What’s the greatest smell on the planet? If you are anything like me you quickly replied…” the inside of a bakery of course”!! I’ve always loved wandering through a gourmet bakery, chosing fresh bread for the evening’s meal…but you know what I found? It’s just not CENTSIBLE…(partly because the bread is much too expensive and largely because I end up buying eight thousand other things I DON”T need!) So I asked my momma for some help…and as momma’s do… she completely came through for us girls! But I have to warn you…you may need to rethink your answer to the aforementioned question. I firmly believe the greatest smell on the planet will be your exact address, precisely 16.5 minutes after you pop this masterpiece in the oven…but patience is a virtue!! Our lovely loaf must finish baking ladies. This bread is such a beautiful touch for any dinner, and great for sanwiches too! What’s even better is that I’m sure you already have all these ingredients on your shelf right now…so what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get busy girls! Oh and by the way throw a lil flour on your face when you’re finished, we don’t wanna make it look too easy to be this amazing!
3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 3 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon butter, melted
- Combine 2 cups flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Stir in the water, shortening, parsley, rosemary, and basil. Use an electric mixer to beat on low speed for 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Turn mixer to medium, and beat for an additional 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in remaining 1 cup flour; mix until smooth. Scrape batter from sides of bowl. Cover, and let rise in warm place for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. Stir down batter by beating about 25 strokes. Scrape batter into greased pan; pat down with floured hands. Cover pan. Let dough rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Do not allow dough to over-rise.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Bake in preheated oven until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Brush top with butter.