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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Braided Rosemary Garlic Bread



This recipe was given to us by a friend at church.  After she shared a loaf with us we quickly asked for the recipe!  It is surprisingly easy to make and looks beautiful on your table.  Any combination of spices would be delicious:  Basil and garlic, rosemary and garlic, just garlic, or even plain would be delicious.  Whatever you choose to put in this bread, we are confident you will love this super easy bread recipe.

Ingredients

5 tsp. minced garlic (in a little water)
2 tsp. olive oil
4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 T. chicken broth

7-9 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 pkgs. (1/4 oz. each) quick-rise yeast
3 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 egg

1/4 cup butter
1-1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Directions

  Place minced garlic, rosemary, and oil in a small glass dish and microwave 1 min on HIGH.  Add chicken broth to mixture and thoroughly stir.
 
Combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
Heat milk, water, and 1/2 cup butter in microwave or on stove just until butter melts.
Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and beat until moistened.
Beat in egg and garlic mixture until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 4-6 min).
Cover and let rest for 10 min.
 
Divide dough into thirds.
Divide each portion further into 3 pieces each.
Shape each into an 18-in. rope.
Place 3 ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid.
Pinch ends to seal and tuck under.
Cover and let rise until doubled (about 30 min).
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.
Melt 1/4 cup butter.
Add garlic salt to melted butter and brush over bread.
Continue baking to 5-10 minutes longer, or until golden brown.
Let cool before cutting.

Makes 3 loaves.
 

Happy munching!

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