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Asiago-Rosemary-Pepper Bread

Photo: Michael Kraus; Styling: Roscoe Betsill
Prep time 20 mins
Rise time 1 hr, 10 mins
Bake time 45 mins
Yield Makes 1 (1 1/2-pound) loaf


  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (105° to 110°)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in olive oil. Stir in flour and next 3 ingredients until a soft dough forms.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in 1 cup cheese; knead 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a ball, and place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down.

  3. Shape dough into a round loaf, and place on bottom of bread cloche sprinkled with flour. Cover with bread cloche dome lid. Let rise 25 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 450°. Cut 3 or 4 (1/4-inch-wide) slices into top of loaf. Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water; brush on top of dough. Sprinkle loaf with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, covered with bread cloche dome lid, 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped; let cool.