I was an incredible baker this weekend and so proud of myself. Italian Herb Bread, Banana and Black Raisin Bread and Pumpkin Bread were on the menu. Now it is time to post for this week. First, what should I post?
A few months ago, I started a machine bread baking adventure, and I have been having lots of fun. I often steer away from the safe basic recipe because I want to try something else. With trying something comes attention and patience. Two qualities I learned, I must have if I want a tasty home baked bread. Today’s adventure is Italian Herb Bread.
I love my Homemade Italian Herb Bread. I know the bread machine made it and I am taking credit for it. But I am not ashamed, and by the way, it is hard work! Measuring the ingredients carefully and adding them in the right order is stressful work. Yeah, right! Says who? LOL
The bread machine cookbook I am using is an old book I purchased while vacationing in Canada. At that time I had no idea that I would be into baking bread. That book sat on my shelf for years before I decided to buy a bread machine. And till today I don’t regret ever buying “250 Best Canadian Bread Machine” by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt.
The Italian Herb Bread has savory spices such as parsley, basil, marjoram, and thyme. The aroma of the savory spices took over my house. I don’t think I can ever get tired of the smell of freshly baked bread. If you have a bread machine try this recipe if you don’t have a bread machine maybe you want to invest in one. I cannot say that I have been disappointed in any of the bread recipes I have tried so far whether it is from the book mentioned earlier or from another book. In reality, what I want to say is that bread making changed my life. Hope you will enjoy this recipe I am happy to share.
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¼ cup skim milk powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons shortening or vegetable oil
- 4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
- 1/3 cup snipped fresh parsley
- 1 ¼ teaspoons dried basil
- 1 ¼ teaspoons dried marjoram
- 1 ¼ teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 ¼ teaspoons bread machine yeast
- Measure ingredients into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Insert pan into the oven chamber
- Select Basic Cycle. Follow your manufacturer's instructions.