Provenal Cheese and Herb Bread

Provenal Cheese and Herb Bread
Servings: 12 Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices) Prep 25 mins Rise 2 hrs 30 mins Bake 400°F 35 mins


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon water

Make It

1. Sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup of the warm water (105 degrees F) in a glass measuring cup. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Mixture will be foamy.

2. In a large bowl, stir together 3-1/4 cups of the flour, salt, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, sage, pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon sugar.

3. Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture. Add remaining 1 cup warm water and the olive oil. Stir to form a ball. Mix in 3/4 cup of the shredded cheddar.

4. Turn out onto a well-floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, adding additional flour as needed until dough is smooth and elastic.

5. Grease a large bowl with a little additional olive oil. Place dough in bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 1-1/2 hours, until doubled in size. Punch dough down.

6. Roll out dough into a 20 x 8-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Roll up from a short side. Fold ends under loaf and place seam-side down in a greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-5/8-inch loaf pan. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for an additional hour.

7. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush top of loaf with the egg wash. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 35 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan to rack; cool.

9. To present, wrap the cooled loaf in a pretty patterned dish towel; place atop the cutting board with a rolling pin beside it. Enclose everything in colored cellophane; tie with ribbon. Makes 1 loaf (12 slices).

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 223, Fat, total (g): 6, chol. (mg): 28, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 33, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 7, sodium (mg): 457, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.