By Hunter on June 12, 2003
Photo by emershine
Photo by emershine
"This is an attempt to immitate the excellent bread that is served in the Macaroni Grill Restaurant."
Serving Size: 1 (611 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I made the dough in the bread machine by first warming the water and butter in the microwave for a minute then I added the dry ingrediants and put the yeast on top. Even though I accidently put both tablespoons of butter in the dough it still came out good. I used 2 3/4 cups of flour and only 2 teaspoons of the sugar. Shaped the loaves and let them rise and then used an egg wash (beaten egg yolk with a smidge of water to loosen) then just sprinkled with sea salt. I also put a pan of water on the bottom rack to help with the crust. Not sure if it made a difference or not. A keeper for sure. Thanks."
"Fantastic! The best tasting and lightest bread I have ever made! It took a lot of willpower to stop at one thick slice. Yumm. I baked one loaf now and froze the other half of the dough before the second rise. When I get ready to use it I'll thaw it and rise it a second time and bake as usual. Thanks for the great recipe!"
"Just made this with mostly whole wheat flour. FABULOUS! Light and moist, even with the heavy flour. Didn't put the extra rosemary on top; brushed the finished loaves with melted butter and sea salt. The herbs could easily be substituted with others per your taste. Thank you for posting."
"Delicious! We all loved this bread and it does taste like Macaroni Grill's, but it does not rise like theirs. Beware this dough is extemely sticky and gluey. It was all over my hands and very hard to work with when I transferred it to the baking sheet, but it does turn out well! I used the entire 2 1/2 cups of flour and was tempted to add more because of how sticky it was, but I didn't. My kids loved this and I will definitely make again."
"This was awesome....It was so easy...tasted better than the Macaroni Grill (even my family thought so) and everyone was impressed that I made it....It is really good when you cook it with a thin coating of olive oil in the bottom of the pan and top it off with a little bit of sea salt. Thanks for the recipe!"
"Doubled the recipe; the dough initially was a little sticky, but after working it with the KitchenAid/dough hook for about 6 minutes, it came out excellent. Great recipe with a lot of possibilities. Next time I will try to use olive oil and a little Parmesan in the mix. Thank you for sharing this recipe!"
"Very good! I added 1/2 whole wheat flour, and it was delicious. I also skipped down to step 8 and threw it all in the bread maker."
"Absolutely brilliant! Tastes wonderful. Only thing I did different was added extra rosemary and threw in some minced garlic into the dough. Turned out so yummy. Definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a quick bread that is sure to please everyone at the table. It's so easy to make, just try it."
"Delicious! I doubled the recipe & put the dough in a 9" round silicone cake pan & it came out perfect. The bread is delicious. Instead of butter, with 5 min left to bake - I did a egg white wash & sprinkled rosemary & sea salt. Next time I'll try Parmesan too!
Great for egg sandwiches!"
"We have a rosemary plant growing faster than we know what to do with it so I decided to make this bread to accompany a soup. The bread is wonderful and aromatic. I only used 1 tablespoon of butter and thought it was tasty as is. It was a lot easier than I expected. It is a great way to use up some of our rosemary and will be made again."
"This is really great bread! Soft on the inside and very aromatic. Will definitely be making again! The only the I'd do differently would be to put a pan of water on the bottom oven rack so the bread would be more crusty. And next time I'll be waiting at the oven door with my dipping oil!"
"I made this bread and it was as good or better than the restaurant. It was so delicious!!!!!! I doubled the recipe when I made it so I would have lots for my family to enjoy. To be healthier, I substituted smart balance instead of butter. Next time I will substitute olive oil instead of butter. I found that I had to use a little extra flour than the recipe said, no big deal. It is great!!!"
"I love this bread, and it smells heavenly when baking. I also add a bit of italian seasoning and divide the dough into two smaller loaf pans. Perfect size for smaller families, and freeze one for later. Delicious!!!!!"
"I love this recipe. It turns out every time. I make it in the food processor and the dough is fantastic to handle. I use olive oil instead of butter, but otherwise follow the recipe as written. It is so easy and pretty fast. I can start it at 3pm and have warm bread for dinner."
"I bake bread at least once a week and when I saw this recipe I had to try it. I didn't have fresh rosemary so I used dried instead, along with a quarter teaspoon of ground rosemary. I've never had Romano's Macaroni Grill bread, but this is a winner with me. What a pleasant surprise!"
"Yum! I've tried many different bread recipes but this one was one of the best I've made. I have a rosemary bush in my garden so anytime I see a recipe that calls for it I don't hesitate. I used my kitchen aid to mix up the dough. If you're using a stand mixer you made need a little extra flour to keep it from climbing the hook. I used maybe an extra 1/4-1/2 a cup beyond the 2 1/2 specified in the recipe and my dough didn't become tough at all. It also baked up in about 17 minutes to a lovely golden brown. I did put a pan of water in the oven to help with the crust."
"Very good, tasty, and simple recipe for a novice bread maker! I added fresh cracked black pepper in the dough with the rosemary, yum!"
"I will give this about 3.5 stars to 3.75. Some things I noticed with the recipe is it did not address making the crust "Crispy". So to adapt to do that I boiled some water and placed it in a pan below the baking bread and spritzed the top of the bread at the beginning and 2 more times at 5 minute intervals. It crisp the bread but it still needed a bit more TLC. the bread already baked completely, so I spritzed a little olive oil and placed it below the broiler briefly to get the color I desired. Immediately after removing it from the oven, I brushed it with butter and salt.<br/><br/>Be aware that this is a delicate dough when it is rising. Once you touch it, the rise deflates, so handle with care. When mixing use the two cups of flour until mixed well and add additional flour as needed. I did not need to use the other 1/2 cup as my achieved the proper texture with only 2 cups. Remember not all flours measure in volume the same versus weight.<br/><br/>It was a very good bread, but I would probably add additional rosemary both in and on the bread, maybe another tablespoon total. In addition, (Macaroni Grill does not add this) I think adding a very fine crushed garlic mixed with olive oil just before putting it under a broiler will take this up a level. I LOVE the bread at Macaroni Grill and will say this is close, but not quite. Excellent attempt at a recreation recipe. I will update this again as this recipe is a good one to start perfecting to achieve the results of the Macaroni Grill."
"Yum! Went perfect with our roast. Added a bit more rosemary because I graduated from the school of more is better. Thank you for a great recipe."
"I made this today and it turned out great. It is sticky as others have stated but I used a food processor and it wasn't so bad. Tastes great!"