Heavenly “Italian” Bread

This is a version of “Italian” bread with seasonings in it that will not actually kill me to eat. You can turn this bread into a regular loaf of bread or turn it into rolls. The possibilities are endless! For this recipe, I did turn into smaller loaves. But you do not have too.

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  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 4 1/2 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups Water (110-115 degrees)
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbs Oil
  • 7 1/4 cups Flour (I used Unbleached all-purpose)
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • Cheese (I used Parmesan cheese and Asiago Cheese)
  • Garlic (Optional. You can use either fresh or dried)
  • Parsley (Optional)
  • Cilantro (Optional)


  1. Put yeast and water in a bowl and let proof for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt and oil to the water and yeast.
  3. Add the flour to the mix.
  4. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and knead into a ball….
  5. Let it rise about 30 minutes until it is doubled in size.
  6. Punch down the dough.
  7. Add in the seasonings and cheese and mix until well blended.
  8. Shape into the bread size and loaf shape you want and let rise a second time (about 30 minutes).
  9. Take the beaten egg and gently brush it on the loaves.
  10. Bake in the oven at 325 until golden brown and the bread makes a slight thump sound when tapped.


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