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Cheesy Italian Bread

This crusty bread is as big a treat today as it was when Mom made it back when I was growing up. It goes so well with an Italian meal or alongside a big bowl of soup. —Cookie Curci, San Jose, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1 package (1/4 ounces) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • Cornmeal


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, garlic salt, and cheese. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each half into a 14-in. loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Brush loaves with water. Make three diagonal slashes about 1/2 in. deep with a very sharp knife in each loaf.
  • Fill a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with 1 in. of hot water and place on the bottom oven rack. Bake bread at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 54 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
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  • jieastcott
    Feb 7, 2021

    Delicious and easy to make. I used 3 cups of flour in total and it seemed like maybe a bit too much, but the loaves still turned out really well. Used garlic powder instead of garlic salt and some old cheddar in place of Romano cheese.

  • justmbeth
    Sep 27, 2015

    Really good! I may have used a touch too much flour this time around...but that was a novice bread maker fault. Will make again.

  • stephrae
    Dec 11, 2013

    I have made this twice now and my family loves it!

  • rduckworth
    Dec 4, 2013

    Just a question before I bake this bread. I do not use garlic salt, so how much salt and garlic powder would I use?

  • sent97756
    Apr 7, 2012

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  • granolagirl7
    Jan 9, 2011


  • lz0s18
    May 2, 2010

    Delicious bread and easy to make. I am new to bread-making. This bread was a great boost to my confidence in making bread. I would encourage all to give it a try. A big, big hit at our house !!!

  • krazykrisy
    Oct 29, 2009

    This bread is a family favorite. I also use it sliced in half lengthwise for sub sandwiches with a cup of soup. It's delicious.

  • Pat
    Oct 23, 2009

    Have made this dozens of times and everyone loves it. I often use Parmesean cheese rather than Romano and use garlic powder instead of garlic salt and it comes our great!

  • ak47gramma
    Oct 19, 2009

    Will make this again. We all loved it