Basil-Infused Braided Bread with a Crispy Seed Topping

This recipe brings a delightful twist to traditional bread by infusing it with the fresh, aromatic flavor of basil. The dough is crafted with care, combining flour, yeast, warm water, olive oil, and a touch of sugar and salt, then enriched with finely chopped fresh basil leaves. The bread is shaped into elegant braids, each one carefully formed from three strands, and finished with a milk wash and a sprinkle of seeds for a crunchy texture. Baked until golden, this bread is not only a feast for the eyes but also a treat for the taste buds.

Why You’ll Love This:

  • Aromatic Basil Flavor: The fresh basil infuses the bread with a delightful herby aroma.
  • Beautifully Braided: The intricate braiding makes it perfect for a special occasion or as an impressive homemade gift.
  • Crunchy Seed Topping: Adds a lovely contrast in texture.
  • Versatile: Serve as a side with dinner, as part of a brunch spread, or enjoy simply with butter.
  • Homemade and Heartfelt: There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of baking your own bread.


  • 600 g flour
  • 10 g fresh yeast
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh basil leaves


  1. Prepare the dough by placing the flour in a container and making a well in the center.
  2. In the well, add the yeast, sugar, and warm water. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, including the finely chopped basil leaves, and knead for 5-6 minutes. Let the dough rise for a couple of hours.
  4. Once risen, divide the dough into 9 equal parts.
  5. Roll each part into long strands.
  6. Form three groups, each with three strands, and braid them as shown in the video.
  7. Let the braids rise for another 20 minutes.
  8. Brush with milk and sprinkle with seeds.
  9. Bake at 170°C (338°F) for 40 minutes.

Enjoy this Basil-Infused Braided Bread as a beautiful and flavorful addition to any meal, perfect for sharing with family and friends! 🍞🌿✨

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