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Parmesan Herb Loaf

This moist loaf is one of my very best quick bread recipes. I like to serve slices accompanied by individual ramekins filled with extra virgin olive oil infused with herbs for dipping. —Dianne Culley, Nesbit, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 loaf (8 servings)


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, sugar, onion, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead for 1 minute. Shape into a round loaf; place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. With kitchen scissors, cut a 1/4-in.-deep cross in top of loaf. Brush with egg white. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and Italian seasoning.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
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  • parelius
    Feb 19, 2021

    This is one of my go-to recipes. It is easy and tastes great. It also turns out well when using nonfat greek yogurt.

  • debstamp
    Jan 3, 2021

    This recipe was super easy and quick esp. since it doesn’t need to rise. I made it exactly as written and wouldn’t change a thing. It makes a nice small loaf which is perfect as it is just my husband and myself. This will be one of my go-to bread recipes.

  • Dreama
    Mar 26, 2018

    This bread was excellent! I do not write many reviews even though I have been a TOH person since it started! I made this bread using fat free sour cream cause that was on hand , but other than that I made it exactly as written. I made this to go with the Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup I found on here an a salad an boy was it GREAT! Thanks Dianne!

  • Amy the Midwife
    Mar 22, 2013

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  • Taryn-chan
    Oct 18, 2012

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  • DaniCalifornia
    Nov 22, 2011

    WOW this is an awesome recipe. It's probably the best bread for dipping in olive oil and Italian herbs that I've ever had. And it was super easy to make. I'd give it more than five stars if I could. It does make a small loaf, as noted.

  • rhiler
    Oct 10, 2010

    I love this bread, it is so simple and absolutely delicious! My boyfriend requests it every time we have pasta.

  • karleem
    Feb 17, 2010

    The best quick bread ever! I lost this recipe and just found it again! It is great as a side to any home made soup! Superb!

  • Auntie Boo
    Apr 28, 2009

    This bread was really great I really enjoyed it. I am glad to get this recipe because you could use this as a basic recipe and use different seasonings.

  • lattedeb
    Apr 4, 2009

    This loaf was very easy to make and very delicious. My family just loved it. One loaf is not enough for 4 people, need to make 2 loaves.