Yesterday’s menu included home-made garlic-herb bread. I have a recipe I like, that makes two loaves of bread, or a large pan of rolls, or a combination of the two.
In a large bowl: 1 cup warm water I Tbsp. yeast and 2 Tbsp sugar. stir and let sit for ten minutes.
Add 3 cups of flour, 4 more Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1/3 cup oil and 1 cup warm water. Mix well.
With your hands, work in 2 1/2 to 3 more cups of flour. Kneading well for 5 minutes.
Cover the bowl and let rise until about double in size, It takes about an hour. Punch the dough down.
At this point you cut the lump of dough into two pieces and form into loaves, or make rolls, bread sticks… This is also the step where you add “extras”, herbs, spices, cheese. Whatever you expect to come out of the oven and place in appropriate greased pans.
Cover the pans and let rise for 30 minutes. heat the oven to 350 degrees and put in your bread for 30 minutes.
Now if you want soft bread crusts, put a pan of warm water in the oven with your bread, for a crisper crust, brush with melted butter and bake about 15 or 20 minutes more.
For herb-garlic bread I use 2 tbsp of Italian seasoning and 1 tsp garlic powder per half of the dough. We like just a hint of the flavor.
For cinnamon rolls, roll out your dough with a rolling pin brush on melted butter sprinkle liberally with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, scatter on some raisins or nuts if you like…roll it up like a jelly roll and slice about 1 1/2 inch pieces.

I made one pan of 12 herbed breadsticks and one plain 4X8 loaf, while a friend was visiting yesterday.
The loaf went home with the friend.

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