Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Herbed Bread Twist from the bread machine

It's so easy, you can use just about any bread recipe. Even start with a simple white bread and add herbs, onion and garlic to the dry ingredients then proceed as directed.

Here I used a boxed mix and added Italian seasoning, onion and garlic. Made in the bread machine on dough cycle.
When the cycle completes remove dough to lightly floured surface and divide in half.
Roll each piece out to as long as you want or need. These are about 24 inches.

Press the ends together and braid. You can braid loose or tight. You can make little snips with kitchen shears along the top and make it look like a wheat wreath.
I almost forgot to add ... when you've finished your braid, cover with a clean towel and let rise until it's about twice it's size.

Place on greased pan and shape as you like. Here I've made a crescent but you can connect the ends completely and make a lovely wreath or, if your pan is long enough, make a long, elegant braid. Brush the top with an egg wash (an egg and tiny amount of water beaten together). Then, bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Let it cool on the pan for around 10 minutes then remove to plate or basket.

Enjoy !


J said...

YOM YOM YOM that looks soooo good!

City Mouse said...

That bread looks terrific!!!!!

Great idea with the Ital seasoning - I'll have to try that at some point.

oldcrow61 said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous! I can almost taste it. I'm not good at making bread but this looks worth a try. The only bread I make is Irish Soda Bread to which I add lots of different grains and some raisins.