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Garlic Herb and Cheese Bread

Italian Herbs & Cheese Bread is a soft, easy to make homemade bread bursting with fresh flavors! Herbs and cheese combine in this incredible savory bread recipe
Prep Time1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gerlic Herb and Cheese Bread
Servings: 8
Calories: 348kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk lukewarm
  • .25 oz fast-acting dry yeast 2.25 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened + additional butter to brush the surface
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped

Instructions

Make Bread Dough

  • In a large bowl, whisk the yeast, honey, and warm milk together. Whisk in the eggs.
  • Add one cup of flour, whisk. Add 2 tablespoons of the softened butter. Add another cup of flour, and salt, then whisk until all the flour is incorporated. Continue adding flour, a bit at a time, until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl when stirred.
  • Continue kneading for about 5-8 minutes, until a smooth dough forms.

1st Rise

  • Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for one hour or until doubled in size. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Finely chop the herbs. In a small bowl, combine the remaining butter, garlic, herbs, and parmesan.

Spread Dough with Herbs

  • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface & knead for 3-4 minutes. Roll the dough out to a large rectangle. Spread the herb butter over the top.
  • Roll up the dough tightly to form a log. Using a sharp knife, cut the log longwise, leaving the last inch of the dough intact on one end. Twist the two strands around themselves, then form a wreath. Pinch ends to seal.

2nd Rise & Bake

  • Carefully transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover the wreath loosely with plastic, then let it stand until soft and nearly doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven & let cool for 10-15 minutes. Brush the top of the bread with butter & enjoy!

Notes

*In lieu of using fresh herbs, you can use 2 tsp Italian seasoning instead, if desired. 

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg