Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fresh Herb and Green Onion Sandwich Bread and a Giveaway

Happy 1st Day of Spring!!

Is anyone else ready for Spring?!

The sun is shining today. It's bright and beautiful and puts a spring in my step and gives me energy!

The gray skies and the 4 walls were beginning to make me feel desperate.

So I did what any desperate woman would do in these circumstances. I went to the kitchen and started reading through my recipe collection. ha ha, okay so some women would go shopping and others, well anyway...

I've had a recipe for Herb Bread from my sister for a while but it never quite performs for me like it does for her, and I had in my stash another recipe sort of like it but with a few different ingredients. So in looking over them both for a while and thinking about how and why certain things may be added I decided to rewrite it combining the two and came up with this one.

I wanted to use fresh herbs and green onions (because those seemed more Spring-like :) and freshly milled wheat flour, because fresh ground wheat produces a softer bread.  I love the combination of Thyme and Rosemary and I had a big bunch of fresh Parsley in the fridge so I decided to use these and was very pleased with the end result of a soft, flavorful bread that was perfect for a fun sized subs for the whole family, with some extra for lunches.

1¼ Tablespoons Instant Yeast
¼ cup warm water
1½ Tablespoons Honey

Dissolve honey in warm water, stir in yeast and let sit until yeast dissolves and is foamy on top.

1½ Tablespoons Butter
4½ Tablespoons Green Onions, finely chopped

Sauté till onion is tender then add:

3 Tablespoons fresh Parsley, chopped
1½ Tablespoons fresh Rosemary Leaves, chopped, stem removed
1½ Tablespoons fresh Thyme Leaves, stems removed

Stir till herbs are aromatic then add:

1 cup whole milk

Stir to combine and take the chill out of the milk.

Pour into a stand mixer bowl with dough hook attachment and add:

2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
½ teaspoon Sea Salt

Stir and add:

3 1/3 cups Fresh Ground Wheat Flour (golden 86 is what I used)

I added the 3 cups then just enough of the 1/3 cup to make so that the dough was not sticky.

Divide into two equal pieces (approx. 13 oz. each) and roll out into two 9½ inch circles on a lightly dusted baking stone. Or if you prefer one large piece, combine the two and roll out to cover the entire surface of the baking stone. I've done it both ways and I liked the two smaller pieces better.

Cover with a clean dish towel and set in a warm place. I turn the oven light on when I start preparing the bread and then set it in the oven to let it rise. Allow to rise for 40 minutes. Remove the towel and with the baking stone still in the oven turn the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 18-25 minutes, or until browned slightly over the top. I have two ovens in my kitchen, one gas and one electric. The gas oven needed 25 minutes and the electric needed 18 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush the top with butter and sprinkle with very fine Garlic Salt.

Allow to cool.

Cut in half horizontally and top with sandwich ingredients of your choice. For ours I mixed mayo and mustard for the spread and used lettuce (tomato and onion for me) and Off the Bone Turkey and Ham and very thin sliced Swiss Cheese. MMM, yummy!

I hope you try it and enjoy it like we did!

I thought it would be fun to share with you two things that I enjoy using in my kitchen. I love the herb scissors and these cheery, handy little spatulas. I have two sets of these (red and yellow :) and use them ALL the time! I think at least one of you will find them useful too. :)
Two ways to enter if you're interested -
1. leave a comment and let me know what you enjoy about your visits here.
2. share the giveaway on your Facebook and leave a comment to let me know you did.
Giveaway will remain open until March 27.

I appreciate y'all stopping in and 'visiting'. And I always enjoy hearing from you either in a comment or in person when you've been blessed by something posted here. You have blessed me and I thank you!

  Have a wonderful day!



  1. Looks sooo good! My kind of sandwich :) When's the next sample available?

  2. looks delicious! love your blog! thanks for taking the time. I published this on facebook :)

  3. I enjoy the recipes. Gives me ideas of what to cook.

  4. Looks delicious...I love meal ideas!! :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  5. I love that your recipes have ingredients that I often have on hand... also love how you try different things and let us know how it turned out for ya. :)

  6. How wonderful is that! I'm making it. I have all of this stuff!

    1. (not a contest entry just fyi) This is so wonderful that I pinned it to Pinterest too, here:

      You should add some Pinterest buttons maybe! thanks

  7. I posted on my facebook page too:

  8. I want to give this recipe a try, sounds so good! Also I shared on my timeline Facebook & pinned it on Pintrested...I would like to enter this give away, & thanks!

  9. Well, this is fun! (and great minds think alike!)

    I love the herb bread...that sure makes up a beautiful sandwich!

    I've always just had a pair of scissors in the kitchen drawer that I use only for food and fun through the dishwasher. Real herb scissors sound so much more fun! :)

    What do I like about my visits here. Well, you, dear. :) You are fun, smart, talented and I love the read your recipes and hear about your life. Your gardening skills especially inspire me.

  10. Sounds delicious. Can't wait to try this.

  11. Hi Martha, Any chance you have the recipe for broasted chicken like they serve at Mrs. Yoder 's Kitchen in Mount Hope?

    1. Oh I wish Christine! But no, don't have it. My sister Karen works there, maybe I could get her to find out what it consists of. I'll let you know if she can :)

    2. Okay thank you. We go to the Ashery to stock up on spices and dry goods two or three times a year. We always stop at Mrs. Yoder's. We live the food and the folks that work there are all so welcoming. Hope your sister will share the chicken recipe. It is so delicious.

  12. I have been eyeing those scissors at one of the local amish stores. Would love to win them! I've started growing some fresh herbs and they would come in quite handy.
    I love your recipes and anything about gardening.

  13. What i love about your blog is that you usually use ingredients that are common and what I normally have on hand. =) Your recipes are always great and you give just the right amount of detail and pictures!! =) I want to make this sandwich. It looks amazing!!

  14. That is incredible. I so love it. Thanks for sharing.

  15. How long are you having the dough hook work this dough?

    I made this and my results are not as beautiful as yours. I'm wondering if I should have had the machine kneed it longer, or not as long maybe! I also didn't need all of the flour at all.

    Need! Kneed! ::ack!::

    1. I didn't time it but it wasn't in for long. You might try finishing the kneading process by hand on a floured surface. It's easier to feel when the dough is right when you're working it by hand. Also not sure what kind of flour you are using but store bought commercial wheat flour is drier and heavier than fresh ground wheat flour. I had to try at least 3 or 4 times before I was happy with mine :)