Baker Bettie

Spicy Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread

Sliced bread with the text "Spicy Garlic and Herb Bread"

I have the kind of job that is already going full speed before I even wake up in the morning.

I turn my work phone on at 8am to 20 missed calls and 10 new voicemails from people pulling me in every which direction. I go into a meeting with someone that should last an hour only to have it turn into 5 hours of trying to prevent a crisis. I rush, rush, rush, putting out fires, and doing 100 different things without doing anything that is actually on my to-do list. I get screamed at, I get blamed for things completely out of my control, people put their faith in me to do things that are nearly impossible.  And some days, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but on days like today… it. is. truth.


Fresh rosemary and peppers

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy what I do. I actually really love it. But nonetheless I come home on most days feeling very tense. I need to relax. I need my OWN therapy. And on days like today, I bake.

Baking is my safe place. My creative place. My “me time” place. My “let all of my stresses of the day go” place.

Bread loaf tied with a piece of string

I am so grateful that I discovered how therapeutic baking can be for me and I think everyone needs a “place” like this.  So tell me… what is yours?

Bread sliced with the text "Spicy Garlic and Herb Bread"


Spicy Garlic and Herb Bread loaf tied up with string

Spicy Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread

This fool proof, no-knead bread is perfect for the first time bread maker as well as the experienced baker. Delicious to dip in garlic oil or use it to kick a BLT up a notch!


  • 1 TBSP active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 TBSP kosher salt
  • 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, (or butter of choice. I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or pushed through a garlic press
  • 1 TBSP fresh minced rosemary (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried basil


  1. In a large bowl combine yeast, water, salt, and flours
  2. Stir until it forms a wet, sticky dough. You can use clean hands for this, or a spoon. You can also use a dough hook of a mixer, but mix just until a ball forms.
  3. Cover with a clean towel or loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours.
  4. Melt the butter and mix in all of the garlic and herbs.
  5. Dust a clean flat surface with flour and sprinkle flour on top of the risen dough, a rolling pin and dust your hands.
  6. Take the dough out of the bowl and form into a ball by pulling the sides down to the bottom several times.
  7. If the dough is still very sticky, dust some more flour on top of the dough.
  8. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle and liberally brush the dough with the butter/garlic/herb mixture. Save about 2 tbsp of the butter for the top of the dough.
  9. Roll the dough starting on the shorter side to the other end. Take the two ends and fold them into the center.
  10. Flip the dough over and put the seam side down into a greased bread pan.
  11. Brush the top of the dough with the rest of the butter/garlic/herb mixture.
  12. Let rise at room temperature for 1 hour.
  13. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  14. Using a sharp knife, make 3 slashes on top of the loaf.
  15. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.
  16. Let cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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16 comments on “Spicy Garlic and Herb Swirl Bread”

  1. You poor thing! That sounds exhausting! I have 3 diff. happy, relaxing, de-stress things I do: 1.bake—like you ๐Ÿ™‚ 2.Watch TV 3.Read.

  2. I’m sorry you had a really rough day, hope you are getting some much deserved relaxation time this evening! Just bookmarked this bread to make as soon as possible, looks amazing…making bread for me is very therapeutic ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. There is no better therapy than baking bread. Your photos are amazing!

  4. I know just how you feel. For me, it’s baking, but also creating, which doesn’t necessarily mean baking, but cooking in general. Like a few days ago, I was getting a soup ready for the slow cooker. It was relaxing, even though I had to rush out the door in 15 minutes.

  5. I can relate to this soooo much. I just gave up a job in advertising because I realised I was missing out on my life. Cooking is what kept me sane and maybe… hopefully…. I can turn it into something that quite literally ‘wins my bread’ in the future.
    Love the way you set your food in-scene!

  6. When I started blogging my job was similar to yours and I needed something that was mine. Being in the kitchen gives me time to create something of value, that is hopefully delicious, and a chance to decompress. This bread is lovely! Bread is one area I haven’t conquered in the kitchen but I am getting better. I will have to give this one a go soon!

  7. Where is the WordPress reblog button?

  8. That looks so good and I wish I had that ability for letting go of stress myself, I really love swimming and it seems to help my joints and to let go of stress. But your food looks amazing and super delish!

  9. The bread looks amazing … Happy Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hi I’m new here! I bake when I’m extremely stressed or work out lol I know the two are on completely different spectrums

  11. I just added this to my favorites, so I could make it asap ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Can’t wait to use some of our fresh rosemary for this bread! These days, yoga and walks around the lake are my de-stress friends.

  13. Hi bakingbettie! When I read your statement that “Baking is my safe place. My creative place. My ‘me time’ place. My ‘let all of my stresses of the day go’ place, I knew I had come to the right place. This is my first visit here and while this recipe just makes me drool, I have to eat gluten free. I noticed you have quite a few gf recipes and I will be back soon! Your site is lovely and I am so glad to have stumbled upon such a welcoming place. If you ever do develop this in a gluten free version, I will be the first to thank you.

    • Hi Allison, thanks for stopping by! I do have several gluten free recipes on my blog you might check out. I haven’t yet tried gluten free yeast bread, but do want to some day. It is a challenging beast, I know that!

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