Miraval Resort and Spa Herbed Garlic Scented Bread Recipe


2 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped, fresh oregano
2 tablespoons minced garlic
7 cups whole-grain wheat flour, more or less may be needed


In a large mixer bowl add the water, yeast, salt and honey and mix well. Then add the oil, herbs and garlic. Allow 5 minutes for the yeast to activate.

Add half of the whole wheat flour to the yeast mixture. Mix by hand or with the bread hook of a mixer. Continue to add a little flour at a time until all is incorporated onto the bowl. Continue kneading until the dough is no longer sticky, this should take about 7 to 8 minutes. The dough should be a little tacky but never sticky.

Divide the dough in half. Massage to form two free-form loaves, or punch them into two 9″ X 5″ X 3″ or equivalent loaf pans. Let rise to double in size, about 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place the loaves in the center of your preheated oven and bake 40 to 50 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Test by inserting a toothpick or skewer into the center of each loaf and, if it comes out clean, your bread is ready. Remove from the oven, take the bread out of the pans and set on a rack to cool before slicing. This bread will keep 3 to 4 days in an air-tight container. When wrapped air-tight with plastic film it freezes well for 2 months.

Miraval Resort and Spa, Catalina, AZ

This recipe for Miraval Resort and Spa Herbed Garlic Scented Bread serves/makes 2 loaves.

Grandma’s Homemade Banana Bread


1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 bananas, mashed
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup sour milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
Combine sugar, butter, bananas, eggs, flour, baking soda, milk, salt and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl; beat well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in a preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Submitted by: Jeannie Meyer

Banana Bread – Quick Bread for Machines


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise


Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine.
Select the Dough setting, and press Start. Mix the bread for 3 to 5 minutes until the bananas are mashed and all ingredients are thoroughly combined. If necessary, use a rubber spatula to push the dough from the sides of the bread pan. When 3 to 5 minutes have passed on the clock display, press Stop. Do not continue mixing. Smooth out the top of the loaf with the rubber spatula.
Select the Bake setting, and press Start. The Bake cycle time may vary with machines, but should be about 50 minutes. To test the bread for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center top. Remove the toothpick. If the bread is done, the toothpick will come out clean. If there is dough on the toothpick, reset the machine on Bake and continue to bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Test again with the toothpick to assure the bread is completely baked. Remove the pan from the machine, but allow the bread to remain in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the bread to cool completely on a wire rack.

Submitted by: Dee