Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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This Italian Rosemary Bread Recipe is amazing! I cannot wait until you have a chance to try it. My Mom and Dad have fresh rosemary growing at their house and every now and then she makes the most heavenly Rosemary Bread. I thought I would share the recipe with you all in case you are looking for a different type of bread to make.
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Italian Rosemary Bread Recipe
If you’ve ever been to Macaroni Grill before, you may think that this rosemary artisan bread recipe tastes like theirs. I’d agree. It’s a great addition to any Italian meal like spaghetti, lasagna or even my ravioli lasagna recipe. Or, you enjoy a slice with a side salad and call it lunch.
Items You Will Need to Make your Macaroni Grill Bread Recipe
Baking Sheet – Unlike many bread recipes, you don’t bake this in a loaf pan. Instead, you will bake it on a baking sheet and allow it to rise free form. I prefer aluminum because it is durable and will never rust.
Parchment Paper – Line your baking sheet with parchment paper rather than using a non-stick spray. It helps disperse the heat more evenly and won’t make the bottom of your bread too crunchy. I prefer unbleached parchment paper because it’s better for the environment.
Leaf Stripper – If you have ever tried to pull off all of the rosemary from a branch and then chop it into little pieces, you’ll know how time intensive that is. A leaf stripper is a life saver.
Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Non-Stick Parchment Paper, Made in Sweden, 71-Square-FeetJoie Leaf Herb Stripper, Stainless Steel and BPA-Free Plastic, 4-Inches x 1.5-Inches x .25-InchesArtisan Professional Classic Aluminum Baking Sheet Pan Set with Quarter, Half, and 2/3-Size Sheets
Italian Rosemary Bread Recipe Ingredients
Yields 1 loaf
If you've ever been to Macaroni Grill before, you may think that this rosemary artisan bread recipe tastes like theirs.
30 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
50 minTotal Time
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons rosemary
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 egg, beaten (optional)
- Dissolve the sugar in warm water in a medium bowl and mix in the yeast.
- When yeast is bubbly, mix in salt, butter, 1 tablespoon rosemary, and Italian seasoning.
- Mix in 2 cups flour.
- Gradually add remaining flour to form a workable dough and knead 10 to 12 minutes.
- Coat the inside of a large bowl with olive oil.
- Place dough in bowl, cover, and allow to rise 1 hour in a warm location.
- Punch down dough, and divide in half.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lightly grease paper.
- Shape dough into 2 round loaves, and place on the baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with remaining rosemary.
- Cover and allow to rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Brush loaves with egg.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown.
Pro tips for my Italian Rosemary Bread Recipe
There really is nothing like a hearty loaf of warm homemade bread. One of the most important tips I can offer you is to not over-knead your bread. I know it can be tempting to take all of your frustrations out on that poor loaf of bread. But, if you over-knead homemade bread, you’ll make it tough and chewy. You really want this bread to be light and fluffy with lots of holes for the butter to melt into.
If you’d like to boost up the garlic taste, you can turn this into a Rosemary Garlic Bread recipe by adding butter and minced garlic and grilling it in the oven for a few minutes until it’s crispy on top.
If you haven’t yet, try growing a small pot of rosemary on your windowsill. You won’t believe the taste difference between fresh and what comes in those little jars at the grocery store.
I hope you have a chance to try my Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread copycat recipe! Let me know if you do!
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.