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Savory Snacking Bread

When I saw this idea, using a sourdough bread, I decided to try our no-fail French bread to make this savory snack, appetizer or soup accompaniment. Why not try it this weekend? This recipe will make two loaves. 

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups hot (tap) water
  • 4 - 5 cups flour, divided (can be half whole wheat)
  • 2 Tbsp instant yeast
  • sesame seeds (optional)

  1. Put sugar, oil, salt and hot water in a large mixing bowl. You can also use a mixer that has a dough hook attachment or your bread machine.  
  2. Add 1 cup of the flour mixed with the yeast, then the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Add flour until dough comes away from side of bowl or easily holds together in a ball shape and is not too sticky if you handle it with floured hands. Cover bowl with wax paper and tea towel.
  3. Let rise until double, about 1/2 hour. Divide in half.
  4. Roll out on a slightly floured surface to dinner plate size, just to roll out any bubbles. Roll up, tuck in ends well and rotate on counter while pushing sides under to shape into a ball. Place on greased or parchment paper lined pan. Cut diagonal slits on top. Cover.
  5. Let rise about 30 - 45 min. Brush with cream and sprinkle with sesame seeds. (optional)
  6. Bake at 400 F for 20 min, or until golden. Remove to rack to cool. Can be frozen for future use.
Savory Filling for one loaf:
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a mix of cheddar, Colby and Monterrey Jack)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup green onions and /or 1 jalapeno, chopped fine


  1. Cut bread in one inch sliced (both directions) to within half an inch of the bottom)
  2. Fill cuts with cheese, drizzle with butter and sprinkle with chives.
  3. Wrap in parchment and foil to hold together well.
  4. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. Open foil and bake about 10 minutes longer, until cheese is melted. 


  1. I have a bakery near me that sells this type of bread and this will be something I'll try over Easter.

  2. I have seen many similar recipes, but have never tried them. I like the idea of serving this with soup. I will have to give this a try soon. Thanks for all the great recipes you ladies post. I have tried many of them and we have enjoyed them. I also really appreciate the Bread for the Journey that comes on Sundays. Many of those devotionals have spoken deeply to me. Thanks.

  3. Oh yum - that looks amazing Anneliese! Homemade bread is the absolute best and your's looks perfect!

  4. I make this french bread recipe all the time, it is so good...

  5. I use this bread recipe all the time too, mainly for Pizza Buns! It's quick and tastes great! I'm going to try out this recipe too. :)


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