Total Time
3hrs 45mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 45 mins

This Italian bread is baked especially for Easter. Fresh rosemary can be lightly browned in olive oil to flavor the oil (then discard the rosemary) instead of using the dry rosemary. Recipe is from the book, "World Sourdoughs From Antiquity" by Ed Wood.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Measure the starter into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the milk, olive oil, salt, sugar, rosemary, raisins, and 2 beaten eggs and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring until it is too stiff to mix by hand.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead in remaining flour until dough is satiny.
  5. Form an oval or round loaf.
  6. Place on a baking sheet and proof, covered, for 1 to 2 hours, or until about doubled in bulk.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Make crisscross slash in top of loaf.
  9. Brush with the remaining beaten egg.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes.
  11. Remove loaf from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  12. NOTE: This recipe can be made in your bread machine on the dough cycle; add ingredients to machine in order given, with the exception of the final beaten egg.
  13. Shape and bake as above.
Most Helpful

Loved this bread, I also used more flour, but only about 1/2 cup. Then I put and extra 1/2 tsp of rosemary as I love the flavor, next time I might just go ahead and double. The bread was wonderful and enjoyed as toast for breakfast and again with a sandwich for lunch. This is bound to remain one of my favorites - thanks Donna for another great sourdough recipe. 6-27-2016 Update, continue to make this wonderful bread when ever I want to impress. One of the best

Bonnie G #2 June 27, 2016

Marvelous bread! Used a potato sourdough that was especially sharp & sour & an additional 1/2 teaspoon of instant yeast. Did initial mixing with Electrolux stand mixer using 1/2 bread flour & 1/2 King Arthur's white whole wheat flour. Added an additional 1 1/4 cups white w/w flour to make it workable. Used 4 T fresh rosemary leaves, bruised & tossed into dough whole & closer to a cup of golden raisins. Made 2 beautiful well risen loaves - blistered crusts & excellent chewy open crumb. This is a keeper recipe. Thank you Donna for posting this great recipe!

Buster's friend June 12, 2008

I have made this recipe twice now, although I do use the dough cyle on my bread machine. It is a lovely bread (I took a picture and submitted it) and has incredible flavor. I did use freshly ground, fresh rosemary. I, too, had to add about an extra cup of flour and maybe slightly more. I am trying your Garlic & Parmesan (#39632) later this week.

Palmetto Cook March 12, 2008