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Garlic-Herb Braid Recipe

Garlic-Herb Braid Recipe

Savory flavors of rosemary, dill, garlic and basil blend beautifully in this homey loaf that goes great 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. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 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
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional 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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cas378 User ID: 4880004 268696
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2026635 259562
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

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

gussymo User ID: 2019388 258681
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1196484 217209
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8107364 188427
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"this is the best and it looks amazing"

wjamanda User ID: 6518294 188381
Reviewed 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!"

cnshumate User ID: 1963793 169993
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"This bread was great. I left out the dill."

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 116954
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"easy and delicious!!"

sandyekren User ID: 6257894 174427
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I loved this. It was easy, pretty and tasted delicious."

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 104511
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"This is an amazing recipe! Since I found it I have been making it time and time again with requests for more!"

mncaudill User ID: 1935236 185648
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Excellent bread and easy to make! To speed up the rising, I invert the lid on a crockpot and place the baking sheet with the dough on top of it. Turn the crockpot on low and it provides the perfect amount of warmth to allow the bread to rise...even in a cold kitchen."

kmu021 User ID: 3347263 102757
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"easy and delicious!! I will be making this a lot more often!!"

dmgreco User ID: 1901944 108647
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"I made this bread for Mother's Day and it came out looking just like the picture! It tasted great and was a hit at dinner."

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 104506
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"Wonderful flavor. Be sure to let it rise well or is too dense."

kermitbuttercup User ID: 2854094 127855
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This is so delicious, i would definitely would make again, very easy to make!!!!!"

jeanray1113 User ID: 4804287 118874
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"A wonderfully flavored bread that can be ready to serve in 2 hours. I sauteed minced fresh garlic (2 cloves)instead of using garlic powder. I would do this again, but would use more garlic."

JRW114 User ID: 4774678 116953
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"Yum. Left out the dill and added about 1/2 tsp pepper. Dense and a little sweet."

maryclay User ID: 4574301 185642
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

"I don't usually get along very well with yeast but this was fantastic!"

auntdonna User ID: 7819 104505
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"As soon as the magazine came, I made this bread to see if it would be okay to take to a family Christmas. It was delicious, so made it and took it and everyone raved about it. Am making it again this week for company. Hope there is some left to have the next day. It is so simple to fix, especially when the bread machine does all the kneading for me."

Ethel2 User ID: 1916758 168662
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2009

"I made this braid for Christmas dinner and it was a hit. People talked about it the next day as they finished it off. Will make this one again and again. Thanks for sharing this with us."

chickpea2008 User ID: 1778490 169991
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I took this bread to work and everyone raved about how good and moist it was!"

cmn0507 User ID: 3901671 187313
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"simple to make suprized by how much bread this makes"

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