Italian Cheese Bread

Homemade Italian bread topped with herbs, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese

Photo by Stacy B.
Adapted from tammysrecipes.com

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TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from tammysrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • Bread:

  • 2-1/2

    cups all-purpose flour or bread flour

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • 1

    teaspoon sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon active dry yeast (can use instant)

  • 1

    cup warm water (120*F)

  • 1

    tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Topping:

  • 1/4

    cup prepared Italian salad dressing*

  • 1/8

    tsp salt

  • 1/4

    tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4

    tsp ground oregano

  • 1/4

    tsp dried thyme

  • Dash pepper

  • 1-2

    tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1

    cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

1. In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients. 2. Combine water and oil; add to flour mixture. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and elastic. 3. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. (Optional: if in a hurry, just skip this rise.) 4. Punch the dough down; place on a greased 16" pizza pan and pat into a 16" circle. Brush with salad dressing (I use the back of a spoon). 5. Combine the seasonings; sprinkle over top. Sprinkle with cheeses. 6. For a fluffier cheese bread (our preference), at this point, allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes or so. If you're in a hurry, just skip this rise. (The bread will rise while it bakes, too.) 7. Pre-heat the oven to 450*F. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown. See additional notes for baking tips! 8. Slice into 12 slices. Serve warm.

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