This French Herb Bread features a classic soft white bread filled with Herbs de Provence. This homemade bread is fantastic for sandwiches!
Bread. There is something so rewarding about creating fresh loaves of bread from just a few basic ingredients. This must be how prehistoric men and women felt when they realized how to let bread rise and then bake it. Ok, maybe not. Instead of a fire, I used a gas oven. And instead of grinding my own wheat, I used King Arthur’s amazing flour. So maybe my story has no actual connection to prehistoric man whatsoever. Either way, I do still love to bake fresh bread at home! The famous Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) once noted that “All sorrows are less with bread.” I couldn’t agree with Miguel more. I know my sorrows are less whenever I have a fresh loaf of this French Herb Bread in the kitchen!
A couple months ago, I was invited to attend Blog & Bake™. This event, hosted by King Arthur Flour, brings bloggers together to learn more about King Arthur Flour and Vermont in general. The experience was amazing! (Check out my previous post about Blog & Bake + recipe for Homemade White Sandwich Bread.) If you’ve ever used King Arthur flour, then you know how amazing their products are. I swear by King Arthur whenever I bake!
You may be familiar with “The Baking Sheet,” King Arthur Flour’s subscription newsletter. This thing is loaded with amazing recipes, tips, and photographs. It truly is a baker’s resource for well…everything! King Arthur now offers The Baking Sheet in digital format, which is especially awesome because it provides access to back issues and all recipes since 1990. Seriously, that’s a lot of recipes. I’m pretty sure you could bake for 365 days straight and still not make your way through 23 years of King Arthur recipes!
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This French Herb Bread is an amazingly simple recipe that yields an excellent, tasty sandwich-style loaf of bread. One of the best things about this bread is its relatively short proofing period. In fact, you could wake up one morning craving this bread and have it ready for lunch!
If you’ve never experimented with bread baking before, then I encourage you to try this recipe out. Your sandwiches will never taste the same thanks to the plentiful herbs de Provence sprinkled throughout. Enjoy! And don’t forget de Cervantes’ quote: “All sorrows are less with bread.”
French Herb Bread + The Baking Sheet Giveaway
- 1¼ cups lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
- ¼ cup potato flour or ½ cup dried potato flakes
- 2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons instant yeast
- Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a countertop mixer, and mix on medium speed for 6-7 minutes. (Note: You can also mix this dough by hand, but you will need to knead it a bit longer.)
- Once mixed, cover the bowl and place in a warm location for 1 hour.
- If making 4 mini-loaves, then divide the dough into 4 pieces, shape into logs, and place in lightly greased mini loaf pans. If making 1 large loaf, shape the entire piece of dough into a log and place in a lightly greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
- Cover the bread pans and place in a warm located to rise until the dough has risen about ½” over the rims of the mini loaf pans, or 1″ over the rim of the larger pan. This will take approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the warmth of the location.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake mini-loaves for 30-35 minutes and full loaves for 35-40 minutes. (If necessary, you can place a piece of aluminum foil lightly over the bread if the top appears to be browning too quickly.)
- Remove the bread and allow it to fully cool on a rack before slicing.