Italian Herb Bread

  • Prep Time: 3 hrs
  • Total Time: 3 hrs 35 mins
  • Serves: 32,Yield: 2loaves
  • About This Recipe

    “Fresh herbs infuse this hearty italian loaf! Prep time includes rising time.”

    Ingredients

  • 1tablespoondry yeast
  • 2cupswater
  • 2tablespoonssugar
  • 1/4 cupolive oil
  • 1tablespoonsea salt
  • 2tablespoonsfresh basil
  • 2tablespoonsfresh oregano
  • 1teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1teaspoononion powder
  • 1/2 cupfreshly grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 6cupsall-purpose flour
  • Directions

  • Mix yeast, warm water and sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside for five minutes, or until mixture becomes foamy.
  • Stir in olive oil, salt, herbs, garlic powder, onion powder, cheese and 3 cups flour into the yeast mixture.
  • Gradually mix in next three cups of flour. (Dough will be stiff). Knead for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Place in an oiled bowl, turning to cover sides with oil. Cover with a damp linen towel, or plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 hour, or until dough has doubled.
  • Punch down to release all the air. Shape into two loaves. Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet, or into two 9×5 inch, greased pans.
  • Allow to rise for 1/2 hour again, until doubled in a warm place.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  • Remove loaves from pans and let cool on wire racks for at least 15 minutes, before slicing.
  • Reviews

  • “YUM!! I used crushed garlic instead of garlic powder for this recipe and it was divine! I’ll definately be making this again one day!”

  • “This was a superb recipe!My fiance and I nearly gorged ourselves on the bread without looking at the main course it was served beside!The smell of the herbs and the garlic infused so well.It fulfills everything:smell, texture, and taste.WONDERFUL!”

  • “This Italian bread is Excellent! The smell of it cooking in your oven is wonderful and the taste is just as wonderful! I agree with the others that this would also make a great pizza dough!”

  • “Absolutely incredible!Made this to go in an Italian Dinner Gift Basket and kept one loaf out for us!We went through the loaf in about 10 minutes, it was that great.My second rising took about 45 minutes, but other than that, I followed the recipe exact.I shaped my loaves instead of using pans and they looked lovely.I agree that this dough would make a great pizza crust…can’t wait to try it!Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!”

  • “This bread was simply wonderful!!! It made 12 rolls and 1 loaf of bread.I am going to use this recipe the next time I make homemade pizza.This would make terrific pizza crust!!!”

  • “This is a fantastic bread!I have made it twice.The first time I didnt have bread flour so I used regular AP flour.The second time I used the bread flour but I found the bread to be much heavier than with the AP flour.So for me I will stick with the AP.I also used lots of fresh crushed garlic too.I made bruschetta with this bread and they disappeared very quick!Thanks for a great recipe.”

  • “I took many shortcuts with this recipe and it still turned out so good that I would give it 10 stars if I could!I halved the recipe, used dried spices, used an Italian blend of cheese (had romano plus 5 other kinds), and threw it in the breadmaker.It took 5 minutes prep time, 3.5 hours machine time, and was SO good!Both DH and I had to have a slice as soon as it came out of the ABM!I’m sorry that I made so many changes, but thanks for a great recipe that I will making often!”

  • “Excellent! My 1st attempt at bread making, just wonderful.I used fresh herbs and added garlic. I did not have onion powder, so used freshly chopped onions. I also made this in a bread machine, so it was very very simple to make. I used All-purpose flour and rapid rise yeast.Thanks for a great recipe.”

  • “Ooohh this bread is soo good.I was brining it down to my basement last Fri for it’s second rising and found I had a flood in the basement.I ignored the bread & took care of the basement.A few hours later I put it in the oven as I was hungry.What a wonderful tasty loaf and it saved my sanity on a very tough day!!”

  • “OMG S’kat!This bread is AWESOME!!Makes me wonder why I ever was afraid of yeast in the first place…This was so easy to put together…only about 20 minutes of actual “work” time, the rest was rising and baking.The dough is pretty stiff, and I was worried at first, but the result was a lovely, flavor packed loaf of heaven!I served it spread lightly with butter, and we ended up eating one whole loaf at dinner!I will be making this often!If I could give it more stars I would!Thanks S’kat!! :)”

  • “This bread is delicious!!! I added some olives and it was amazing!!! My family loved it! I think this would be a great pizza base. I’ll definitely try that next time I’m making pizza! 🙂 5 stars!!!”

  • “This was a wonderful recipe. I had all of the fresh herbs in my garden and added some rosemary and minced onions instead of onion powder. Delicious!”

  • “This bread was good but I wouldnt go as far as giving it a 5 star rating. I didnt have fresh basil or oregano so I used dried. It was good my family loved i,but bottom line I have had better homeade italian bread”

  • “this is a great recipe! i chopped onions and garlic and put it in the bread, along with some basil and fresh sage. It was great, crispy on the outside and sooo yummy on the inside.”

  • “Easy and delicious. I had no frsh oregano so I subbed 1/2 tsp dried. It worked great.”

  • “I’ve made this bread successfully. It’s so delicious either eat dirrectly or with a dip.”

  • “very very very yummy! I made this in one big loaf in my ceramic coated cast iron pot and it turned out lovely! Golden and crispy on the outside and very fluffy aon the inside.”

  • “Fantastic bread!The first time I made it I made both loaves, one for a date that night and the other to share with my 20 housemates.Suffice it to say I took it as a good sign when the loaf that I set out was gone within the hour!Hubby loved it as well.Thanks for sucha great recipe!”

  • “We liked this bread very much.It was crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.Just what I was looking for to go with our Beef and Gravy.”

  • “This bread is very good and fairly simple to make. Thanks for posting. ~Buddha”

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