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Flavorful Herb Bread

This bread is one of my favorites. It has a wonderful texture and slices beautifully, and the flavor of the herbs really comes through. (Psst—If you don't have a bread machine on hand, learn how to make bread without one!) —Gerri Hamilton, Kingsville, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 3-4 hours
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 1 cup warm whole milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast


  • In a bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or flour if needed).
Editor's Note
We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 125 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • memorylane
    Nov 6, 2020

    For those of you who would like info on a traditional bread making method for this recipe, it is no different than following any other traditional recipe. Start with the liquids, egg, add the instant yeast, then sugar (or pre-risen traditional yeast/sugar/ water for ten minutes) then half the flour; add the salt (never let the salt touch the yeast directly or it can affect how the bread rises). Add the rest of the flour. Oil a bowl; let rise about an hour and 15-30 mins. until double or when you poke your finger into the dough your thumbprint leaves an indentation. Make into buns or bread. Let rise until double about 45-60 mins. depending how warm your kitchen is; I usually turn the thermostat up to 25c; the dough will rise beautifully! Bake 18 mins. @ 400 for buns until golden or 20 mins. for small bread pans and 22-25 for regular loaf pans. I never use the cook cycle in the bread machine as I find this is a good way to ruin a great recipe. For me it is a bread mixer only. I’ve been making bread this way for over 30 years; including sweet and specialty doughs. Any bread machine recipe can be converted this way. I have used traditional, instant, pizza and bread machine yeast interchangeably all this time. The only thing to remember is that the yeast must be put into the liquids. If not, bits of yeast will be throughout your cooked bread. Regular recipes can be converted to bread machine recipes in kind successfully by dividing by the number of cups of flour your machine uses. Example: traditional recipe calls for 12 cups flour and your machine calls for 4 cups; divide all the ingredients by 3 except the yeast which I always use 1 1/2 for white flour only and 2 tsps for white and grain flours because of their heavier weight. Hope this helps!

  • Jeanne
    Nov 6, 2020

    You can find bread machines at Thrift Stores now, $5-10 each! I bought 2 so I can make 1 more for a gift. E-Z P-Z! This worked well but I like to use Italian Seasoning from an herb bottle. It has a variety of seasonings.

  • dream cook
    Nov 4, 2020

    It looks great but I don’t have a bread machine.

  • Maeve
    Jul 12, 2020

  • Abriel
    May 24, 2019

    Really wish that there were steps where others without the bread machine could make it, it sounds like it would be delicious. :(

  • Finn40416
    Feb 1, 2019

    The settings on bread machines bake the bread for a programmed amount of time; then signal when the cycle is over. I LOVE my machine!

  • voxstellarum
    Jan 18, 2019

    I'd love to make this bread in the traditional fashion (don't have a bread machine), but the instructions don't say how long the bread is suppose to bake (just says "bake according to bread machine directions." How long is that?

  • MNoga
    Dec 24, 2018

    Best bread ever. My daughter-in-law had to make it for me ,as I don't have a bread machine and there were no manual directions. It's especially good toasted and slathered with butter-(OK I know that's not healthy- but it's delicious!)

  • John
    Nov 22, 2018

    Digital scales are really cheap these days. Cups and teaspoons are inaccurate for the weighing of ingredients. It doesn't take too much more time to record the weight for a recipe. The results are so much better. Please do it. Thanks

  • ojc0806
    Oct 17, 2018

    Easy to make and tastes great!