If I could only eat two things for the rest of my life, it would be bread and chocolate.
What would you chose?
I generally try to avoid white bread unless I make it from scratch, just to keep things balanced. I actually think I’ll give this recipe a go with half-whole wheat flour, half all-purpose flour next time because I think it could still be delish.
But man, there’s nothing like a still-warm fresh baked loaf of bread from the oven. The smell is absolutely intoxicating. I think I was born to bake bread. It just seems to come naturally to me, which is something I can’t say for MANY things (singing, math, doing anything outdoors).
But getting to see a few simple ingredients that almost everyone has in their pantry turn into a living growing dough and then again into something that everyone wants a bite of… it’s pretty magical.
Bread really doesn’t need to be intimidating or complicated, which is why I love to share recipes like this No Knead Rosemary Parmesan Skillet Bread which is almost too simple and easy to believe.
You can use whatever sturdy herbs or cheese you prefer. Dip the bread in oil & balsamic, slather with butter, or dip into a tomato sauce. Add in garlic, olives, or whatever else you like. Make this recipe your own!
If you have any questions or want to learn more about homemade bread baking, check out this free guide!
Taste: I absolutely adore the fresh, earthy, piney taste of rosemary, especially when combined with salty Parmesan cheese!
Texture: The bread develops a wonderfully crisp rich crust, while the inside is light and tender.
Ease: Ridiculously easy.
Pros: The dough comes together in a matter of minutes and using the cast iron pan means no shaping. Not to mention it creates a beautiful crust!
Would I make this again? Yes and yes.
How to make No Knead Rosemary Parmesan Skillet Bread
Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
If you don’t have instant yeast, you can always substitute with the same amount of active dry yeast. Simply add the active dry yeast to the warm water and let it proof for 5 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) instant yeast
2 cups lukewarm water
4 1/2 cups (574 grams) all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus more for sprinkling
1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and water. Add half the flour in and stir with a wooden spoon. Add the rosemary, salt and remaining flour and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Brush 2 tablespoons olive oil over the bottom of a 10 or 12-inch cast iron skillet. Sprinkle the dough and your hands with flour before shaping it into a disk. Dough will be sticky, it doesn’t have to shape perfectly. Place in the skillet, cover loosely, let rise until puffy, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
Drizzle additional olive oil over the top of the bread. Slash the dough with a sharp knife to create an X shape. Sprinkle with rosemary leaves. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle all over with the Parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Adapted from Baker Bettie.
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