Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread
Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread is our favorite breadmaker recipe. Hands down. No comparison. This is our go-to homemade bread recipe. I make it almost weekly for company. Without exception, they and we RAVE over this amazing dinner bread. We love breads especially dinner breads. This one is bursting with flavor. Marjoram, thyme, and basil saturate this wonderful loaf. This is a great bread to serve with any meal. It always comes out perfectly and has a delicious taste.
We like it with comfort foods like soups and stews, but also with casseroles, meat and potatoes. I have made this delicious bread probably more than any other loaf because it is so easy and so tasty. I’ve also made this loaf dozens of times for families I’ve taken a meal to. It takes 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the breadmaker. It takes less than 3 hours to bake. So if I need to make a quick meal on the spur of the moment, this bread is always on the menu!
This recipe is from the Black and Decker manual that came with our Black and Decker breadmaker. We purchased it back in the 1990s. We finally got rid of that old breadmaker, but I’ve kept all the recipes. The original Black ‘N Decker’s model took only 2 hours on the rapid rise setting. My current breadmaker takes close to three hours.
It’s great if you want to have a nice home baked loaf of bread in a very short period of time. (By the way, I can’t find any of their recipes on their website, though a few people who have their breadmakers have posted some of the recipes on line). I’ve made it with Crisco shortening (from the original recipe). I’ve also substituted olive oil with great results. It is also good with two teaspoons each of dried basil, marjoram and thyme. Sometimes I try that, rather than the 1 1/2 teaspoons suggested in the original recipe. It is just mouthwateringly good. Especially when it’s hot out of the breadmaker and slathered with butter. Yum.
If you’re looking for a fantastic breadmaker bread recipe, consider giving this recipe a try. This bread is not one you will soon forget. This bread has no preservatives in the batter. So make sure you only leave this bread out on your counter or in your bread box for no more than two days. After that you will need to refrigerate the bread so it doesn’t grow mold.
I initially posted this recipe about a week and a half after I began my blog. The pictures were of poor quality so I remade the recipe in February 2013. But even those pictures were inferior, so I decided to remake this recipe again (January 2015). I made it for a family in our Sunday school class where the wife recently had surgery. I reshot the pictures, too, so you can have a better appreciation of this tasty bread recipe.
Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread is a marvelous breadmaker bread.
We like this bread served with butter and jam.
I love the fact that this bread takes only two to three hours to bake!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. You can also use olive oil instead of Crisco.
Measure out hot water and pour into breadmaker loaf pan. Add dry milk powder and Crisco shortening. I have also used olive oil and canola oil and gotten good results. Add sugar and salt.
I always use bread flour when making yeast breads — either in the breadmaker or by kneading myself. Mom said it had more gluten which helped all the ingredients to adhere better and not make the bread all crumbly. Even though Black and Decker suggests using all purpose flour, I ALWAYS use bread flour.
Add bread flour, basil, thyme, marjoram, bread machine yeast. My breadmaker rapid rise option bakes this bread in 1 hour 58 minutes.
After removing the bread from the breadmaker pan, butter the top and sides of the bread. This prevents the bread from getting too hard and crusty on the outside.
Slice down the bread. An electric knife works wonderfully. Mom always liked to toast homemade bread already buttered in the oven. She would broil it about 5 minutes in the oven, and then we would eat it spread with jam. So tasty.
Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread is so tasty. You can see the wonderful, soft texture of this bread. Flecks of basil, marjoram and thyme enhance the delectable taste of this bread.
Here’s the recipe.
RAPID RISE ITALIAN HERB BREAD
(Recipe from our Black & Decker Breadmaker)
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- 3 tbsp. powdered milk
- 2 tbsp. [url href=”http://www.crisco.com/” target=”_blank” title=”crisco shortening”]Crisco[/url] shortening or olive oil
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- 4 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal[/url] bread flour
- 1 ½ tsp. dried marjoram
- 1 ½ tsp. dried basil
- 1 ½ tsp. dried thyme
- 2 tsp. [url href=”http://www.breadworld.com/” target=”_blank” title=”fleishmann’s yeast”]Fleishmann’s [/url]bread machine yeast
- Measure ingredients in the order listed into bread-maker baking pan.
- (You will need one the size for a 2-lb. loaf).
- Ours bakes for 1 hour 58 minutes at the Rapid Rise setting.
- Allow bread to rest 15 minutes before removing from bread canister.
- Brush top and sides with melted butter to prevent crusts hardening.
- Cool 15 minutes longer before slicing down.
- Yield: 20 half slices.
We love this marvelous Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread served with butter and jam.
We have made Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread hundreds of times! I serve it almost weekly to company!