March 19th, 2015

Rustic Rosemary Bread

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I’ve always loved the aroma and flavor of fresh rosemary in a homemade loaf of bread, which is probably why this simple Rustic Rosemary Bread is one of my favorites. 

Rustic Rosemary Bread

It’s so simple to make (rustic means you don’t have to worry about ending up with a perfectly shaped loaf!), and it goes well with pretty much any meal.

And the smell while it’s baking is just heavenly!

This recipe does make two small loaves, which is perfect for my bread-loving family. If you’re only cooking for one or two, you might want to half the recipe.

But honestly, I’d just make both and freeze one for later–if it lasts until later!

Rustic Rosemary Bread

Preparation 1-80 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or a .25 oz. packet)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling on loaves (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper and olive oil, for serving


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, whisk together the water, yeast and sugar until yeast has dissolved. Let stand for 5-10 minutes, or until yeast is foamy.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 cups flour, the rosemary and the salt. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add in 1 cup more flour and mix on medium speed until smooth an elastic, adding additional flour as needed if dough is sticking to bowl. Cover bowl and allow to rest in a warm place until more than doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Grease a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and shape each into an oval by folding and tucking the edges into the center.
  6. Transfer the loaves to the prepared baking sheet, seem sides down. Allow to rest, uncovered, for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 400 degrees during last 10 minutes of rising.
  7. Bake loaves in the preheated oven 10 minutes, the remove from oven and brush loaves with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. If desired sprinkle tops with coarse salt. Return to oven and bake 8-10 minutes longer until golden brown.
  8. Serve warm with a mixture of olive oil and freshly ground black pepper for dipping, if desired.
1 review

 Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Cooking Classy



  1. I love rosemary in bread and this sure looks scrumptious.

  2. This looks amazing! I’ve only recently been introduced to the amazingness that is rosemary and I can’t wait to try this as soon as I get more! 🙂

  3. Positively tempting!! I haven’t made bread in a while, but my daughter adores toasted rosemary versions. I think I see a loaf of this in my future this weekend!

  4. I love bread! Yours is so fantastic and sounds so good!

  5. Hi!

    I’ve been using your recipe as my base for rustic bread for the past few weeks. It’s just perfect! I experiment adding garlic, olives, etc. to the mix – always turns out great.

    I do want to note that I use King Arthur’s all purpose flour, which has a higher percentage of gluten than most AP flours (closer to bread flour) – I haven’t tested this with other AP flours. I’m sure it’s delicious, still!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Elaine Williams says:

    This is by far the easiest recipe for rosemary bread I have found. All the other sites were way too chatty about the bread. Making this tonight for company.


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