Asiago Bread

Asiago Bread

  • 25 Minutes Prep4 Hours 20 Minutes Total
  • 24 Servings
  • 110 Calories per Serving
Fragrant herbs and Asiago cheese flavor this wonderful bread that can be baked at home.

Ingredient List

  • 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups Gold Medal™ Better for Bread™ bread flour or Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 package regular or fast-acting dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary or thyme leaves, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups diced Asiago, Swiss or other firm cheese
  • Cooking spray for greasing bowl and cookie sheet


  1. In a large bowl, stir 1 1/2 cups of the flour, the sugar and yeast until well mixed. In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, heat the water over medium heat until very warm and an instant-read thermometer reads 120°F to 130°F. Add the warm water to the flour mixture. Beat with a wire whisk or an electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, stopping frequently to scrape batter from side and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap; let stand about 1 hour or until bubbly.
  2. Stir in the oil, rosemary and salt with a wooden spoon. Stir in enough of the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is soft, leaves side of bowl and is easy to handle. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle flour lightly on a countertop or large cutting board. Place dough on floured surface. Knead by folding dough toward you, then with the heels of your hands, pushing dough away from you with a short rocking motion. Move dough a quarter turn and repeat. Continue kneading 5 to 10 minutes, sprinkling surface with more flour if dough starts to stick, until dough is smooth and springy. Knead in 1 cup of the cheese. Spray a large bowl with the cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place 45 to 60 minutes or until dough has doubled in size. Dough is ready if an indentation remains when you press your fingertips about 1/2 inch into the dough.
  4. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with the cooking spray. Sprinkle flour lightly on a countertop or large cutting board. Gently push your fist into the dough to deflate it. Place dough on floured surface. Gently shape into football-shaped loaf, about 12 inches long, by stretching sides of dough downward to make a smooth top. Place loaf with smooth side up on the cookie sheet. Coat loaf generously with flour. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place 45 to 60 minutes or until dough has almost doubled in size.
  5. Move oven racks to lowest and middle positions. Place an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan on the bottom oven rack; add hot water to the pan until about 1/2 inch from the top. Heat the oven to 450°F.
  6. Pour a small amount of cool water into a clean spray bottle. Spray the loaf lightly with water; sprinkle with a small amount of flour. With a sharp serrated knife, carefully cut a 1/2-inch-deep slash lengthwise down the center of the loaf. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup cheese into the slash.
  7. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F. Bake 20 to 25 minutes longer or until loaf is deep golden and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from cookie sheet to a cooling rack. Cool 30 minutes before slicing; cut with a serrated knife.


  • Clean spray bottle

Nutrition Information

Daily Values (Amount per serving)

Total Fat 3 1/2g 5%, Saturated Fat 1 1/2g 7%, Cholesterol 10mg 3%, Sodium 160mg 7%, Potassium 25mg 1%, Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0g 0%, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 6%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin E 0%, Thiamin 10%, Riboflavin 8%, Niacin 8%, Vitamin B6 0%, Folic Acid 8%, Vitamin B12 0%, Pantothenic Acid 0%, Phosphorus 2%, Magnesium 0%, Zinc 0%, Selenium 10%, Copper 2%, Manganese 8%

Other Nutrients (Amount per serving)

Calories 110, Calories from Fat 30, Trans Fat 0g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0g, Soluble Fiber 0g, Insoluble Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 4g, Beta-Carotene 0%, Omega-3 0g, Carbohydrate Choice 1, Starch 1, Fruit 0, Other Carbohydrate 0, Skim Milk 0, Low-Fat Milk 0, Milk 0, Vegetable 0, Very Lean Meat 0, Lean Meat 0, Medium-Fat Meat 0, High-Fat Meat 0, Fat 1/2, Fruits 0c, Vegetables 0c, Grains 1oz-eq, Meat & Beans 0oz-eq, Dairy 0c, Fats & Oils 0tsp