I used to be terrified of making bread. The yeast, hoping the dough would rise, the time it took. Something has always stopped me from making bread in the past. Then earlier this year I made a King Cake and all my fears disappeared. Since then, I have really enjoyed making my own bread although it still feels time consuming.

On our recent Aspen trip I made this super yummy rosemary bread. I found the recipe on Pinterest, my new favorite place for food inspiration, and it was a hit!

homemade rosemary bread

Because I was not sure what the house would have, I brought all of my ingredients with me. (Turned out this was unnecessary) They were pre-measured out in bags for each step.

homemade rosemary bread

I let the sugar and yeast dissolve in warm water for about 10 minutes while I chopped up the rosemary.

Yep, all that beautiful rosemary!

Then I mixed it with the salt, rosemary, seasonings, olive oil, and flour.

homemade rosemary bread

I added the bread flour and kneaded the dough on the floured butcher block for about 5 minutes. It was pretty sticky. Once mixed, I let the bread rise for the first time in the bowl.

homemade rosemary bread

Then I punched it down, reformed it and placed it in the warm window to rise a second time.

homemade rosemary bread

After baking for 20 minutes, it turned this beautiful shade of golden brown. It was absolutely terrific. I can’t wait to make this again at a slightly lower altitude as it didn’t seem to rise to it’s full potential. Maybe it wasn’t warm enough and I was in a hurry so I might have been a little impatient. See…that time consuming thing again.

Here is the recipe if you would like to make it yourself.


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning (or pinch of each ground garlic, dried oregano, and dried basil)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used all-purpose, but the original recipe called for whole wheat)
  • 1/2 cup bread flour + extra for kneading
  • 1 egg, whisked + 1 Tbsp. water, for egg wash
  • dried rosemary, for sprinkling


  1. In a large bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit 10 minutes to proof.
  2. Stir in the salt, rosemary, seasonings, olive oil, and flour. Add the bread flour and stir until the dough forms a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes, adding more flour as necessary to prevent sticking, until smooth.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl; cover; and let rise until doubled in size, about1 hour.
  4. Punch down the dough and form it into a round loaf. Place it on a cornmeal dusted pizza peel or parchment paper; cover; and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven (and pizza stone) to 400 F. Once the dough has risen, gently brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with dried rosemary.
  6. Bake on preheated stone for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.

Makes 1 round loaf.

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19 comments on “rosemary bread

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  2. Suzanne@TheWine{a}be on said:

    YUM!! I love bread…and rosemary bread at that!!! It is one of my favs…no joke. I am gonna try the recipe! Looks delish and I am now starving. ;)

  3. Melissa on said:

    I'm terrified of making bread, basically for all of the reasons that you just listed. It seems so daunting, but looking at that picture of your finished product I could practically smell it. So maybe I'll try it out.
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    • Deanna on said:

      Oh, you really should. It's a bit time consuming, but the bread is so good in the end. I've found it to be a fun weekend thing to do while reading a book during all the wait time.

  4. karahill on said:

    This looks so good. I love anything with rosemary….thanks for this post!

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  6. Trish @ Uncommon on said:

    This looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this yummy recipe with us!

    Take care,

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  8. Sharon on said:

    That is truly beautiful bread. So golden brown. I bet the rosemary tastes so savory in the bread. And congrats on getting past your fear of baking bread! I need to follow your example! Thanks for sharing this recipe at Show & Tell.
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  9. Sharon on said:

    I don't doubt that for one minute! I love bread.

  10. Oh how gorgeous! I love rosemary and I love baking bread!! I can't wait to try this one out!

  11. {Adventuresindinner} on said:

    Isn't making bread somehow the most satisfying thing to do? I always feel like I've really accomplished something when I'm done. I'm going to add this to my 'to make' list. Thanks so much for sharing at our Pin'inspiration Party, I'm very gladd to be one of your happy followers C:

  12. Ashley on said:

    This looks so yummy! I can't wait to try this! I have never made my own bread before, so this is going to be my first bread recipe!
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  13. Betsy@RomanceOnaDime on said:

    I just brought home some fresh rosemary!!! I'm excited to try this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime. I loved this idea so much I featured you on this week's Take it on Tuesday. :)
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  14. Taylor on said:

    Thank you so much for linking up this yummy bread at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week. You've been FEATURED! :) I hope you'll link up again soon! http://taylornorris.blogspot.com/2012/05/unveil-y…

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