Rustic Herbed Bread

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  • 2 active dry yeast (packaged)
  • 14 cup warm water
  • 14 cup honey
  • 1 12 cups Organic Valley Whole Milk, scalded
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour (or sifted spelt)
  • 12 teaspoon ground sage
  • 34 teaspoon crumbled thyme leaf
  • 34 teaspoon crumbled marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon crumbled dried parsley
  • 12 cup Organic Valley Unsalted Cultured Butter, melted


Soften yeast in warm (not hot) water, along with 1 tablespoon of honey. Scald milk and remove from heat, then melt the butter in it. Add milk, butter, the remaining honey, salt, and 2 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture. Mix well and cover. Let rise in a warm place until bubbly (about 1 hour).

Crumble and combine the herbs and add to the mixture. Stir in the rest of the flour to make a stiff dough. Knead on floured board until satiny and elastic. Place in greased bowl, cover, and return to the warm place to rise until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).

Punch dough down, let rest for 10 minutes and then shape into 2 loaves. Place in greased 9"x 5"x 3"loaf pans. Let rise until doubled in bulk (about 1-1 1/2 hours).

Bake in 375° oven for 50 minutes or until done. Remove and cool on racks. Keep out the reach of children until cool to the touch.

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Slather with generous amounts of Organic Valley Salted Butter!

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