Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rosemary Parmesan Bread

This is the second recipe I am sharing from Mary Swanson's Big Hearted Cookbook. This time I chose to share Rosemary Parmesan Bread. It's a yeast bread, and it's a braid. Was I up for the challenge? Sure!! Sadly, it was not successful. But, I was not going to be defeated by a loaf of bread! I called for help to my new friend that does so much baking, and she was a life saver! She has given me a better understanding of working with yeast, and she reviewed the recipe and showed me how to reorganize the steps and I ended up with the most beautiful loaf of bread I have baked to this day.  This was the first time I have ever purchased fresh rosemary, and I loved it. It's a lovely flavor. I do hope you will try this bread.

Don't forget about the big event coming up the next month. My friend, Stacey, is participating in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  To help Stacey out with her fundraising, we will be having a bake sale and raffling off several prizes to raise money for her cause.  The bake sale will start on May 2nd. Be sure to be signed up for email and facebook, so you get all the updates!

Click here to read more about what Stacey is training for.

Rosemary Parmesan Bread

1/4 c. luke warm water
1 1/2 tsp. dry active yeast
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 c. luke warm milk
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
3/4 c. fresh parmesan, divided, shredded
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour (I used all-purpose)

Dissolve yeast and 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in the 1/4 cup of lukewarm water. Set aside.

To large mixing bowl add milk, olive oil, salt, 2 Tablespoons of sugar, minced rosemary, and 1/2 c. of the fresh parmesan.  Once the yeast mixture has got nice and bubbly, and it to the mixing bowl.

Slowly add the flour one cup at a time, until it comes together. Once you have added your 3rd cup of flour, add the remaining flour a tablespoon at a time. Once it has come together, knead for 8-10 minutes. I let my dough hook do the work.

After 10 minutes, check your dough. Gently stretch it. If it rips easily, continue to knead. If you can get a good stretch out of it, it's ready.  Set the dough in a greased bowl, covered, in a warm area to rise. Let rise about 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Once it has doubled in size, punch the dough down.

Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.  Roll each piece into an 18 inch rope.  Cover the ropes in olive oil, except for the ends, then place them side by side on a greased cookie sheet, and braid.  Press the ends together.  Sprinkle with remaining parmesan.

Let rise for about 30 minutes, or until almost doubled.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate in the middle of baking.

Enjoy :)

Sharing this recipe at:
The Weekend re-Treat
Sweet & Savoury Sunday
Scrumptious Sundays
Finding the Pretty & Delicious
Show your Style Sunday
Wednesday Extravaganza
Tuesday Trivia & Linky Party
Thursday's Treasures
Foodie Friends Friday
Weekend Potluck 
Manic Monday
Strut Your Stuff Saturday 
Farm Girl BlogFest


  1. Yum! I love making homemade bread. I recently tried a rosemary bread and didn't love it. I think the addition of Parmesan would be perfect. Thanks for sharing! I found your link at the Weekend re-Treat.

  2. Holy cow this bread recipe looks delicious! Thanks for linking up this post to The Weekend re-Treat! on The Best Blog Recipes. I wanted to stop by and "Pin" your post while I was here tonight :)

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  3. Hey there! I found your link at The Best Blog Recipes and wanted to let you know how amazing I think this bread recipe looks! I want to invite you to my link party to post this recipe for others to see!

  4. Oh my gosh, this is such a pretty bread! You did a great job. I'm really starting to get into bread making lately so I love this post :)

  5. This looks so good! I bet it tastes delish!

  6. Thank you so much for coming by and linking up today! I hope you have a great week!

  7. Kris, that is one gorgeous bread! Love it, love it, love it :)

  8. Great post. A friend recommended your blog. I will be back for sure!

    I am giving away a set of Ball Canning blue pint jars on my blog right now, I hope you'll stop by!

    Fresh Eggs Daily

  9. Thank you for sharing with Memories by the Mile. This is so pretty and looks delcious. I shared it on twitter and fb and now I'm pinning it.
    Hope to see you next week at Tuesday Trivia.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  10. That bread sound amazing......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  11. Sounds great...looks pretty. Didn't work out so well for me :(

  12. I love to use rosemary. It actually grows like a weed in our garden. One bush provides a ton. Your bread is so pretty I just love homemade bread. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  13. I just made homemade orange marmalade which I'll bet would go great on this bread!

    Check out my post here.

  14. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with Foodie Friends Friday. I'm glad the recipe finally worked out. Good luck to with the bake sale.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  15. I am so glad you did not give up on this recipe. This looks so delicious.

    Thank you for linking this recipe to the In and Out of Kitchen Link party! I can't wait to see what you bring to the party next week!

    Cynthia at

  16. Just made this and am eating it as I speak. So good. So easy and will be on my Italian dinner menu. :)