Farmers Market Homemade Italian Bread

Farmers Market Bread is a must-make! The outside is crusty and the inside is soft and delicious. You won’t believe how simple it is to make this wonderful bread!

farmers market bread

Don’t you love those pretty bread loaves you see in the baskets at farmers markets? 

You know the ones—they look like the work of a dedicated baker who treasures a secret family recipe that has been passed down for generations. This bread is one of those breads, except anyone can make it! 

The recipe is super simple and the ingredients are ones that I know you probably have on hand. The garlic and herbs will fill your kitchen with the irresistible aroma of those farmers market loaves you are used to eyeing.

Are you afraid of yeast?

I love baking bread. It has become one of my favorite things to make in my kitchen. I haven’t always felt this way, though. When I first ever used yeast it was SO intimidating. But over the years and all the practice I’ve had I just adore baking bread and am always looking for recipes to try. And let me tell you, during this COVID-19 pandemic baking bread is the best! Staying home to stay safe is taking is toll on our sanity and this gives us all something to do.  Yep, that’s right, Miss Emma is making loaves too!

This Farmers Market Bread is just amazing and is probably one of my favorite breads to bake. I’ll make it to serve with spaghetti, or it makes the best panini sandwich bread! The outside is crusty but the inside is so soft and delicious. Whenever I make this my family eats the entire thing in one sitting. 

Sliced farmers market bread

How’s it made?

Italian herbs are mixed in with warm water and yeast to blend the flavors and activate the leavening. Then, the parmesan and flour are mixed in until the dough is formed. Bonus—no kneading necessary! 

Once the ingredients are combined and the dough has formed, the yeast will take over and do the rest of the work. This Farmers Market Italian Bread only takes a few minutes to put together, minus the rise times and the bake time of course. It’s so good!

If you make this recipe, let us know. Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #theycallmemamad on Instagram so we can see. I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!


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Farmers Market Homemade Italian Bread

Farmers Market Homemade Italian Bread is a must-make! The outside is crusty and the inside is soft and delicious. You won’t believe how simple it is to make this wonderful bread!
Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword artisan, bread, herbs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1724 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add yeast, sugar, and water. Stir in salt, rosemary, basil, oregano, and garlic.
  2. Add in 2 cups of flour and the parmesan cheese and stir until combined. Gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup flour (if needed) until you have a smooth and elastic dough that is tacky, but doesn't stick to your hands.
  3. Transfer to a lightly greased mixing bowl, cover, and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle a baking sheet with olive oil.
  5. Divide the dough in half and shape into two separate round loaves. Place loaves onto the prepared baking sheet. Let rise another 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Top each loaf with 1/2 tablespoon butter.
  7. Bake in the 375 degree oven for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
Farmers Market Homemade Italian Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1724 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 2960mg129%
Potassium 486mg14%
Carbohydrates 261g87%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 638IU13%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 503mg50%
Iron 17mg94%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 1500 calorie diet.

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