Rustic Rosemary Bread

This rustic rosemary bread has a crispy crust and pillowy soft center. You’ll love making this easy and flavorful artisan bread!

rustic rosemary bread
I made this rustic loaf of bread to go with dinner tonight and let me just say, it is A-MAZ-ING! If you’ve ever had the bread at Macaroni Grill, this is just as good. I am in bread heaven!
This artisan loaf is baked with a pan of water in the oven and all that steam makes for a delicious, crisp crust. The inside is airy, chewy and deliciously soft.
We love to make this bread to go with our favorite Italian dinners. Sometimes I’ll make a plate of olive oil and herbs to dip the bread in, just like they do at restaurants. It’s equally good slathered in butter. Yum!
Another thing I love about this bread recipe is that you can change out the flavorings for a completely different flavor profile. I tried garlic powder, onion powder, basil and oregano and that was mind-blowing.
I just can’t say enough good things about this fabulous bread. You’re going to love it!
5 from 1 vote
Rosemary Bread

This rustic rosemary bread has a delicous crispy crust and pillowy soft center. You'll love this artisan bread! It's like something from a restaurant.

  • 1 TBSP yeast
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2.5 cups flour  (plus up to 1/2 cup more)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Add yeast, sugar, water, flour, salt and rosemary to the bowl of a stand mixer or bread machine.

  3. Mix until the dough is no longer sticky and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Add flour a few tablespoons at a time as needed to achieve this consistency.

  4. Knead in a stand mixer for 7-10 minutes, or let the bread machine run on the dough cycle.

  5. Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour.

  6. Shape dough into a smooth ball. Add a drizzle of oil to a baking sheet and place the dough on the oil. Let rise for 15-20 minutes.

  7. Sprinkle the top of the dough with more rosemary, if desired. Place the butter pat on top of the loaf. 

  8. Fill a shallow baking dish with water and place it on the bottom rack of your oven. 

  9. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F. It should be a deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.


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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good! Amazing texture and flavor and couldn’t be easier to make. This is my new go-to bread recipe. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  2. What kind of pan would one use, and how does one prepare the pan for baking the bread. I want to know what pan to use. Thank you


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