Serving rosemary bread with rosemary-flecked olive oil rather than butter is a nod to the Mediterranean diet, in which olive oil is the primary fat.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2004


Credit: Kirsten Strecker

Recipe Summary

Makes 2 loaves


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  • Stir together yeast and the warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer. Let stand until foamy, about 7 minutes.

  • Add 3/4 cup water, the olive oil, sugar, salt, chopped rosemary, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, and the whole-wheat flour to bowl. Fit mixer with the dough hook; mix on low speed until dough comes together, about 1 minute. Raise speed to medium-high; mix until dough is smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Shape dough into a ball, and transfer to oiled bowl. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  • Punch down the dough; let rest, covered, 15 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and divide in half.

  • Roll one piece into an 11-inch-long loaf. Gently twist dough to create contours, then tuck ends underneath. Transfer to a baking sheet. Press half the rosemary leaves into loaf. Repeat with remaining piece of dough.

  • Loosely cover baking sheet with plastic wrap, and let loaves rise slightly in a warm, draft-free spot 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Dust loaves with remaining teaspoon all-purpose flour. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


Reviews (2)

71 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
This bread is airy, soft and delicious. In addition to rosemary, I added kalamata olives & garlic and couldn't be happier with the results. It has a biscuit-like taste that will leave you devouring every crumb!
Rating: 4 stars
I tried the recipe last night and the bread came out great. This is a soft and airy bread that can be customized with any herb available and is great for sandwiches. I think next time I will include sun-dried tomatoes and see how it goes!