October 11, 2007

HERB SWIRL BREAD



Herb Swirl Bread, is my contribution to "World Day of Bread-2007" which will be held on October 16th this year and this event is organized by Zorra of "kochtopf" blog. Thank you for hosting Zorra!:))
Update: here is the round up!



Bread; according to www.answers.com:
bread (brĕd) pronunciation..noun

1. A staple food made from flour or meal mixed with other dry and liquid ingredients, usually combined with a leavening agent, and kneaded, shaped into loaves, and baked.
2. Food in general, regarded as necessary for sustaining life:
“If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second” (Edward Bellamy).
3. Something that nourishes; sustenance:
“My bread shall be the anguish of my mind” (Edmund Spenser).
4. Bread;
1. Means of support; livelihood: earn one's bread.
2. Slang. Money.
bread·ed, bread·ing, breads.
To coat with bread crumbs, as before cooking: breaded the fish fillets.

World day of Bread; October 16, 2007!
I did not participate in last year's World day of Bread. When I came across this cute logo in quite a few blogs, I immediately jumped at the chance to bake some bread. I chose this bread from a magazine which has a fabulous taste like Garlic bread which I love and easy recipe to follow too. Here it is! Happy Bread day to all of you!:))

Herb Swirl Bread:
This recipe is adapted from my favorite cooking magazine "Taste of Home".

Herby Swirl Bread

A close up of swirls!

Swirl Bread

Ingredients you need:


3 - 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
herb filling
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 minced fresh parsley OR 1/4 dry parsley
1 tbsp minced chives
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry red chilli flakes

3 tbsp of cornmeal for the bottom of the pan when baking the bread.

Here is how to bake the Swirl bread:


1. In a large mixing bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Heat water and oil to 120F-130F temperature and add this to the flour mixture and beat well.Add in the rest of the flour little at a time making sure you get a soft pliable dough.You may not have to use the last 1/4 cup of flour at all.It took me 3 cups using a Kitchen aid mixer with a dough hook.
2. Turn on to a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Apply some oil on the dough, cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, for about an hour.
3. In a small bowl, combine all the herb filling until everything is mixed well.
4. Punch down the doubled dough, turn on to a floured surface, roll out into 15"x12" rectangle. Spread herb filling within 1" of the edge of the dough, roll up jelly-roll style, starting with the 12" side.Seal the seam.
5. Spray a baking sheet with oil lightly, sprinkle cornmeal on it, and place the loaf seam side down on the pan. With a sharp knife, make 3 or 4 shallow diagonal cuts across the top of the loaf. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until doubled for about an hour.
6. Bake at 375F for 25-35 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from the pan, cool on a wire rack.

Note: You can add any kind of cheese or your choice of spices to this bread. Enjoy!

That's it! Slice them and serve with coffee or with Spaghetti and meatball marinara sauce. My thanks to "Taste of Home" magazine!:))

82 comments:

Padma said...

That herb bread looks one delicious treat, I would love to try this soon!

You are a very good baker Asha!

Apple said...

Excellent bread Asha..Looks so perfect...kudos to your baking skills lady...I have to learn a lot from you guys...

Raaga said...

Wow... I wish I could pick a slice up and eat it right away!

Linda said...

I might have known you're still up to your own cooking while you're up to your eyeballs in Karnataka round ups! ;) Love this swirly bread, and loved the masala peanuts too, easy and yummy! :)

Asha said...

Thank you Padma. This recipe is very good and easy to follow. Try it!:))

You are welcome Apple. Takes a while to learn anything, so don't worry. You will be there too like me!:))

HeHe! I know you would like that. Bake something this weekend for Bread day, it's fun:))

Linda, got to eat to live girl. I don't have any choice but while I am at it, why not cook for events too! HAHAHA!!
Masala Peanuts were a great hit, try it, makes a great snack!:))
Have a great weekend.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

superb swirl...Looks great....!!

Kribha said...

I've always loved your breads and muffins and this 'herb swirl bread' is like another gem added to your baking crown. Looks absolutely perfect.

Lakshmi said...

Ashakka, Bread looks lovely. Want to have a piece now....(reminds me of the khara bread we get in mysore bakeries)

Erin said...

This looks delicious and creative. Nice work!

Happy cook said...

They just look great. Would love to have a huge piece of it.

zorra said...

I love Garlic bread, so I need to bake this one soon!

Thank you for joining World Bread Day!

Richa said...

asha, the bread looks absolutely gorgeous, if only i could pick it up right off the scrren :) ur family is so lucky to be able to enjoy these fresh bakes! I'm still a lil' scared of baking with yeast...LOL

Asha said...

Thanks Raks, hope you try!:)

Kribha, another cake coming for you girl, this time it's sweet and tangy!:))

Asha said...

Lakshmi, it tastes just like that but in swirls. I have to bake khara buns too one day!:))

Thank you Erin. It was easy too, not much kneading!:)

F, right after it came out of the oven, 10% of that gone in my belly, had to save the rest for the family!!;D

Asha said...

It was a pleasure participating in World day of Bread Zorra. Thanks for hosting!Enjoy the bread:))

Richa, try this bread. As long as the Yeast is fresh and it's risen in the warm place like in the oven, it's very easy.
Try once and you will be hooked to baking.Kitchen smells so good!:))

Sia said...

gorgeous bread rolls ashakka. i donno if i should kick u or kiss u for making such drool-worthy perfect bread. every time i see u baking breads and cakes it reminds me of my baking skills:( he he he... how abt giving some first hand traing on baking??? will pack my bags and be rt at ur door step;)

Cinnamon said...

Those bread rolls.. looks just picture perfect!!! Just love them!!! I will try this for sure.. bookmarked it!

TBC said...

Aga, that is so perfect looking!

TBC said...

Tat shd have been ASHA ;-)
That is what happens when you type so fast!

Siri said...

Lovely swirls ashaji... I wish I could have a bite..:(... I am still drooling on the bread photographs...a wonderful entry for a lovely event..

musical said...

Ashakka, you had to do this. I am so craving this for my breakfast!! I am definitely gonna' bake it this weekend!

Sharmi said...

very awsomee picture of the bread Asha. would love to try out. very nice texture!!

Asha said...

Haha!! Sups, kick yourself one day to that kitchen and start baking!! Believe me, nothing tastes like fresh baked bread girl.Hope you do. In fact, I dare you to bake this one this weekend !!:D

Try it Cinnamon. It's a great recipe and easy too. Have fun:))

TheCooker said...

Wow! Just wow...I'm going to start bugging the contractor this very minute...I need my kitchen & my oven.
Till then I'll just drool.

Asha said...

LOL! Tbc, I thought you are saying "WOW!" in Marathi until I read the second comment!! My son does that too, types so fast that he has to go back hundred times to correct it!:))
Bake it.

Thank you Siri. I am going to miss you so much when you get a job and don't have too much time to blog. Hugs.Try and bake this, not hard at all!:)

Asha said...

Coffee and this bread! Musie, it's my turn to drool now! I don't have any left!:D
Enjoy, goes well with Pasta too.

Sharmi, as long as it well risen with Yeast, bread comes out perfectly soft. Hope you try:))

TC, how long are they to build your kitchen girl?
I need a new kitchen too, but I keep on putting it off. Think of all the stuff I have to remove and store somewhere and eat out.Scary!!
Hope it's almost over. Good luck! Bug him everyday, may be he will hurry!:))

Suganya said...

Am so happy looking at it. You should have been exuberant eating it :)

Anonymous said...

The bread looks heavenly!!!! Gotta try it soon. Aren't you exhausted from your roundup to venture into baking??

Sudha

Asha said...

It was delicious right out of the oven Suganya! I did eat some but had to save some for kids and hubby with lot of restraint!!:D

Asha said...

Hi Sudha, thanks.
Round up or not, still got to eat everyday girl, no choice!:))
I cook Indian food about 3 or 4 days a week, and then I have to make something or other for kids. I just plan around the events when I do bake. Enjoy, try it this weekend:))

Anonymous said...

You are a SUPERWOMAN!!!!! :-)

Sudha

Roopa (KitchenAromas) said...

Wow! Amazing stuff! Something abt this reminds me of Palya Bun fresh from the "Iyengar Bakery" back home in Bangalore :)
I suppose I could use "palya" for this instead of herb mix!! :)
Thanks A..you are an inspiration!

Tee said...

Bread looks really swirly and delish! I can imagine the fragrance of all the herbs and bread in the kitchen...

Anh said...

Asha, I love this bread. You can see all the flavours inside! Great job!

Puspha said...

Awesome!!!! Unbeliavable tat itz homemade. Thumbsup to u, Asha akka.

Rajitha said...

goodness asha..looks awesome

Neelam said...

The herb bread looks just perfect! Lovely recipe.

Laavanya said...

I love garlicky herb bread and this looks too good. The swirls look perfect.

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Grihini said...

whoa... bread looks great.

I liked the 'A close up of swirls!' picture.. its so tempting to take a bite.

Manasi said...

SUPERWOMAN!!! u do a HUGE round up and bounce back with an absolutely stuning bread!!!
I would soooooooooooo love this! I wanna try it... just one query.. I do not have a kitchen aid (processor of any sort) so can I, wit just kneading , attempt this?

sra said...

The close-up is a beauty!

Roopa said...

from this you reminded me something :) i need to make khara buns one day i used to eat during our collenge days those times was just 1 rs ha ha .

The swirls looks as ever excellent only i could grab one piece :)

Srivalli said...

wow asha that looks so lovely..i am all j...I am not able to get such a perfect one..

Asha said...

Thanks Sudha, you are a sweet gal!:)

Roopa, that's right girl, I remember!! I will add some alugedde palya next time.I am drooling already!! Thanks for reminding me. Hugs:)

Tee, garlic and herbs always smells so good and baking bread on top of that is divine.Try it:))

Asha said...

Thanks Anh. Some recipes are darn easy easy, you can't go wrong!!:D

Pushpa, you are welcome. One more bread for you to try!:))

Thanks Rajitha, give it a try:))

Asha said...

Thank you Neelam!:)

Laavanya, hope you try and make it this weekend!:))

Hi Lapa, thanks. I don't speak Portuguese, so not much help to me I am afraid!:))

Asha said...

Grihini, I just wanted to make all of you go crazy in the swirls!! Hahaha!!Have a great weekend.

Manasi, you can knead by hand too or use a ordinary food processor just until it comes a lump. Hand kneading is easy too. Try. Try stuffing the Aloo as Roopa said!:))

Asha said...

Thanks sra, hope you try!:)

Roopa, other Roopa just reminded me of stuffing with Alugedde palya! Remember that in the Iyengar bakery? Try that, I will too next time:))

Sri, takes time girl. Most imp thing in making yeast bread is to let it rise in a warm place until double.Warm oven works too. Keep trying, it's just practice!:))

Nandita said...

That sure looks terrific Asha...and what a uniformly golden brown exterior...want to try this out sometime..perfect for dipping into soup :)

Saju said...

lovely lovely lovely. I am so hungry now. Great pictures of a great recipe. Thansk Asha

lakshmi said...

you must be an expert in baking bread - that looks way better than the bread that I have seen at these upper crust bakeries in Bombay - i actually dug out many baking recipes from this "black hole" blog of yours :D. any guesses on what my trick is to find something on foodie's hope?

Asha said...

Yes it is N, perfect for Pastas too. Try it and tell me how did you like it!:))

So good to see you Saju. Glad you have some free time!:))
Thanks, try it.I am sure you will love it.

Mocha said...

Wow yummy bread. Tried my hand at baking bread. Unsucessful both times so quit. You make it seem so simple

Asha said...

LOL @ Black hole!!
No idea how you do it but there is my gorgeous recipe Index I have created working like a dog and updated very promptly every week!! I have listed all menu on the sidebar and there is also a google search!! Which one do you use?:D
This is the best bread recipe if you ask me personally. Try this.Roopa gave me an idea of stuffing Alu palya inside too, isn't that great idea? Hope you try L!:))

Asha said...

Mocha, fresh yeast is imp and then rising it in a warm place too.Other than that, baking bread is easy! Don't give up!:))

bee said...

beauuuutifuuull. we made kuchen too - long back. will post it for the peach event. yours will be gorgeous, i know. ours was so-so.

ramya said...

Bread looks perfect.The texture is perfect. just like baker's one

Asha said...

Hi Bee, you made Kuchen too!:) Cool.Actually mine is a Peach cake but it looks like breakfast bread or Peach Kuchen! It was great, already gone, kids ate it all!:D

Ramya, this time I had to be patient and let it rise properly.Usually, I hurry!! Try it this weekend!:))

Hima said...

Lovely bread asha, that is looking so heavenly. I just now baked couple of breads, next time I will try yours.

Asha said...

Hima,post them girl. I am always looking for good bread recipes. Better to try tested and tasted recipes always than from a book!:))
Try this too, it's easy.

Kelly Mahoney said...

I had no idea there was a bread day! That's a beautiful creation though.

Asha said...

Thank you Kelly!:))
I came to know about Bread day about 3 weeks ago too, thought I would contribute this year.

Daily Meals said...

The bread looks delicious Asha...

lakshmi said...

google search

"search term" site:http://foodieshope.blogspot.com

the recipe index thingy doesn't work after a point you know, esp when you have so many recipes in one (amma's also started the same practice for some posts :D) - i am personally very dissatidfied with the options blogger and wordpress give to organize recipes :(.

alu palya would be fabulous - you wait till i try these out- i'll be drooling on my keyboard each time you post a baked goodie

Asha said...

Thank you Vijaya, hope you try!:))

Aha!!! That is great idea too!:)
I understand it better now. If you have too many recipes, even the recipe index becomes hard to look, isn't it? Never thought of that!!
Hope you get a oven soon, I am sure you love to bake in that!:))

Shella said...

Absolutely love your bread Asha. I love the way the layers have come out.

Asha said...

Thank you Shella. Rolling them tight gives that beautiful effect like swiss rolls. Hope you try!:))

USHA said...

Excellent herb bread...i liked the step by step picture alot...hmmm yummy....peach cake...wow the colour really tempts alot,...

Asha said...

Thanks Usha. Picture explains you better than any words!:))

Madhuli said...

Thanks for doing the MEME..Hugs to you for that! :)It looks one well stocked fridge...you must not be rushing to the store when you have unexpected guests!Looks good.Loved the herb bread.will try it soon.Thanks again

Asha said...

Thanks for tagging me M, my fridge brought many smiles to everybody!:))
Enjoy the bread.

eliza said...

nice looking bread, i could almost smell it from here :) thank for sharing!

Asha said...

You are welcome Eliza. Hope you try and bake this bread. Enjoy!:))

So Simple said...

HI Asha
Enjoying your music interludes.
That bread looks great. An excellent crumb I shall be making it. Let you know how it turns out.
Once again a wonderful post.

Anali said...

I love your swirl bread Asha! Looks great! I want to try it. So many breads. So little time! ; )

Asha said...

Thanks Gilly. I love Jazz and Blues!!:))
Do try the bread, it makes a great side dish for Spaghetti and meatballs! My kids loved it.

Thanks Anali!
I know, 180+ breads! Phew!! They all look lovely, don't know where to start either!:D
Hope you try this, easy except the proofing time, a quick bread too!:))

Dhanggit said...

oh i love the way this bread swirl..... fantastic & lovely!!

Asha said...

It tastes so good too D, great with Spaghetti meatball meal too , just like Garlic bread!:))

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hi Asha...this looks great & you make it sound so simple. have to try it as am still battling my fear of yeast!! have bookmarked this one!! LOL Deeba

Asha said...

Hi Deeba, yeast we get here is wonderfully fragrant when it's fresh and makes any bread soft and yummy. Try once girl!:)

Sailaja Prakash said...

Hi Asha,

Your Herb Swirl Bread is looking yummy...especially the close up view of swirls is looking sooooo good.