Crescia-Italian Easter Cheese Bread

Savoring Italy

Crescia al Formaggio-Italian Easter Cheese Bread is a typical bread you will find in Italy. There is nothing better than the scent of a homemade bread coming out of the oven, especially one that is filled with cheese!

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1 loaf


Easter Bread

prep Time

1 hour 30


– 2 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour – 1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast – 1 tsp of sugar – 3 large eggs at room temperature – 1 large egg yolk white reserved – 1/4 cup lukewarm water – 1/4 cup 4 tablespoons softened butter – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 teaspoon ground pepper black if you don't mind the specks, white if you do – 1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmeggiano-Reggiano Romano, or Asiago cheese, or a combination

Cook Time: 40 min


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How do you make a crescia? The entire beautiful bread begins with the yeast! You must proof your yeast and it does take a little patience. – add the water to the bowl of the mixer, heat it up until it’s about 110F. – stir in the sugar; – sprinkle on yeast – let it do its magic and proof, do not touch it while it blooms (could take 10-15 minutes)

What cheese is used in Crescia al Formaggio-Italian Easter Cheese Bread? I added grated Grana Padano and also Asiago. You could add grated Parimigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano. You could add a combo of all of them, if you like. I liked the spicy touch of Asiago and I also added a little extra cracking of black pepper. All of the crescias I have seen are made in a panettone pan and are really high!


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