When I really want to wow guests, or just my family, I make this bread. It turns out wonderfully amazing every time. We love to dip it in olive oil with dipping spices. I also use half whole wheat flour and it works well with this bread.

  • audieclvn
    Jan 12, 2017

    Delicious!! I found this easy to make it went well with my homemade clam chowder.

  • gussymo
    Dec 26, 2016

    Wonderful bread! I did leave out the dill, as I didn't feel it went with the other spices, but otherwise made exactly per recipe. A definite keeper in my yeast bread rotation!

  • justmbeth
    Jan 7, 2015

    Bread turned out good but I do not think I'm a fan of this combination of herbs in the bread.

  • grossy6
    Nov 18, 2014

    this is the best and it looks amazing

  • wjamanda
    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!

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    Aug 5, 2013

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  • kafaughn
    Jan 6, 2013

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