This homemade easy, cheesy garlic and herb bread recipe is one of the greatest tastes and smells in the world, especially when it’s baking right in your own oven! This recipe can also be adapted to add cheese or other tasty things of your choosing. This bread is easy to make, but it does require a bit of time waiting for the bread to rise. It will take about 20 minutes worth of prep and a few hours of waiting for the dough to rise. Keep this in mind when determining when to start your bread.
Makes about two loaves depending on the size of pan. I prefer glass pans with lids for making the rising process easier. Total time: about 3 hours.
1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
2-¼ cups warm water (110 degrees Fahrenheit)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted shortening
6-¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.)
2 tablespoons finely diced garlic
2 tablespoons softened butter (room temperature)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and/or shredded cheddar cheese
- In a bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. After yeast is dissolved add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of flour. Beat until smooth, then add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
- Place dough on floured surface and knead for about 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth and stretchy. Cover and place in a warm place to rise. I lightly butter my glass oven pan with lid and let it rise there. Bread dough should double in size, about 1-½ hours.
- After it has risen punch it down and put it on a lightly floured surface. At this point you may divide the dough in half. Roll each half out very lightly as and spread some of the softened butter on the dough, then use the back of a spoon to spread the diced garlic onto the dough as well. Sprinkle with herbs and cheese.
- Roll the dough into a long rope and then twist is until it looks like a rope that has been twisted up, then coil the dough rope into a circle. Place back into the oven pan and sprinkle with a touch of salt and any remaining herbs. Cover for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the dough has risen to about double its size again.
- Bake uncovered at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Bread should sound hollow when you tap on the top crust. Remove from pan to a wire rack for cooling. Enjoy!