Crusty Italian Parmesan Bread

Serves: 4

Crusty Italian Parmesan Bread is one of the easiest bread recipes around. Perfect with just about any dinner, one loaf never lasts long. It’s delicious.

Dovetailing Tip: Double this recipe to make and additional loaf to use day 2, instead of baking the Honey Wheat Bread.

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3 4 cups 3-4 all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
1 1/2 cup 1-1/2 lukewarm water (115 degrees is perfect)
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 tablespoon parsley


In a medium size bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour, salt, yeast & water & mix with a wooden spoon until fully combined

Place plastic wrap over the top of the dough (touching the dough- not just covering the top of the bowl)

Set aside in a warm, dark place to rest at least 8 hours (up to about 24 hours)

Remove dough from bowl & place on a well-floured surface & work into a ball (if it's too wet or sticky you can work more flour in- but it should not be too firm)

Allow to rest approx 30 minutes

Place cast iron dutch oven with lid in oven & preheat oven to 450 degrees

Carefully remove once preheated & spray bottom with cooking spray

Place dough in pot, slash the top several times

Sprinkle with cheese, granulated garlic, onion powder, basil & parsley

Cover & bake 30 minutes

Remove lid & bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden & brown

(you know it's done if it sounds hollow when tapped with your fingernail)

Cool slightly before serving


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