Artisan Herb Bread Braid #BreadBakers

Artisan Herb Bread Braid

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

 Artisan Herb Bread Braid

Welcome to another fun addition of Bread Bakers!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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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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32 Responses to Artisan Herb Bread Braid #BreadBakers

  1. Hi Cindy,
    Such a beautiful braid. I would also like to try my hand at four strands. The bread looks so herby.I would love to add some grated cheese and make it cheesy herby bread.

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  3. Love your four strands braid. The topping of herbs and garlic sounds wonderful. I am sure it tasted amazing!

  4. Karen says:

    You are the master of the 4 strand braid! I have yet to accomplish this! The herbs in this bread sound outstanding too.

  5. This is absolutely beautiful! I can almost smell it :)

  6. Eileen says:

    What a beautiful bread, Cindy! That little bit of lemon is just the right touch.
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  7. Wendy Klik says:

    Love all the fresh herbs on this bread Cindy.
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  8. SO beautiful! There is nothing as good as homemade bread :)

  9. Kalyani says:

    I am yet to get my head around 4 strands (the technique, per se) but I bet that bread tastes and smells yum ! Loved the addition of spices and herbs. Gorgeous loa, Cindy !
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  10. Your bread is gorgeous and I bet those herby flavors make is just great alongside soup or a salad.
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  11. Mayuri Patel says:

    I’m so glad I tried the 4 strand braid, it looks beautiful. Love the flavourful bread… so its move over simple garlic bread, here comes the more flavourful bread.

  12. WOW! I love this bread and am amazed that it is EASY! I love easy recipes and I’m definitely putting this on my must make list as the fall starts to crawl in. I like your suggestion of a sweet bread with cocoa and cinnamon- yes, I’ll definitely be giving that a try as well.

  13. Pavani says:

    That is such a pretty looking braid Cindy. I have only made 3 strand braided breads, but I’m so inspired to try with more strands after this marathon. Your bread sounds so flavorful with all the herbs.

  14. The braid is looking so beautiful!!!Love the flavours of the topping.

  15. love the herbs in this gorgeous braid

  16. That looks super delicious, with a warm bowl of soup, this makes a hearty meal!!

  17. Phoebe says:

    Oh wow! I wish I’d had bread like this to go along with the soup I just ate for lunch. Hmm, next time perhaps! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe :)
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