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Asiago Herb and Garlic Crusty Bread

Fresh homemade asiago cheese crusty bread! This is such an easy recipe you'll wonder why you're buying bread at the store! This homemade bread only takes a few hours to make and the reward is crusty, fresh smelling bread made in your own kitchen.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Author foodnessgracious


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2/3 cup grated Asiago cheese divided
  • 2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp minced fresh garlic-optional
  • 2 cups hot tap water (120-130 degrees F)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • In a large bowl combine the flour, 1 1/2 cups of grated Asiago, yeast, sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, rosemary, pepper flakes, garlics, onion and water until a dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until a smooth ball forms.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled clean bowl and place it seam side down in the bowl.
  • Cover with a clean towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • Divide the dough in half and form into two smooth dough balls.
  • Place the dough balls on a baking sheet pan and gently flatten the surface a little.
  • Using a sharp knife cut three slits on each loaf and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle remaining Asiago cheese over the loaves.
  • Place the pan on the middle rack of a cold oven and add a pan of hot tap water directly below the dough pan.
  • Close the oven and set teh temperature to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake for 40 minutes and then let cool on a wire rack.