Freshly-Baked Herb Bread!

Anita's Herb Bread

Here's a recipe for Herb Bread (included in the RECIPE eBook) using Anita's Super Easy Bread.

This time I've added good old Italian Herbs to the dough recipe to create this alternative.

There's nothing that's too much like hard work or too fancy here, and the aroma this bread puts out while baking is mouthwatering... getting a grumbling tummy as I write this!

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Ingredients for Herb Bread:

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3-1/4 cups PLAIN flour (not bread or strong flour, just plain!)
  • 3 tablespoons dried Italian herbs, more or less

How to Make Anita's Herb Bread:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, put in the flour, add the yeast packet, and the salt and mix well. Add the herbs, mixing well—use enough so that you can actually see the herbs! Then add the 120°F water. Use one hand to mix it all up and use the back of a knife blade to scrape your hand clean! That tip was passed down from my mom!
  2. Let sit out at room temperature covered with an old (clean!) tea towel, for one hour, to rise.
  3. Knock down the risen dough, cover again, and let sit for another hour.
  4. Turn the oven to 450°F, fill a shallow container with tap water (I use a small rectangular baking tin from the Dollar Store for this) and place it directly underneath your pizza stone, on the next rack down. Leave enough room above the pizza stone's rack so the dough can rise and not burn.
  5. Shape the dough into an oblong loaf, pulling the sides down and under to create a nice smooth top. Put this dough on top of your pizza paddle with parchment paper directly on top of the paddle. This enables the dough to slide off the paddle, directly onto the stone in the oven.
  6. Make a couple of slashes across your dough with a sharp knife and let sit on the parchment paper, on the paddle, while the oven heats up.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove the parchment paper: Pull out the oven shelf, use an oven mitt - grab a corner of the parchment paper, and use a small spatula to separate the bread from the paper. Usually, the paper will just slide right on out. Push the shelf back in and we're ready to finish baking!
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. Take the bread out and tap it, it should sound hollow when done.
  9. Let cool completely (yeah, right). Spread with butter. Indulge. Enjoy.

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Two Variations:
Plain Herb Bread

Herbed Anita Bread, whole and sliced

And Herb Bread with
Garlic, Cheese, and Onion!

To make this, just add a sprinkle of garlic powder, onion powder, and as much cheese as you like to the herb bread recipe on this page. Watch it while it bakes; you don't want to burn the cheese!

Herbed Anita Bread, with Garlic, Onion, and Cheese!

Anita's Super Easy Bread base recipe is HERE.

Herb Combinations: Sweet or Sour!

With this recipe, there are infinite ways you can make and bake it. Let your imagination go.

Try these herb combinations:

  • Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano - a classic Italian blend
  • Basil, Oregano, Parsley - a fresh Mediterranean mix
  • Sage, Rosemary, Thyme - an earthy blend
  • Cilantro, Basil, Dill - a bright, herby flavor
  • Garlic, Onion, Chives - savory and aromatic
  • Jalapeño, Cilantro, Lime - a flavorful Southwestern flair
  • Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon Zest - a floral, citrusy combination
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom - warm spices for a sweet bread
  • Fennel, Anise, Poppy Seeds - aromatic seeds with licorice hints

If you're thinking about making your bread on the sweet side, consider these sweet combos, just add them to the bread mix, a handful should suffice:

  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger - Warming spices that add sweet flavor
  • Orange or lemon zest - Bright citrus notes
  • Lavender - Floral, sweet aroma
  • Honey or agave nectar - Natural liquid sweeteners
  • Dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or apricots - Tangy sweetness
  • Walnuts or pecans - Toasty, rich nuts with sweet undertones
  • Sweet onion, roasted garlic, or shallots - Use Vidalias, Walla Wallas, or Mauis as they are the sweetest (read more here).
  • Plain yogurt or milk - Adds moisture and a touch of sweet tanginess
  • Sprinkle of coarse sugar on top - A sweet, crunchy crust

Use your favorite herb combos and when you find a winner, send us a note. We'd love to feature your “herby combos” on Easy Food Dehydrating!

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