Crusty Italian Parmesan Bread

Crusty Italian Parmesan Bread
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 1
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups lukewarm water 115 degrees is perfect
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley


  • In a medium size bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour, salt, yeast & water & mix with a wooden spoon until fully combined
  • Place plastic wrap over the top of the dough (touching the dough- not just covering the top of the bowl)
  • Set aside in a warm, dark place to rest at least 8 hours (up to about 24 hours)
  • Remove dough from bowl & place on a well-floured surface & work into a ball (if it's too wet or sticky you can work more flour in- but it should not be too firm)
  • Allow to rest approx 30 minutes
  • Place cast iron dutch oven with lid in oven & preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Carefully remove once preheated & spray bottom with cooking spray
  • Place dough in pot, slash the top several times
  • Sprinkle with cheese, granulated garlic, onion powder, basil & parsley
  • Cover & bake 30 minutes
  • Remove lid & bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden & brown
  • (you know it's done if it sounds hollow when tapped with your fingernail)
  • Cool slightly before serving