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Rosemary Garlic Braid

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hours + rising Bake: 25 min.

Makes

3 loaves (12 slices each.)

This moist savory bread pairs nicely with a variety of main dishes. It's great with soup...and makes a wonderful grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I came up with the recipe a few years ago when I wanted to use up the fresh rosemary in my garden. -Cori Oakley, Traverse City, Michigan
Rosemary Garlic Braid Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 5 whole garlic bulbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary or 4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth
  • 9 to 9-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 packages (1/4 ounce each) quick-rise yeast
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt

Directions

  1. Remove papery outer skin from garlic (do not peel or separate cloves). Cut top off garlic heads, leaving root end intact. Place cut side up in a small baking dish. Brush with oil; sprinkle with rosemary.
  2. Cover and bake at 425° for 30-35 minutes or until softened. Cool for 10 minutes; squeeze softened garlic into a bowl. Add broth; lightly mash.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, water and 1/2 cup butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened.
  4. Beat in egg and garlic paste until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes
  5. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Divide each portion into three pieces; shape each into an 18-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  6. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Melt remaining butter; add garlic salt. Brush over bread. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 164 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 320mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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