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Garlic Herb Bubble Loaf

I adapted an old sour cream bread recipe for this deliciously different pull-apart loaf that smells heavenly while baking. It has a light crust, tender interior and lots of herb and butter flavor. We think it's wonderful with a hot bowl of potato soup. —Katie Crill, Priest River, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 1/2 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, thyme and rosemary, crushed


  • In bread machine pan, place the first 7 ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1-2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Divide dough into 36 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. In a shallow bowl, combine butter, garlic and herbs. Dip each ball in mixture; place in an ungreased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown (cover loosely with foil if bread browns too quickly). Remove from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 141 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Jellybug
    Sep 27, 2018

    Easy and Delicious

  • justmbeth
    Sep 18, 2017

    Enjoyed making this for my Sunday homemade bread selection. Herbs were not as overpowering as they are with some herb loaves.

  • brandhorstb
    Nov 6, 2016

    I used leftover French onion dip instead of plain sour cream and my family loved it! Glad I baked it in a stoneware pan as the bottom got golden brown. It may have burnt in a metal pan. I will try baking at 350 degrees next time.

  • TriciaAG
    Oct 26, 2016

    I made this recently for our family Sunday meal with my sister and her family. We all agreed that it was 'OK', but it didn't knock our socks off. Garlic powder might be a better choice than fresh, as the garlic taste was not noticeable.

  • Nitacava
    Oct 19, 2016

    Really liked the bread. I used frozen bread to save time and it worked beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

  • Deaconrosey
    Oct 18, 2016

    Can you make this in a loaf bread?Love this recipe very tasty but too much time doing 36 pieces

  • teryn69
    Oct 18, 2016

    @Christine, heat your water to 120 degrees, put in a bowl and stir in yeast and sugar. Let it sit about 5 minutes till frothy. Add the flour, salt, sour cream and melted butter. Knead about 8 minutes, adding flour if needed, or water if it appears to be dry. You can also do the kneading in a stand mixer if you have one, just make sure you proof the yeast as I said above first. Then follow the rest of the instructions as written. Hope this helps.

  • Christine
    Oct 17, 2016

    I want to make this, but I do not own a bread maker. Do you have alternative directions?

  • AmandaLG
    Feb 20, 2016

    My family and I love this recipe, I brought it to Christmas dinner and was told to just plan on bringing it again and again! It is soft and moist with a good combination of herbs and butter.

  • Willieswifejw
    Aug 8, 2014

    Yummy! I changed out the butter with olive oil. It was delicious!