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Herb-Crusted Bread

Minced onion and garlic plus a sprinkling of dill help perk up the flavor in this wholesome rustic-looking loaf. "The dough mixes up easily in a bread machine," comments Becky Steinberger of Denmark, Wisconsin. "I like to serve this crusty bread alongside soup, pasta and saucy tomato dishes."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 5 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup rye flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, dill weed and poppy seeds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon each coarse salt, dried minced onion, dried minced garlic, dill weed and poppy seeds


  • In a blender, process oats until finely ground. In bread machine pan, place the oats, water, sugar, oil, salt, flours, yeast and seasonings in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • When the cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loaf, about 15 in. long. Transfer to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Carefully brush dough with egg, sprinkle with salt, onion, garlic, dill and poppy seeds. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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  • akenn5_2008
    Jan 6, 2020

    I have made this recipe for my family since it was first published! My recipe was starting to get tattered so looked it up here and was happy to see the person who originally submitted the recipe had commented. I will try the small differences suggested, but it is hard to imagine this tasting even better than it does now!! My 2 cents: if your bread machine can handle the volume double the recipe and make two loaves, or make it in the stand mixer, it’s that good!

  • rlstein
    Jan 15, 2014

    Of course I would give it 5 stars, it's my recipe. But, they altered my recipe when they published it. For oats you are supposed to use 1/4 c oat flour. I use my kitchen aid stand mixer for the bread. My loaves come out nicer looking than the pic. I put the yeast and sugar in the water first and let it sit 5 minutes. This is new. I do this to be sure the yeast is good and active. I hope you try this recipe. It is very good.

  • jdaclc04
    Jul 24, 2011

    The flavor is amazing! I didn't have a bread machine. I don't think my bread raised properly.