Rosemary Asiago Bread
This bread is a savory delicious addition to any meal breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Be sure to plan ahead so you can defrost the bread dough overnight in the refrigerator.
Servings: 12 slices
- 2 loaves frozen bread dough,, defrosted
- 1 ½ cups coarsely grated Asiago cheese,, or Parmesan, or Pecorino* see Gr8 Notes
- 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 egg
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together the cheese and rosemary in a flat pan.
Combine the 2 loaves of dough and cut into 3 equal pieces.
Roll each piece of dough into a long rope, about 17 inches.
Brush olive oil onto each rope to completely cover all around.
Then roll each rope in the cheese and rosemary mixture. Make sure each piece is completely covered in cheesy goodness! The more the better. Reserve the leftover mixture to sprinkle on top before baking.
Place the ropes together on the prepared baking sheet. At one end, pinch the 3 ropes together, then braid.
Quick Rise Method
Heat your oven to the lowest setting then turn it off.Place the baking sheet with the braided bread into the oven.Allow 1 to 2 hours to double in size. Check after 1 hour and leave for additional time if necessary.
Overnight Rise Method
Cover the bread loosely with oiled plastic wrap.Place into a cold oven and let rest overnight.In the morning, remove from oven before proceeding.
Baking the Bread
Preheat the oven to 375°F. (Remove the bread first!)
Beat the egg with a fork and 1 Tablespoon water. Brush the top of the loaf of bread with the egg, then sprinkle with remaining cheese and rosemary mixture.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Or until golden brown and you get a hollow sound when tapping the top of the loaf.
Cool on a rack. Slice and enjoy!!!
Asiago, Parmesan, and Pecorino cheeses can be similar in texture, so they can sometimes substitute for one another. I can always find Parmesan (love Costco's!), but sometimes the Asiago is harder to get. The Curious Cuisinière has a Gr8 article explaining the differences.