Asiago Herb & Garlic Bread

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I love fresh baked bread. There’s something about the way my kitchen smells when it’s baking and when the hot loaf comes out of the oven. This is especially true for this bread, which is filled with garlic, Asiago and Italian herbs.

This makes two loaves of bread, but you can freeze the extra one so that you can have freshly baked bread in the time it takes to reheat the second loaf. As far as bread recipes go, this is about as easy as it gets. So if you’ve never baked bread before, don’t be hesitant to give this recipe a try.

Asiago Herb & Garlic Bread
6 cups all-purpose flour
1- 1/2 cups plus 2/3 cup grated Asiago cheese, divided
2 Tablespoons dry yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon dried Rosemary
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (Adjust up or down according to heat preference.)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
2 cups hot tap water (around 120-130 degrees)
4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

-In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar, salt, 1 1/2 cups Asiago and spices.
-Add hot water and use the dough hook to mix on low for three minutes. Continue to knead, using the dough hook, for an additional four minutes.
-Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a rough ball.
-Drizzle the mixing bowl with oil and return the dough, turning to coat both sides.
-Cover with a damp paper towel or tea towel, and allow the dough to rise for 15 minutes.
-Punch down the dough and divide into two equal portions, pulling the top of the dough down over the sides in tucking in the bottom to form a tight ball.
-Gently pat the dough rounds to flatten the tops.
-Place about 6 inches apart on an ungreased rimmed baking sheet.
-Using a sharp knife, cut a 1/4 inch deep X into the tops of the loaves.
-Drizzle about two tablespoons olive oil across the tops of each loaf and top each with 1/3 cup Asiago.
-Place a cake pan filled with hot water into the oven, and place the baking sheet on the rack above it.
-Turn the oven to 400° and set the timer for 40 minutes.
-The bread is done when it is a deep golden brown and may need up to ten additional minutes to reach that color.

Source: Adapted from Foodie with Family

  • Katie

    Courtney! YUM!! That is a BEAUTIFUL loaf of bread and it sounds just heavenly!! I'm starring to make. I love this!

  • clstar

    Thanks, Katie! It is super tasty, but then again I can't resist anything with garlic and cheese.

  • madebymel

    I love fresh bread. The asiago and garlic in this recipe must add a ton of flavor!

  • Kerstin

    I love asiago bagels, so I know I would love your gorgeous homemade bread, it sounds delicious!

  • Joelen

    Now this bread looks fantastic! Makes me want to make this soon!