Rosemary Olive Oil Bread


This rosemary olive oil bread is soft on the inside with a crunchy outer crust

It’s no secret that I love carbs. I don’t think I can ever give it up. Those diets that cut carbs – I probably would die. I can’t go a day without eating pasta, rice, or bread!

I swear there’s not a better smell than walking by a bakery and smelling fresh bread coming out of the oven. I was reading this book, The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Finn last month (which by the way, if you have not read it, I highly suggest you do. It’s a really easy read and it takes you through her journey at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris), and throughout the book, she talked about walking by all these patisseries and she’d describe the smell of fresh bread coming out of brick ovens. I want to experience that. It just sounds so heavenly and so rustic.

My favorite winter herb is rosemary, hands down. I love the smell of it. It’s so aromatic and smells medicinal to me sometimes. However, let’s not talk about the one time Jason and I killed an ENTIRE rosemary tree in less than a week. Yeah, these are pretty hearty herbs, we were clearly not born with green thumbs. I love getting rosemary and olive oil bread fresh from bakeries. It just smells SO GOOD. I wanted MY house to smell that way and let me tell you – if you make this bread, you will want to live in your oven (ok, not reallllly).

Anyway, make this this winter. It’s so fluffy on the inside and not a super hard crust on the outside. Dip it in some balsamic vinegar and olive oil and I’m pretty sure you’ll want to make a second batch of this.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
Prep Time
2 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
2 hr 55 mins

This rosemary olive oil bread is full of flavor!

Course: Bread
Servings: 1 loaf
  • 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup bread flour + extra for kneading
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp. water, whisked
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary for sprinkling
  1. In a small bowl, combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let proof for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add flours, rosemary, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Mix to combine. Add in the yeast water and olive oil and mix until dough starts to form and starts to pull away from the bowl.
  3. Knead for 5 minutes with the dough hook. If it feels too sticky, add a bit of flour to it, a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Once it's been kneaded, place dough in a lightly greased bowl and place in a warm, draft-free place, and let rise for 1 hour.
  5. After dough has risen and doubled in size, punch it down and form it into a round loaf. Using a pizza pan (or pizza peel, whatever you have), dust with cornmeal and place loaf on top. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, put a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.
  7. Once the dough has risen, brush the top of it with the egg wash mixture then sprinkle rosemary on top.
  8. Carefully slide the dough onto the pizza stone (it should slide off very easily with the cornmeal underneath it) and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is nicely browned and there's a hollow sound when tapped.
  9. Let cool slightly before slicing and dipping in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

I highly suggest investing in a pizza stone. It makes all your breads (and pizzas) have that bakery style crispy bottom crust. It's just so much better to have that crunch!

Source: A Hint of Honey

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Posted on January 04, 2013

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  1. Liddy
    02/02/2013 at 7:38 pm

    Hey, Julie! :) I made this bread tonight, and it was good, except that it seemed rather bland, except for the rosemary. I noticed there was no salt listed in the recipe, so I didn’t add any, but we could really notice the omission of salt when we tasted the bread. Would it adversely affect how the bread turns out if I added some salt next time?

    • 09/26/2013 at 9:09 am

      Sorry, delayed response. No, it wouldn’t adversely affect the bread if you added salt :)

  2. Carly
    09/25/2013 at 11:08 pm

    I agree! It really needs salt. Otherwise, it was a great dipping bread. My whole family loved it. Next time, I’ll add some. :-)

    • 09/26/2013 at 9:20 am

      Hi Carly, thanks for your feedback. I will modify the recipe and add in an addition of salt.

  3. gb
    11/23/2014 at 11:22 am

    The bread was very tasty, but the ratio of flour to liquid seems way off. With 2 cups flour and one cup water/yeast, it made flour soup, so we wound up using closer to 4 cups flour.

    • Julie
      11/24/2014 at 12:40 pm

      That’s interesting that you would use so much flour in the 2:1 flour to water ratio. Others have made it fine with what I wrote but as long as it worked for you, I’m happy :) Thanks for the comment!

      • Linda D
        01/06/2015 at 5:15 pm

        I had the same experience as Gb plus I thought it needed a touch of salt. Today I made it again with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 cup more bread flour. Everyone raved about the texture and flavor with your original recipe though, so they thought I didn’t need to tweek it. Thanks for the great recipe.

      • mary
        12/10/2016 at 1:23 pm

        I agree. had to add extra flour as it was to thin and impossible to knead

  4. tb
    06/08/2015 at 1:21 pm


    This is delicious. I plan to possibly try making this bread. I never grew up eating sugar in our bread-More Europeans don’t normally add sugar in their breads. But since this one is a little different-rosemary in there etc. Wondering if I will need to add the sugar, would it taste noticeably different? Also, how much salt would you add in the recipe too? Thank you.

    • Julie
      06/09/2015 at 10:33 am

      You definitely need to add the sugar because it helps the yeast proof. Salt, I would say start with 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

      • tb
        06/10/2015 at 11:05 am

        Thank you for your reply & help! Can’t wait to make this!!

  5. alysia
    07/17/2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hi there,

    am i able to substitute the bread flour with all purpose? i just really dont want to make another trip to the store! lol


    • Julie
      07/18/2015 at 8:09 am

      You probably could, I have never tried it that way though so I can’t guarantee results!

    • TRISH
      04/26/2017 at 12:30 am

      Go ahead & use all purpose flour & add some vital wheat gluten. Sold by “BOB’S MILL” available in most grocery stores & some food coops. Also, if you have a bread machine use it to make the dough. Shape, rise & bake in the oven. Yummy!

  6. jemma
    02/27/2017 at 12:11 am

    What temp do I cook it in?

    • Julie
      02/27/2017 at 6:30 am

      It says in step 6. 400 degrees.

  7. Marg
    02/28/2017 at 4:11 pm

    I don’t have a pizza stone, what else could I use ?

    • Julie
      03/02/2017 at 7:21 am

      You could turn a baking sheet upside down in the oven while it warms up. I’ve seen people do that instead of a baking stone.

  8. Bernadette
    03/26/2017 at 10:45 pm

    I used to buy a loaf of this bread at my local grocery store but they don’t always have so, I decided to stop being lazy and make my own. I make your recipe once a week now and have it memorized. I do add salt (a personal choice ), and the fresh rosemary is spot on. I enjoy it toasted with butter and honey in the mornings with breakfast. Thank you so much for sharing

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