Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2hrs 45 minutes

1 loaf, serves 12


  • 1/2 cup Basil, fresh
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp Oregano, fresh
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Thyme, fresh
  • 2 tbsp Tomatoes, oil-packed dried
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 pkg. Active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 6 tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated



  1. In a large bowl stir together 2 cups of the flour and the yeast. In a small saucepan combine milk, 2 Tbsp. of the butter, the sugar, and 1 tsp. kosher salt. Heat and stir until warm (120°F to 130°F). Add milk mixture and eggs to flour mixture; stir until combined. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough that is smooth, lightly tacky, and elastic (about 3 minutes). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to coat surface of dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 1 hour).
  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining 4 Tbsp. butter, the basil, Parmesan, dried tomatoes, thyme, oregano, garlic, and crushed red pepper.
    4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Roll dough into an 18×12-inch rectangle. Spread herb butter over dough, leaving a 1-inch border on one long side. Roll up rectangle, starting from filled long side; seal seam with fingertips. Using a serrated knife, cut roll in half lengthwise, leaving an inch intact at one end. Turn dough strips cut sides up; carefully twist over each other. Pinch ends together.
  4. Starting at top, coil the rope like a snake, stopping halfway. Coil other half of rope in opposite direction to create a tight S shape. Transfer loaf to prepared baking sheet. Lightly cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 45 minutes).
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown and a thermometer registers 200°F. Brush warm bread with melted butter. Makes 12 servings.