Quick and Easy Herb Bread

Wow, the response I received from posting the bread recipe yesterday was astonishing! So many of you find baking bread intimidating and were grateful for an easy recipe.

This recipe is super easy and fast because it only has one rise - and that's in the pan that you bake the bread in. This will become your go-to when you have to make bread in record time - and it makes two large loaves so you can share with your neighbor.

6-1/2 cups all-purpose Flour 2 packages quick-rising Yeast

2 tablespoons Sugar 2 teaspoons Salt

2 cups hot Water (120-130 degrees) 1/4 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup chopped fresh Parsley 1 teaspoon minced fresh Rosemary

1 tablespoon minced fresh Marjoram/Oregano

Butter two 9x5x3 loaf pans and set aside.

Put yeast, sugar and water in a large mixer bowl with dough hook attached. Allow yeast to “bloom” for ten minutes.

Add 4 cups of flour and remaining ingredients to bowl and mix well until a sticky dough forms (can beat with a wooden spoon for two minutes). Slowly add remaining flour until a slightly sticky dough forms. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until soft and smooth, about two minutes.

Divide dough in half (be as accurate as possible - you can see what happened in the photo above). Shape each piece into an oval and place in prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free area (or on “proof” setting of oven set at 90 degrees) until almost doubled in volume, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bake until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 50 minutes.

Turn onto racks and cool completely.

Makes two one pound loaves