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Garlic Parmesan Artisan Bread

Foolproof garlic parmesan artisan bread. It’s crusty on the outside, soft on the inside and loaded with garlic, a hint of rosemary and lots of cheese!
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Natalie


  • c. all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • ½ tsp. active dry yeast
  • c. + 2 tbsp. warm water
  • 6 cloves garlic fresh or roasted, minced
  • 1 c. freshly grated shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly minced rosemary OPTIONAL


  • Whisk the flour, salt and yeast in a medium bowl. While stirring with a wooded spoon, gradually add the water, stir until incorporated. Mix the dough gently and form into a rough ball.
  • Transfer to a large clean (ungreased) bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a draft-free area at room temperature until surface of dough is covered with tiny bubbles and the dough has more than doubled in size (This usually takes about 18 hours or so, however, it still turns out great with just 12 hours of rise time).
  • When the dough is ready, place a Dutch oven into the oven and turn it on to 450 degrees. Allow it to heat in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, knead in minced garlic, 1/2 cup of cheese and rosemary. Transfer the dough to a large square of parchment paper (big enough to cover the bottom of your Dutch oven). Lightly dust dough with flour, cover it with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Using a sharp knife, at a 90 degree angle, score an X in the top of the loaf. Each score mark should be about 3 1/2 inches long and about ¼” deep. Using a mister, spray bottle, clean toothbrush or pastry brush, lightly mist (or brush) the top of the bread with water.
  • Carefully remove Dutch oven from the oven. Place the shaped dough into it, cover and return to the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid, sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for an additional 8-12 minutes or until the top is nice and dark (but not burnt). Remove from the oven and transfer the loaf bread to a cooling rack. Allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing to prevent a gummy crumb.