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Buttery Herb Loaves

A succulent herb butter is the secret to this bread's irresistible richness. These lovely loaves disappear quickly.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Melted butter
  • Sesame or poppy seeds


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, eggs, shortening, sugar, salt and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion to 1/16-in. thickness; cut out ten 5-in. circles from each. Combine the butter, garlic, basil, onion, caraway seeds, oregano and cayenne; spread over dough. Fold circles in half; set half aside.
  • For each loaf, start with one folded circle on a greased baking sheet with folded edge toward the right. Working from right to left, add another piece with folded edge on right side, overlapping three-fourths of the previous piece. Repeat.
  • Form a second rectangular loaf from the reserved folded circles. Brush with butter; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 198 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 413mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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