French Herb Bread

French Herb Bread


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About this recipe: Crusty, chewy bread ribboned with a savory filling. This is an authentic French recipe.

Aronna Palmer

Serves: 12 

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups (430g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60g) margarine
  • 1/2 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) margarine

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr proofing  ›  Ready in:2hr 

  1. In a large bowl combine the yeast, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the salt and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.
  2. In a sauce pan combine the milk, water and 1/4 cup of the butter or margarine until 38 degrees C (110 degrees F). Add milk mixture and vinegar to the flour mixture and blend at low speed of the mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1 1/2 cups additional flour to form a sticky dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead adding 1/2 to 1 cup more of flour until dough is smooth and pliable. Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume.
  4. Punch down dough and roll into a rectangle shape about 40cmx20cm.
  5. In a saucepan heat the onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, parsley and 2 tablespoons butter or margarine until butter or margarine is melted. Spread over the dough rectangle and starting from the 40cm side roll the dough up tightly like a jelly roll.
  6. Place the bread seam side down onto a greased cookie sheet and let rise until doubled in sized.
  7. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).
  8. Bake bread until golden brown about 20 to 30 minutes. Brush hot bread with melted butter and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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