The aromatics of this rosemary parmesan bread combine the intoxicating scent of fresh rosemary with savory parmesan. The simple-to-make bread will fill your kitchen with rosemary magic and your belly with deliciously textured bread.
Why is rosemary a great herb to use in bread?
Rosemary is a powerful herb that is often added to bread all over the world. Italian Focaccia is made with rosemary more than almost any other herb. Rosemary bread’s popularity stems from its distinctive aromatics.
However, be careful not to overpower the bread with fresh rosemary. Its flavor can turn astringent when too much is used. Also, only use the leaves of the rosemary, as the stem isn't meant for eating or baking with!
Tools & Options
If you have a stand mixer with a dough hook, use it for an even easier rosemary parmesan bread recipe. If you’re making the rosemary bread by hand, don’t let tired arms create a dough that hasn’t been kneaded enough.
Keep in mind if you make no-knead bread, it’s likely the dough will have to rise for a very long time, usually between 12-18 hours. Sometimes, kneading is worth the time saver.
You won’t need any other equipment other than a baking sheet.
Rosemary Parmesan Bread
- Warm water
- All-purpose flour
- Fresh rosemary
- Olive oil
- Parmesan cheese
- Melted butter
🔪How to Make Rosemary Parmesan Bread
- Combine the sugar, yeast, and warm water and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Add salt, rosemary, olive oil, and flour.
- Then, add in the flour and knead until the mixture forms a loose ball.
- Add in the parmesan cheese and knead for 5 more minutes.
- Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- “Punch” down the dough and form it into a round.
- Next, place onto a greased baking sheet and add remaining rosemary on top.
- Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, while preheating the oven to 375 degrees.
- Brush with melted butter and sprinkle parmesan on the bread.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes and let cool completely.
💭Tips and Tricks
- If the dough looks too dry at first, don’t add flour to compensate. Knead for the full five minutes and, more than likely, the dough will come together perfectly in that time.
- A great way to proof dough is by covering it and placing it into an oven that has been set to 170 degrees. Once the bread goes in, you can turn the oven off and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. The heat will stay at a nice low level, but work its magic to create a beautiful rise.
- To make sure the bread is done, carefully pick it up from the oven and tap the bottom of the loaf with your fingers. The loaf should make a “hollow” sound, which tells you the bread is ready.
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Is rosemary parmesan bread healthy?
There is no difference between rosemary bread and other bread when it comes to carbs or calories. However, this rosemary bread recipe is made with olive oil instead of butter.
Also, rosemary is known to be an anti-inflammatory that contains antioxidants. Rosemary in all forms can boost alertness, focus, and energy. So, have a slice and enjoy.
Why is rosemary parmesan bread tough?
Homemade bread usually ends up too tough and chewy when the dough is not kneaded enough. Make sure to let your dough hook (or the strength of your hands) work the dough for the full time.
Not proofing the bread enough can also create a tough-textured bread. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for the entirety of both proofing times. With patience, your bread will be soft with a crispy crust and delicate texture.
What do you serve this rosemary parmesan bread with?
Rosemary Parmesan bread is a savory, fragrant loaf of bread that goes with many dishes. Rosemary bread goes well with pasta or a meal consisting of beef, lamb, or chicken.
Rosemary bread even makes a delicious base for a grilled cheese sandwich. If you’re all about the bread, just have a slice with some olive oil or butter and enjoy the rosemary bread all by itself.
What are the best herbs to put in homemade bread?
Herbs can easily be added to any bread recipe on their own or in combination with each other. In addition to rosemary, bread can also be enhanced with basil, sage, thyme, chives, fennel, or dill.
When used together, certain amazing combinations work wonders like basil, thyme, and oregano or oregano, marjoram, dill, and mint for a Greek-inspired bread. The possibilities are nearly endless so go ahead and raid that spice rack!
Should I use fresh or dried rosemary in bread?
Either fresh or dried rosemary can work for a bread recipe. Make sure to convert the measurements by using 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs.
Overall, fresh herbs just offer a bit more boldness to the end result so use them if you’ve got them.
Rosemary Parmesan Bread Recipe
- 1 ¼ cups warm water
- 1 ½ TBSP yeast
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 TBSP fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated + more for topping bread
- 2 TBSP melted butter
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (or by hand in a bowl), add the sugar and yeast to the warm water. Then, let the yeast mixture rise for 5-10 minutes.
- To the yeast mixture, add salt, all but ½ teaspoon of rosemary, olive oil, and flour.
- Then, add in the flour and bring together with a dough hook or hands until the mixture forms a loose ball.
- Now, add in the parmesan cheese and continue to knead for 5 minutes.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
- “Punch” down the dough with your fist, before lifting it and dropping it back into the bowl a few times.
- Next, turn the dough onto a floured surface and form it into a circular round shape.
- Place the round bread onto a baking sheet that has been lightly greased with cooking spray.
- Next, add the remaining chopped rosemary to the bread and gently pat it so it sticks.
- Cover the bread and let it rise for another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Brush the bread with melted butter and sprinkle additional parmesan over the bread.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the bread to cool completely on a wire rack.