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Herb Bread

Yield 2 loaves


  • 2 cups milk, scalded
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup celery seeds
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour, divided

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; cool to lukewarm (105° to 115°).

  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, stirring well; let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly.

  3. Add dissolved yeast, eggs, and 3 cups flour to milk mixture; beat until smooth. Add remaining flour to form a soft dough.

  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

  5. Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; shape each portion into a round loaf. Place each loaf in a 9-inch round cakepan. Cover and repeat rising procedure 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

  6. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Cover tops loosely with aluminum foil; bake an additional 20 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove loaves from pans; cool on wire racks.

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