Garlic Herb French Bread

Bread lovers are going to rave over this delicious recipe! Garlic Herb French Bread starts with my Easy French Bread recipe, but instead of being plain bread, I wanted to spruce it up a little bit with lots of different herbs and garlic. All I can say is that this recipe was a resounding success! If you enjoy a great tasting homemade bread this one is delightful.

I have been wanting to do an advanced version of my Easy French Bread recipe for quite some time but I’d just never gotten around to it. Then when one of my prayer partners came down with a bronchial infection I wanted to make up a quick and easy meal for her that would help her feel better as she recovered. I made up a batch of Canadian Cheese Soup (one of my personal favorites), and this delicious bread. I also sent her home with a batch of Candy Corn Cupcakes which her son promptly disposed of. 🙂

Let me make one recommendation. If you don’t have marjoram as an herb you usually keep in your pantry, go out and buy yourself some for this recipe. It makes a difference. Quite frankly, if you’ve never used marjoram in recipes before you don’t know what your missing. It’s fantastic with soups, potpies and casseroles. It also works wonderfully in breads. It is rapidly becoming one of my favorite seasonings and it’s wonderful if you can get it fresh as well.

Garlic Herb French Bread is a great addition to any main dish entree, but it’s especially good with soup, salad, and pasta. I hope you’ll give it a try soon. While we served it plain, it’s just as good as a dipper for Easy Marinara Sauce or your favorite dipping oils. You’ll find the bread heavenly–and so will your family or guests.

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Garlic Herb French Bread is awesome.

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Garlic Herb French Bread has herbs and garlic in the bread as well as spread on top with a butter sauce. 

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Every bite of this tasty bread is delectable.

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Everyone loves a loaf of garlic bread, and this one is spectacular.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Place 2 cups of bread flour in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, salt, yeast, thyme, marjoram, basil, parsley and minced garlic. Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon to combine.

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Add hot water.

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Stir to combine.

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Flour your working surface. Place dough on top of surface and sprinkle generously with more flour. I start by pushing flour into the dough with my fingers for about 15-20 seconds. 

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Knead dough working in remaining 3/4 cup flour (from the working surface and the flour that was sprinkled on top of the dough), until dough is no longer sticky. Push dough with the heel of one hand and pull dough toward you with the other hand. Sweep dough into the dough from the surface so the dough gets less and less sticky as you work it.

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It takes me about 5 to 7 minutes to knead the dough, that is about 50 pushes and pulls (kneads) per minute.

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Place dough in a greased bowl. Grease the top of the dough, too. Cover with tea towel. Place bowl in a warm surface (like on top of a dryer or a garage), or you can heat your oven for exactly one minute. Turn off oven and put covered bowl in oven. Allow dough to raise about 45 minutes.

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Punch dough down with your fist.

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Cut dough in half and roll out and shape into two loaves.

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Grease cookie sheets. Place dough on cookie sheet. I’ve made several cuts on the bread. Place dough in warm surface again, or in the oven that’s been turned on for exactly one minute. Allow bread to rise one more time – it will usually double in about 30-40 minutes.

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Bake bread at 400 for about 15-20 minutes.

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While bread is baking melt butter in a measuring cup. Add 1 tsp. parsley, and 1/8 teaspoon each of marjoram, basil, garlic powder and thyme.

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Stir ingredients to combine.

 Garlic Herb French Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This is the best homemade #frenchbread you'll ever eat! Filled with all kinds of herbs and garlic, this bread is a great side for anything #Italian. #bread

Brush loaves with butter-herb mixture as soon as the bread comes out of the oven.

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After about 15 minutes, cut bread down with an electric knife.

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Garlic Herb French Bread is a great side for anything Italian!

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Garlic Herb French Bread is so tasty with all the different herbs in it.

 

Here’s the recipe.

GARLIC HERB FRENCH BREAD

(My own concoction)

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This fabulous garlic bread is filled with lots of herbs and garlic then the top is spread with garlic butter that contains marjoram, thyme, parsley and basil. It's incredibly delicious and wonderful served with soup or your favorite Italian or pasta dish.
Garlic Herb French Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Garlic Herb French Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Combine 2 cups flour with salt, sugar, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley, minced garlic and yeast.
  2. Add hot water and beat until very well combined.
  3. Beat in enough flour to make a soft but kneadable dough.
  4. Knead 3-5 minutes.
  5. Place in a greased bowl.
  6. Grease top of dough.
  7. Cover with a tea towel, and place in oven that has been heated for exactly one minute.
  8. Turn off oven.
  9. Let dough rise about 45 minutes.
  10. Punch dough down and roll into a rectangle, or three smaller log shapes to braid.
  11. Roll up or braid dough from long end.
  12. Place on GREASED cookie sheet.
  13. Heat oven for exactly one minute.
  14. Turn off oven.
  15. Allow bread to rise one more time for 30-45 minutes.
  16. About 5 minutes before rising time ends, preheat oven to 400°.
  17. (Leave bread in oven).
  18. Bake 15-20 minutes.
  19. While bread is baking, combine melted butter, 1/8 tsp. each of marjoram, basil, thyme, garlic powder and 1 tsp. parsley.
  20. Brush top crust with melted butter mixture after removing from oven.
  21. Allow to cool a few minutes before slicing down.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: I preheat the oven to 350° for exactly one minute, then turn it off. Then I put the bowl, covered with a tea towel that I have gotten wet with hot water, in the oven and I leave the oven light on. My oven gets all steamy and it rises in no time.

NOTE: I have tried using other brands of yeast, but they usually cause this bread to fall flat during the second rise time. Fleishmann’s is the best yeast to use.

NOTE: My oven usually cooks the bread in about 15 minutes from the time I begin preheating the oven. Each oven varies.

NOTE: Preparation time does not include time required to raise bread twice.

 

[b]Garlic Herb French Bread[/b]
Recipe Type: Breads, Rolls and Muffins
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Teresa Ambra my own concoction
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 24
This fabulous garlic bread is filled with lots of herbs and garlic then the top is spread with garlic butter that contains marjoram, thyme, parsley and basil. It’s incredibly delicious and wonderful served with soup or your favorite Italian or pasta dish.
Ingredients
  • 2 ½-2 ¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. marjoram
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic from a jar or about 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 pkg. Fleishmann’s active dry yeast, or 2 ¼ tsp.
  • 1 cup hot water (120°)
  • 3 tbsp. melted, unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. each of marjoram, basil, thyme
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. parsley
Instructions
  1. Combine 2 cups flour with salt, sugar, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley, minced garlic and yeast.
  2. Add hot water and beat until very well combined.
  3. Beat in enough flour to make a soft but kneadable dough.
  4. Knead 3-5 minutes.
  5. Place in a greased bowl.
  6. Grease top of dough.
  7. Cover with a tea towel, and place in oven that has been heated for exactly one minute.
  8. Turn off oven.
  9. Let dough rise about 45 minutes.
  10. Punch dough down and roll into a rectangle, or three smaller log shapes to braid.
  11. Roll up or braid dough from long end.
  12. Place on GREASED cookie sheet.
  13. Heat oven for exactly one minute.
  14. Turn off oven.
  15. Allow bread to rise one more time for 30-45 minutes.
  16. About 5 minutes before rising time ends, preheat oven to 400°.
  17. (Leave bread in oven).
  18. Bake 15-20 minutes.
  19. While bread is baking, combine melted butter, 1/8 tsp. each of marjoram, basil, thyme, garlic powder and 1 tsp. parsley.
  20. Brush top crust with melted butter mixture after removing from oven.
  21. Allow to cool a few minutes before slicing down.
Notes
I preheat the oven to 350° for exactly one minute, then turn it off. Then I put the bowl, covered with a tea towel that I have gotten wet with hot water, in the oven and I leave the oven light on. My oven gets all steamy and it rises in no time. [br][br]I have tried using other brands of yeast, but they usually cause this bread to fall flat during the second rise time. Fleishmann’s is the best yeast to use.[br][br]My oven usually cooks the bread in about 15 minutes from the time I begin preheating the oven. Each oven varies.[br][br]Preparation time does not include time required to raise bread twice.

 Garlic Herb French Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This is the best homemade #frenchbread you'll ever eat! Filled with all kinds of herbs and garlic, this bread is a great side for anything #Italian. #bread

I served Garlic Herb French Bread with Canadian Cheese Soup.

Garlic Herb French Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This is the best homemade #frenchbread you'll ever eat! Filled with all kinds of herbs and garlic, this bread is a great side for anything #Italian. #bread

This bread is great served with your favorite Italian dish.

Garlic Herb French Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | This is the best homemade #frenchbread you'll ever eat! Filled with all kinds of herbs and garlic, this bread is a great side for anything #Italian. #bread

If you enjoy a loaf of homemade bread, you’ve got to give Garlic Herb French Bread a try.

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15 Replies to "Garlic Herb French Bread"

  • comment-avatar
    Neha kotwal June 20, 2016 (11:33 am)

    Its a wonderful recipe what can I substitute bread flour with….
    Thanks for the recipe….

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      Teresa June 20, 2016 (12:03 pm)

      Hi, Neha. This is a really good recipe. One of my favorites. Bread flour can be located in any grocery store next to regular or unbleached flour (in the US). If you can’t find any however, I would choose unbleached flour if you can find it. Even though all-purpose flour can be used it would not be my first choice because it has less gluten than bread flour (which holds everything together so that it’s not crumbly).

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        Josh Ige April 6, 2017 (12:45 am)

        Can you use a silicone bread pan to make homemade French garlic bread?

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          Teresa April 6, 2017 (4:04 pm)

          Hi Josh. You may be able to do that, but it probably works better on a cookie sheet. Regardless, make the recipe. It’s terrific!

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        Josh Ige April 11, 2017 (8:37 pm)

        Can you use fresh basil inside your dough if I can’t find dried basil leaves in your local store? Which basil seasonings is the best to use when you make this recipe. This recipe is awesome. I make this recipe for bring to church on Sunday. Everyone like it.

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          Teresa April 12, 2017 (2:39 pm)

          Hi, Josh. I’m sure you could use fresh basil. I would use one tablespoon fresh for every teaspoon of dried basil. Dry thoroughly before mincing and adding to the bread dough. I normally just use the cheapest basil I can find at the store. Nothing fancy, but it still works fine. Enjoy.

          • comment-avatar
            Josh Ige April 13, 2017 (8:32 am)

            Where did you find this recipe?

          • comment-avatar
            Teresa April 13, 2017 (11:32 am)

            Hi, Josh. I started with my Easy French Bread recipe but added the seasonings to it.

          • comment-avatar
            Josh Ige April 17, 2017 (4:39 pm)

            Can you add different seasoning to this recipe? Is fresh basil work best for this recipe? I love this recipe. I will be making this recipe again to bring to church. Does you family and friend try making this recipe? Have a great day today. Which butter is best to use when you brush on top your bread when is finished baking is it unsalted or salted butter. What is your reference?

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            Teresa April 18, 2017 (3:24 pm)

            Hi, Josh. I always use unsalted butter in recipes, but this is one of those recipes that would probably turn out well with salted butter. I think you can mix up the herbs. Some of our top choices are any combination of the following: marjoram, basil, thyme, rosemary, dill and chives.

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