Thursday, January 27, 2011

Italian Herb Bread

As you can see in my last post of delicious Roll-up Eggplant Lasagna, I served the lasagna with fresh homemade herb Italian bread and promised to share the recipe with you as the bread turned out so awesome! My husband's reaction after taking first bite of bread was " Wow....this is just like we get in restaurants, its delicious" :)
I am sure every wife is on the seventh cloud if her husband praises her cooking. I too was :) We both started eating bread while I was taking pictures of both the dishes (bread & lasagna)...Couldn't wait for the table to be set and eat decently like humans (not that we are not ! :P)



I had put as many herbs I could lay my hands on! Nothing beats the aroma and taste of fresh home-baked bread.I had used dried herbs but you can use fresh herbs and I bet its gonna taste even better. So people out there, heat up your oven, turn on your bread machines and bake this delicious bread.

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Ingredients:
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105-115 degree F)
1/2 cup olive oil
3-3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 tsp dried parsley

I told ya, I had put all the herbs I could lay my hands on :)

Method:
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water with 1 tbsp of sugar and keep aside for 10 minutes. If yeast is good, it will become frothy and increase in volume.
2. In the mixer of your electric mixer add 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp of sugar, garlic salt and all the herbs. With the dough hook, turn to speed 2 and mix until well blended. You can mix all these ingredients by a spatula if you plan to knead by hand.
3. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time and continue on speed 2 (or knead by hands) until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl and gets smooth and elastic. With hands, it will take about 10-15 minutes.
4. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until double in bulk.
5. Punch down down and divide in to 6 equal portions. Roll out each on of them in a rectangle, brush with olive oil and shape into a loaf.
6. Put all the 6 loafs in greased baking tray and let them sit until doubled in size (approx 30-40 min). Brush with olive oil and bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.

Are you smelling the bread already? Take it out of the oven and let it cool down for about 10 minutes. Serve Warm.......Isn't it tasty? :)


Sending this to Champa's Bake Off Event.

22 comments:

Cakewhiz said...

Oh wow! Your bread looks so soft and fluffy! It must have tasted so good with that lasagna.

Nisrine|Dinners and Dreams said...

Beautiful. I love breads that contain herbs.

BangaloreBaker said...

These look awesome. Thanks for the entry.

Tiffany said...

I love your photos, and the bread looks amazing, well done!

Prathibha said...

Wow..those breads look really exotic dear..nothing beats the home made fresh breads

Priya said...

Breads looks absolutely wonderful,soft and great..

divya said...

Beautiful clicks..Looks so perfect and awesome...

Gulmohar said...

I love them too..and as you said I would add all those herbs too..

kanmuri said...

I just found your blog and I must say I love it. I intend to try many of the recipes soon! :)

briarrose said...

Beautiful bread and it looks delicious!

Ang said...

Gorgeous! I think I would like to dip mine in some thick balsamic:)

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious herbed bread lovely crust

Santosh Bangar said...

perfect and herbs make the bread healthy nice clicks

kanmuri said...

Delicious! I'm usually not good with baking bread but this recipe worked like a charm! Next time I will put them only 15 min, tho, coz they were a bit dark,

Sumi said...

lovely bread..will definitely try it out

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Bread looks so gorgeous and has come out perfect,nice recipe! Click are cool! Thanks for visiting my space and the nice words!

Swapna said...

Soft and perfectly baked bread!!! Lovely clicks...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Simply looks perfect !!!

Sprinkled with Flour said...

This bread sounds delicious, I love the flavors:)

Aathira Nair said...

Tried this one out recently and they came out beautifully! So soft and yum!

Dchuey said...

Wow! I was looking for a nice herbed bread to pair with our Italian meals. This bread is perfect. I divided it into 4 loaves for a larger loaf for dinner, and they are great. 1 loaf gone already -had to "test" one. :-)

David Hughes said...

I also use this recipe to make rolls.
I divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll them into a small ball (similar to making bagels), then put them in a muffin tin sprayed with Pam, let them rise and bake at 425° for 13-14 mins.

I freeze them and take them out as needed and microwave them.

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