Cracked Pepper Bread Recipe
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Cracked Pepper Bread Recipe

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I love my bread machine and am always trying new recipes in it. This bread is one of my successes. When it's baking, the whole kitchen smells wonderful. Basil, garlic, chives and Parmesan cheese give this tall tender loaf a real Italian flavor.—Joy McMillan, The Woodlands, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water (70° to 80°)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 141 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 319 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check the dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Yield: 1 loaf (2 pounds, 16 slices).
Originally published as Cracked Pepper Bread in Taste of Home April/May 2004, p22

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Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"Very flavorful and good. Herbs were not overpowering."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Thank you Joy and TOH for this recipe. See this bread pictured on my page. No kidding, the house did smell wonderful when it was baking. Love the flavor. It is subtle as not to overpower a nice sandwich. Absolutely will make again. Halving this recipe worked well for me. Followed manufacturers instructions when loading my bread machine. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"Wow! So good, and light such a flavorful bread. YUM!!"

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