Herb Bread Braid #TheRecipeRedux

Artisan Herb Bread Braid

Herb Bread Braid. Wheat and barley flour laced with fresh parsley, thyme, rosemary, garlic and lemon zest.

 Artisan Herb Bread Braid

Welcome to another Recipe ReDux!
February 2018 Theme
Bake Some Bread!

Turn on your ovens! Be it tried and true traditional yeast bread, or one of the new trendy protein-added breads, show us what you’re baking. Whether sourdough or bread with added-veggies, don’t forget to tell if it makes great toast too!
I thought I’d share one of my favorite breads with you.

Herb Bread Braid

Everyone loves pretty braided bread.
You can intertwine ropes of dough to create a culinary showpiece!
Artisan Herb Bread Braid
Strands of sweet dough can brushed with cocoa, cinnamon and sugar or fruit.
Savory bread can sport hot oils made from chilies, garlic butters and of course, herbs.
No special skills are required. If you can braid hair or rope, you can make braided bread. I like to use 4 strands for my loaf.

braid steps

I start by dividing the dough into 4 equal pieces. Each piece gets hand rolled and stretched to about 18 inches in length.
It works best to pinch 4 ends together to form a base.
Start with the strand farthest to your right. Overlap the third strand.
Next, cross the second strand over what is now the third one. That is the beginning of a standard braid.
To incorporate number 4, the one on your far left, overlap it with what is now number 2 and continue braiding back and forth to the end. Pinch remaining tail ends together. Tuck pinched ends underneath.
Bake at for about 25 minutes until browned and hollow sounding when tapped.
Brush with oil about last 5 minutes of bake time or immediately after you take the braid out of the oven.
Cool on rack. Pull apart when almost cool or completely cooled.

Artisan Herb Bread Braid

I prefer and use Bob’s Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour and Red Star Premium Yeast. This is just a recommendation not a paid endorsement. All purpose flour and bread flour may be used. Any dry active yeast or instant yeast may be used according to their package directions.

Artisan Herb Bread Braid


  • 1 packet dry activated yeast (1 1/4 teaspoons)(I use Red Star Premium)
  • 1 cup warm water (110 to 120 degrees)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 12 ounces of flour (about 2 1/4 cups) flour plus 1/4 cup for dusting (I use Bob's Red Mill Artisan Bread Flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mixed herbs, chopped (I used parsley, rosemary, thyme, lemon zest and garlic)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided


  • Mix herbs with 1 tablespoon oil, set aside.
  • Mix together 1/2 the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  • Add warm water.
  • Add the rest of the flour to make a soft dough Knead until smooth.
  • Cover and let rest about 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 3 or 4 equal pieces about 18 inches long.
  • Pinch ends together on one end. Brush strands with herb mix.
  • Braid. Pinch remaining dough strand ends together and tuck under.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
  • Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes until brown and sound hollow when tapped.
  • Brush with remaining oil about 5 minutes before bread is completely baked or immediately from the oven.
  • Cool on a rack. Pull desired sections apart.
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Artisan Herb Bread Braid


Food for Thought…What kind of fillings would you weave into your braided bread? I’d love to hear your ideas in a comment below!

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Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups #SundaySupper #FLStrawberry

This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups layer rice pudding made with fresh strawberries and ginger over buttery crumbled ginger snaps. Topped off with ginger laced whipped cream and fresh Florida Strawberries.

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cup


Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups

I have a soft spot for no bake layered desserts. So pretty.

Parfaits, gelatin and cream, and trifles look so elegant in see through jars.

Florida Strawberries are the perfect fruit for no bake desserts. These naturally sweet and juicy stars of the berry world rock it with that vibrant red color.

strawberry close up

I love decorating with fresh Florida Strawberries, too. Firm strawberries hold their shape. Every dessert looks great with a strawberry on top!

You can hang them from the rim of a glass.

strawberry hang on glass

So cute and tasty.

Fan one by making thin cuts almost to the top then gently press.

chicken strawberry pineapple salad

You can even pickle them to use as a topping for ice cream and more!

Pickled Strawberries

For my Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups, I add chopped fresh Florida Strawberries in with the rice mixture.

Bits of strawberries help sweeten the pudding. Fresh ginger adds zing without an overpowering taste. As a bonus I get a gentle pink color from the strawberries!

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups

Ground ginger snaps, butter and a bit of sugar turn into a great base for the pudding.

I use a kitchen mallet to crush the cookies inside a zip-close baggie. It’s fast with no clean up!

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups

Every jar dessert needs an outstanding topper. A bit of powdered ginger added to heavy cream and whipped fits the bill. Decorate the whipped cream with a cookie and a fresh Florida Strawberry on the rim!

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cup

Fresh Florida Strawberries are in stores December through April. If you don’t see fresh from Florida on the label, ask your store to carry them. They will be glad they did!

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups


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Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups

Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 each


    crumb base
  • 1 cup ground gingersnap cookies
  • 4 tablespoon melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • pudding
  • 2 cups plus 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries for garnish
  • 6 ginger snap cookies for garnish


  • crumb base
  • Mix together cookie pieces, butter and sugar. Press 1/4 cup of mix into desired jars or cups.
  • pudding
  • Combine 2 cups milk, rice, strawberries, sugar, ginger in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often until strawberries are soft and rice is tender and liquid is absorbed (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and any additional milk to reach desired consistency.
  • Whipped Cream
  • Whip together cream, powdered sugar, ginger and vanilla.
  • Layer pudding over ginger snap base. Top with ginger whipped cream. Garnish each jar with a fresh Florida Strawberry and a ginger snap cookie.
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Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups

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The Local Dish Lehigh Valley’s Best Roadhouse Food

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I received no compensation for featuring these restaurants. All opinions are my own.


Lehigh Valley is rich in history. Some of the oldest taverns in the area are still in operation. The roadhouses on the outskirts of town offer unique cuisine. These comforting stops fed and housed many a weary traveler. For decades and in some cases centuries, people made the stops to refuel their spirit and rest their bodies.
I’d like to share my 5 favorites with you. Each is known for their hospitality, great food and atmosphere. Grumpy’s and Hops feature local musicians too. I think you will find something to enjoy at each one.
First up for the barbecue lover. Grumpy’s BBQ Roadhouse. This 1840’s Tavern welcomes you with open arms and a hot plate of smoky goodness.

Grumpy's Roadhouse

Grumpy’s BBQ Roadhouse
3000 Mauch Chunk Road
Allentown, PA 18104

Grumpy’s BBQ Roadhouse

Grumpy’s smokes all their meats on the premises using real hickory wood. The flavors are developed from Southern and Cajun roots based in New Orleans, Saint Louis, the Carolinas, and the Tex-Mex area. BBQ lovers can enjoy beef, pork and chicken with deep flavors old country style with collard and cornbread among the sides offered.
I crave the pulled pork plate with a tall Black & Tan. Well worth the trip. But get there early if you want a seat at the bar on entertainment night!
Easy to find from route 22, 309, or 78 we are only 3 miles north of Allentown on Mauch Chunk Road.

Next stop Hops Fogelsville Hotel.
Hops Fogelsville Hotel
7921 Main St.
Fogelsville, PA 18051
Ph. (610) 395-3999
Hops Fogelsville Hotel
This establishment was built in 1798. Hops is known for their steaks, serving Certified Angus Beef® brand. Seafood, pork, chicken, veal and pasta round out the menu. Good food and a great place to make memories.

Hops Fogelsville Hotel
In warm weather this courtyard hosts local musicians in a variety of genres. Relax and enjoy!
Hops Fogelsville Hotel

Hops boasts they serve the best Quesadillas in the Lehigh Valley. I agree! Hops steak quesadillas rock!

In the mood for great pizza? Maybe a hearty Italian meal is calling you. You need Armetta’s Italian Restaurant & Pub.

Armetta’s Italian Restaurant & Pub
301 Main Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
Armetta’s Italian Restaurant & Pub
Armetta’s is located on the main street in Emmaus, PA. Emmaus was known for the railroad tying together local manufacturing including iron ore production, silk and cigars. Centrally located, Emmaus soon became a hub for production and activity. What better place to eat then Main Street?
If you go to Armetta’s I highly recommend the Seafood Manicotti stuffed with baby shrimps, baby scallops, topped mozzarella cheese and Alfred served over a bed spinach. Manga!
Samuel Owens serves up a bit of Americana. Soups, sandwiches, and entrees from tacos to fish and chips.
Samuel Owens
Chestnut & 2nd Street, Coplay Pennsylvania
Samuel Owens

Samuel Owens

Samuel Owens
Samuel Owens sits on the corner of a busy Coplay street right before the bridge out of town. Or into town, it’s a matter of perspective. You can find many types of cuisine at Sam’s. They do it all justice. My favorite thing there is the Seafood Bisque. No matter what I order it’s always some bisque first. Sam’s has a great sense of humor too. They list Guinness Black & Tan as an appetizer! Monthly menus include game nights, discounts and more.


Stefano’s Sicilian Grille provides rustic dishes with a strong Sicilian influence in a cozy and friendly atmosphere.
Stefano’s Sicilian Grille
5364 Nor Bath Blvd.
Northampton, PA 18067
Stefano’s Sicilian Grille
If you are looking for true Italian dishes try Stefano’s. Here you’ll find classics like Saltimbocca, and Fried Calamari. I highly recommend the Lobster and Crab Ravioli!
We’ve celebrated more than one birthday and Valentine’s Day at Stefano’s. So good!

Thanks for following along on a quick tour of my favorite roadhouses. Check back on March 7th for a collaboration SoFab post of best local restaurants gathered from members.

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Visit Lehigh Valley Best Roadhouse Food preview

Lehigh Valley is rich in history. Some of the oldest taverns in the area are still in operation. The roadhouses on the outskirts of town offer unique cuisine.
I’ll show you 5 of my favorites in an upcoming post.
Grumpy’s BBQ Roadhouse
Hops Fogelsville Hotel
Samuel Owens
Stefano’s Sicilian Grille

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