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herb bread recipe – this is an italian recipe of an easy, simple and a no fuss herb bread made from a combo of whole wheat flour, all purpose flour and olive oil.

the herbs which i have added to the bread are fresh basil, fresh parsley and dry rosemary along with sun dried tomatoes.

the result is a chewy, dense and aromatic bread flavored with the herbs and sun dried tomatoes. if you make the bread totally with all purpose flour/maida, then the bread won’t be chewy and dense.

i kneaded the dough in the afternoon and by the time the bread was leavening & when i had to bake it….  it was night. so the baking pics have been shot in night time. once the baked bread was cooled down, i warmly snugged these in a kitchen napkin and kept in the fridge. for our morning breakfast i warmed the breads with the morning tea.

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this herb bread recipe is eggless as well as dairy free. have adapted this recipe from the vegetarian mediterranean cooking book. i would like to share few more delicious bread recipes like white bread, brown bread, fruit bread and pita bread.

lets begin step by step recipe of making herb bread:

1: the proofing needs to be done first. mix the sugar with warm water. add the dry yeast to this mixture. stir and leave in a warm place for the 10 to 12 minutes or till the mixture becomes frothy.

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2: mix the chopped fresh herbs, dry rosemary, sun dried tomatoes, salt and olive oil in a large mixing bowl.

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3: add both the flours to this and mix together.

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4: now add the yeast mixture and mix everything together.

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5: add some warm water if required and knead into a smooth dough on a lightly floured surface. the dough should not be sticky.

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6: put the dough back into the same bowl. apply olive oil over the dough.

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7: cover with a cling film and leave in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or until the dough becomes double in size.

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8: the risen dough after 1 hour

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9: knead again until smooth and elastic. make round or oval shapes of the dough and arrange them on an oiled sheet. slightly make a criss cross pattern on the top of each loaf with a knife.

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10: cover loosely with a lid and keep again in a warm place for 15-20 minutes or until well risen. preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. brush the bread buns with little olive oil, sprinkle some rosemary leaves and salt. bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. the base should sound hollow when they are tapped.

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serve italian herb bread warm.

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if you are looking for more bread recipes then do check fruit bread, garlic bread, whole wheat breadjam bread rolls, garlic bread rolls and basil focaccia bread recipe.

italian herb bread recipe details below:

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italian herb bread
 
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italian herb bread made from a combo of whole wheat flour, all purpose flour and olive oil and the herbs used for making bread are fresh basil, fresh parsley and dry rosemary along with sun dried tomatoes.
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RECIPE TYPE: bread
CUISINE: world
SERVES: 2
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dry active yeast
  • ½ cup water or add as required
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh herbs or about 1 to 1.5 tbsp dry herbs - rosemary, basil, parsley
  • 8-9 sun dried tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • salt as required
  • sea salt flakes or rock salt for sprinkling
  • fresh rosemary leaves or dry rosemary for sprinkling
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. proof the yeast by adding it to the ½ cup warm water & sugar mixture.
  2. keep in a warm place for 10 to 12 minutes, till the mixture bubbles.
  3. mix the chopped herbs, sundried tomatoes, olive oil and salt together.
  4. add the flours and mix well.
  5. now add the yeast mixture and continue to mix.
  6. add some 1 or 2 tbsp water if required to bind the dough.
  7. knead into a smooth and pliable dough. the dough should not be sticky.
  8. rub olive oil all over the dough and keep it covered in a bowl for 30-40 minutes or for more time, till it doubles in size.
  9. knead again until smooth and elastic. make round or oval shapes of the dough and arrange them on an oiled sheet. slightly make a criss cross pattern on the top of each loaf with a knife.
  10. cover loosely with a lid or kitchen towel and keep again in a warm place for 15-20 minutes or until well risen.
  11. preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  12. brush the bread buns with little olive oil, sprinkle some rosemary leaves and salt. bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. the base should sound hollow when they are tapped.
  13. serve italian herb bread warm.




{ 32 Responses }

  1. ansuya says

    Hi Dassana,
    Today I tried making Italian herb bread. The taste was very good. I baked in the middle shelf in optima OTG , but still the bottom of the bun got burnt. I covered with aluminium foil both the bottom and top of the tray but still the bread bottom got burnt. I baked at 200 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes as mentioned in the recipe. Please suggest how to avoid the bun getting burnt. Thank you.

      • Ansuya says

        Thanks Dassana for the suggestions. Today I tried again but this time the buns turned out hard. They are not soft. I followed the recipe as mentioned in your blog. If I take out before the time , there is no hollow sound at the bottom of the bun. Please suggest how to get soft buns.

        • says

          welcome ansuya. i think some issue with the yeast proofing. thats why the bread has not come out soft. if the dough is leavened well then you can actually hear the hollow sound. try to use good quality yeast.

  2. Preeti says

    Hi Dassana – thanks for your bread recipes. This is the first time I am going to venture making breads at home and wanted to ask if a small normal otg (oven/toaster/grill) kind of oven would suffice. and also should i bake on the middle rack?

  3. woofyee says

    Hi,
    i have a question. when you use whole wheat flour do you use the regular one or WHITE whole wheat flour? i heard that white whole wheat flour will make a lighter bread.
    thank you!

    • says

      woofyee, i live in india and the kind of whole wheat flour which we get here is made from hard durum wheat. this is the only flour we get locally. i have heard about white whole wheat flour and you can use that also.

  4. Fishy says

    Hi,
    I really like the look of the breads!
    I have one question, in my country it’s really hard to get fresh herbs, isn’t 3/4 cups too much if I’m using dried herbs?
    Oh, and one more question, how many breads does this recipe make?

    P/s sorry for my poor grammar, english is not my native language.

    Thank you!

  5. Radhika says

    Hi Dassana,

    It’s only thanks to your wonderful bread recipes and encouragement that I got the confidence and courage to make this bread . The bread was really delicious ! Thanks a lot.

    One question… How do you store your baked bread and if stored in a fridge, what is the best way to warm the cold bread.???

    • says

      thanks radhika. do try baking more different types of breads and you will get confident in bread baking. i wrap the bread in a foil or keep in an airtight box in the fridge. i sometimes preheat the oven and warm the bread or warm them in the microwave. otherwise if its a loaf, then i slice and warm the slices on the tava.

  6. Rima Ghosh says

    hi ,your recipes r reallyfabulous.i really like thm vrymuch.thank u vry much fr ur eggless banana bread recipe.i hd the recipe bfr bt lost it and was searching fr this recipe,evn askd a lot of people bt no one could help me.suddnly i saw this recipe n tryd it in microve,n wow at last my search ended.urs is far more better thn th one i usd to make.thanks a ton.really overjoyd aftr trying it out.im just speechless n dnt knw hw to thnk u.i will b greatfull if u help me wth sm no onion n no garlic recipes.is th recipe of white bread n brown[atta]bread same.thanks a lot once again.u just made my day.all my family members lvd th eggless banana bread vry much.

    • says

      thanks a lot rima. you are welcome dear. the white bread recipe is made with maida or all purpose flour. you can use this recipe with whole wheat flour too or half-half of both. usually stone milled atta absorbs a lot of water due to the presence of wheat germ. so you may have to add more water while kneading. i will post brown bread recipe soon.
      for no onion no garlic recipes, here is the link: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/no-onion-no-garlic-recipes/

  7. savvy says

    i really like ur recipes. Do keep sending the new ones. when i read ur recipes they really seem authentic & taste fabulous , lip smacking. I want to request u that please send me a recipe of eggless fluffy cake. I have tried many a time with milkmaid, curd ,pepsi but it never rises enough but i always get a cake soggy from inside. I never get a market like yummy cake. Please help me with ur recipe as mine is a pure vegetarian family they dont buy it from market as they believe that bakers do add egg in the cake. Pls! pls!pls!

    • says

      thanks dear. even i don’t buy cakes from out. i will post a good fluffy eggless cakes soon as i have got many requests for the same.

    • says

      hey anamika, do try making breads at home. you will get addicted to them. they are much much healthy and better than the store brought ones.