Herbs and bread are such a natural combination, whether savory or sweet. Here are some delicious combinations to try!

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You can take a nice basic wheat or white bread recipe and add a tablespoon of mixed dried or fresh, minced herbs to the dry ingredients. Try using basil, thyme, sage and oregano. I also like to add a little bit of sugar and some parmesan cheese to the basic recipe.

You can add herbs to pizza dough -- even the simple box mixes come alive if you add herbs and a touch of sugar and cheese! Try adding minced herbs to a plain scone recipe, or throw in some chopped chives and oregano into your cornbread mix.

Herbs can be used with sweet breads as well. Add fresh lavender blooms or a few finely minced lavender leaves to your favorite sweet breads, such as Sally Lunn. You can also add any of the lemon herbs to bread, cake and cookie recipes -- simply mix and add to the dry ingredients.

Here are a few easy recipes to try:

Easy Herb Pizza
Ingredients:
4 boxes or envelopes of pizza crust mix (Jiffy or Martha White)
1 teaspoon of mixed dried herbs -- basil, oregano or rosemary
About 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
Dash garlic powder
Pizza sauce
Toppings

Directions:
Mix the dough according to box directions but BEFORE adding liquid, mix in the herbs, garlic and cheese. Mix and form into a loose ball with your hands that you've coated in olive oil. Let it rest five to 10 minutes. Press into two 12-inch pizza pans -- half for each one. Top with sauce, toppings and cheese. Bake at 450 degrees F until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Herbed Croutons
Ingredients:
Day old homemade or bakery bread
Olive oil
Minced fresh herbs of your choice

Directions:
For every two to three cups of cubed bread, drizzle olive oil over the cubes and sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of minced herbs (or 1 tablespoon dried) on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F, stirring and watching often, about every five minutes until crispy. Use in salads and soups.

Easy Focaccia
Ingredients:
Pre-made pizza crust
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese
Fresh, minced herbs

Directions:
Preheat oven according to crust directions. Drizzle the crust with olive oil, sprinkle with a tablespoon of minced herbs. Rosemary also works well by itself, but use sparingly! Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake. This can be used with a meal, or as a snack.

These are easy, easy recipes to start you on your way to using herbs with bread, but be sure to try your own combinations and experiment with your favorite recipes!

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