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Crescia al Formaggio - Italian Cheese Bread

italian cheese bread

This is an old Italian bread recipe, usually only for Holidays. Even though this version is for a bread maker machine, it can be made just like ordinary bread. It is very rich, and baking it gives the house a wonderful smell.

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  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup warm milk (just barely warm)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups Pecarino-Romano cheese, freshly grated ( I usually use 1 cup romano and one cup parmesan)
  • 3 cups bread machine flour
  • 1 tsp bread machine yeast
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper


Add all ingredients in the order listed.
Set the bread machine to dough and start. (If your dough cycle doesn't have a rise period, set for white bread and remove after the first rise.)
After the first rise remove from the machine and punch down the dough.
Place in an oiled pan or leave in the bread machine pan.
Cover and place in a warm (not hot), draft free place.
Let the dough rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake in the oven for 60 minutes, or until golden brown and a hollow sound is heard, when the bottom on the pan is tapped.
Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool.

Contributed by Elizabeth Dakin