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This bread will fill your house with a fresh, wonderful aroma as it bakes! The recipe is time-tested and versatile. You can make fluffy loaves, dinner rolls, baguettes, twists, focaccia, and more!
Total Time: 3 hours
Yield: at least 6 small loaves or a dozen rolls
Source: Adapted from Herb and Onion Bread--The Vegetarian Epicure, by Anna Thomas (1972)
Note: We doubled this recipe, but not its herb proportions. This is because we chose to make about half of it plain, like simple French bread, and half of it savory. If you want to make all the dough savory, feel free to add the herbs to the liquid ingredients (step 2) before stirring in the flour.
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Someone gave me a loaf of fancy deli bread. I didn't like it, but I ate it rather than waste it. To me, it really did have a weird taste.
I kept trying to decide what food would be complimented by this bread. That was a toughy. If anything at all, the bread might be good for making croutons for tomato soup.
There was no descriptive label on the packaging. There was a list of ingredients. Included in that list were oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley flakes, and garlic powder.
Herbs are not my forte. I do know though, that it was either the basil or the rosemary (or a combination of both) that made the bread taste the way moldy dirt smells. Which was it? I'm not familiar with either of these herbs.
When I first read your post, I was expecting the ingredient to be cilantro, which tastes soap (to me). I know this for a fact as I had my mouth washed out with soap when I was a very mouthy child many years ago and said a word my father found quite objectionable. To this day I will not say that word.
My best guess it is the bad flavor is Rosemary, which is not as pretty or tasty as it sounds.
If you hate it, don't suffer through it. Feed it to the birds.
As frugal as I am, life is too short for bad bread (or bad chocolate).
Post back what you decide.
I feel that it is the rosemary! It is the strongest of the other ingredients. Also has a stronger scent next to the others!
Rosemary is probably the herb you dont like. The bread may also have been sourdough, which some people dont like.
You may well be right. I've crushed rosemary leaves with my fingers at the garden center and smelled them. It is hard to imagine anyone putting that in food.
Scents and tastes are so subjective. I mentioned the bread tasted like moldy dirt smells. I detest the taste of potato skins because they taste like dirt, yet mushrooms have an earthy taste and I love them.
I hear you! It all is so subjective! Maybe the birds will like the bread!
Wow, that's tough. I love all those herbs and don't think any of them taste like moldy dirt. But then I like cilantro too so everyone's tastes are different. :)
Rosemary is a woody, earthy herb. It's reminiscent of pine or fir trees. So that could be the one. It's always in the poultry herb bundle I get for Thanksgiving. I have a good recipe for Rosemary Lemon Chicken that I should post if I haven't already.
Basil is very fresh and savory, with almost a licorice flavor. It is what they make pesto out of and I think it is one of the ingredients in Italian seasoning. I love it fresh the best and it goes great with tomatoes.
It might be that the dried herb blend that they used was old or musty and gave the bread that odd flavor. And you might prefer the fresh herbs to dried. I usually use both basil and rosemary fresh.
Good luck with your culinary mystery. :)
That bread has long been gone. This post has been in Drafts for months. Thanks for your concern, though.
I'm surprised no one mentioned my touch of synesthesia. I said the herb(s) tasted the way moldy dirt smells'. (And certain chocolates taste the way a wet dog smells). People ask, 'How can you do that'?
I'll settle for just the touch. I don't want to smell sounds or hear colors...and I surely don't want to feel physical pain every time I see a certain shape.
The herbs in your bread are oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley flakes, and garlic powder. Normally oregano and basil don't hae a bad tste at all and parsley is not an issue. Garlic just adds a flavor to the bread that some people like or do not like. My best guess is the rosemary in this bread is what is making it taste a bit strange to you.