Easy No-Knead Herb Bread

My weight conscious husband, Harland:   What’cha making?

Me:   No -knead bread.

Harland:    I know I don’t need it.

Me:   No, I mean you don’t knead it.

Harland:   Yes, I know I don’t need it.

Me:   Argh, never mind. It’s bread with herbs in it.

Harland:   Oh, ok, sounds good.

 This is a really tasty bread recipe where you just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and then leave it there to rise – no kneading required. If you’re looking for a  easy bread to make, this is the one.

Note: If you want to leave the herbs out for a nice plain white loaf, go ahead.

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Ingredients:

(Yield: 1 Loaf)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups very warm water (120 -130 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh  or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Put 2 cups of the flour in a large mixing bowl, and then add the sugar,

salt,

and yeast.

Mix together,

then add the water,

and mix again.

Add shortening,

parsley, rosemary and thyme.

Mix until smooth.

Add remaining flour

and stir until well blended.  Scrape dough from the bowl and form into a round shape with spoon.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and then cover with towels.

Let rise for about a half hour or until double in size.

Grease 9 X 5 X 3 inch loaf pan. Stir down dough with a sturdy spoon about 25 strokes, then pour dough into loaf pan being sure to scrape all dough from bowl. With well-floured hands, pat and spread dough evenly in pan. Cover with plastic wrap and towels and let rise again about 30 minutes or until double in size.

If it over-rises and collapses, just punch the dough down, and let it rise until double. Preheat oven to 375. Bake 40 – 45 minutes until golden brown and loaf sounds hollow when tapped with your finger. Take loaf from oven, and melt a pat of butter all over the top.

Cut when loaf cools.

I like mine toasted and spread with butter. This bread goes well with soup or stew. Or spaghetti. Or chili.

Or all by itself.

Mmmmm….  When was the last time you made homemade bread?

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