Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

  2. 2 tablespoons sugar

  3. 1/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 )

  4. 1/4 cup butter

  5. 1 teaspoon salt

  6. 1 cup warm milk (110 to 115 )

  7. 3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  8. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  9. 1 teaspoon dill weed

  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed

  11. 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted, divided

  12. 1 egg, beaten

  13. 1 tablespoon water

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Braided Almond-Herb Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, salt and milk. Stir in yeast mixture, 2 cups flour, herbs and 2 tablespoons almonds. Beat until well-mixed. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to grease dough surface. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  2. Punch dough down and cut off one-third of dough; set aside. Divide remaining dough into three equal parts, shaping each into a 14-in. rope.

  3. Braid ropes and place on greased baking sheet. Divide set-aside dough into three ropes and braid. Place smaller braid on top of larger braid. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Combine egg and water. Brush over entire loaf; sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Yield: 1 loaf.


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