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French Herb Bread

Author: Charlotte Bothe

French Herb Bread Recipe

Make your very own version of flavorful herbed peasant bread. With minimal effort and a dash of herbes de Provence, you'll feel like you've been transported to the South of France!

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4 mini loaves, or 1 large loaf


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  1. Combine all of the ingredients, and mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine set on the dough cycle — until smooth, adding additional water or flour as needed.
  2. Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 hour.
  3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces, shape into logs, and place in lightly greased mini loaf pans. For one large loaf, shape the entire piece of dough into a log and place in a lightly greased 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  4. Cover and let rise until the dough has crowned about ½" over the rims of the mini loaf pans, or 1" over the rim of the larger pan, 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the warmth of the kitchen. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake the bread for 30 to 35 minutes for the mini loaves, 35 to 40 minutes for the larger loaf. An instant-read thermometer, inserted into the center of a loaf, should register at least 190°F. Tent the bread lightly with foil if it appears to be browning too quickly.
  6. Remove the bread from the oven, turn it out of the pan, and cool on a rack.
  7. Yield: 4 mini loaves, or 1 large loaf.