Not all breads are created equal. Some take extreme amounts of time and work, and some require minimal effort for the most incredible flavor. This Rosemary Olive Oil Bread falls under the second option.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread with a slice cut out

Dust bunnies are wary, clutter quivers beneath the bed, and even our “No Guest Viewing Allowed” junk closet has sweaty palms, er, doors. The Inner Domestic Diva has been unleashed, and disorder does not stand a chance.
In the span of 12 hours, I:
  1. Reorganized our spice cabinet. Previous status: 45+ spices placed illogically above my 5’4’’ line of sight, requiring me to employ 1) A step stool and 2) X-Ray vision to locate anything I needed. My BROWN BETTY was a near casualty (cinnamon and cumin look dangerously similar when you can’t see the label), and I now own 3 separate containers of oregano, because I repeatedly could not locate it and kept purchasing more. Two sleek new racks guarantee my spice-infused baked goods like this(or even worse, these) won’t emerge from the oven tasting like curry.
  2. Switched out my summer and winter clothes. My obligatory closet change is perhaps my most dreaded (and postponed) seasonal task. After freezing my pointy little elbows off in a lightweight baby blue cardigan during last week’s cold front, I knew I needed to free the flannel from its plastic storage bin.
  3. With burst of organizational fervor, a solid run on the “Call Me, Maybe” Pandora station, and a can of Diet Coke, I powered through my herculean task. The take-aways:
    1. I need to own fewer clothes
    2. Our future home will include cavernous, his/hers walk-in closets
  4. Cleaned out the freezer. How old was that pizza?
  5. Folded the fitted sheet like a master
While you may need an Inner Domestic Diva to accomplish items 1-4, the only requirements to achieve #5 are yeast and a positive attitude.
And really, you can probably succeed with just the yeast.

How Do You Make Rosemary Bread from Scratch?

Homemade bread is too tasty and too easy (yes, easy!) to be left only to the pros. Even on your least successful day, you will surprise yourself with just how delightful a loaf you can make. Chances are, the bread that you bake at home—even “bad” bread—will blow the crust off anything commercially produced.
Additionally, there is a tingling, earthy satisfaction in knowing that you created the bread on your table from scratch. I find this glow of contentment more deeply connected with baking bread than with any of my other homemade dishes, and given how much I love to cook, that is no small statement!
This whole wheat, quick rosemary olive oil bread recipe is a wonderful, whether you are a bread novice or a bread authority. It is simple to make and tastes outstanding. Rosemary, my favorite herb, leads the flavor, then is rounded out with a touch of garlic and olive oil. Confession: I aspire to grow an enormous planter of rosemary so that I can bury my face in it, then cook with it, at will. I’ll start with this recipe.
This bread tastes phenomenal on its own, and perhaps even better when dunked in a plate of olive oil that’s topped with parmesan and black pepper or a dish of my creamy basil pesto (really, what wouldn’t?).
Connect with your Inner Domestic Diva—or don’t. Either way, I imagine your scratch-made rosemary olive oil bread will be worthy of any 5-star Italian eatery.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread Tips

The time-factor deters many from attempting homemade bread. Don’t be fooled!
  • The rising of bread is the only truly time-intensive step, and it can be easily kneaded into a rhythm that fits your day. Assemble the dough in the morning, then let it rise in the refrigerator all day. Set it out for its second rising about 2 hours before dinner and voila! Homemade bread to accompany your meal.
  • Alternatively, you can let the dough rise once, wrap it tightly in plastic, then freeze it for up to a month. Simply let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for several hours, then bake.
I love to bake my loaves on a preheated pizza stone, but any greased cookie sheet will do the job just fine. (Check out my homemade pizza dough post for even more stone uses and a great dough recipe!)

More Homemade Bread Recipes

A loaf of rosemary olive oil bread

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

5 from 1 vote
100% whole wheat Rosemary Olive Oil bread recipe. Step by steps to make easy bread at home. Tips for using vital wheat gluten to make 100% whole wheat bread.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Servings: 1 round loaf


  • 1 cup warm water (100-110 F – I recommend taking the temp if you can!)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour plus extra for kneading
  • 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • Dried rosemary for sprinkling


  • In a large bowl (or a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook or the bowl of a food processor), combine the warm water, sugar and yeast. Let sit 10 minutes to proof. Stir in olive oil.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the whole-wheat white flour and vital gluten. Stir in rosemary, salt, garlic, oregano, basil, and pepper.
  • Add dry ingredients gradually to the bowl with yeast and stir (or process) until the dough forms a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface (or process) for about 5 minutes until smooth, adding more flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Dough may be slightly tacky but should not be very sticky.
  • Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise in a draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. (An unheated oven is a great place for this—just don’t forget about the dough and preheat your oven by mistake! Not that I’ve done this…)
  • Once risen, punch down the dough and reform it into a round loaf. Place it on a cornmeal or flour-dusted sheet of wax or parchment paper, cover, and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven (and pizza stone if using) to 400°F. Once the dough has risen, gently brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with additional dried rosemary. Using a table knife, cut an “X” in the top of the loaf, about 1/4 in. deep to allow steam to escape during baking.
  • Bake dough on preheated stone (or a lightly greased cookie sheet) for 20-25 minutes until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees. (If not using a thermometer, look for the top to be golden brown and bread to sound hollow when tapped.)
  • Let cool to (almost) room temperature (if you can stand it), then slice and serve warm.


  • *Ingredient note: Vital gluten can be added to yeast breads that are made with 100% whole-wheat flour to help them rise effectively. Gluten is responsible for the stretchiness of dough and for the shapes that baked goods hold. Since whole-wheat flour is heavier than its white counterparts the vital gluten gives it an extra boost to create a light and fluffy loaf.
  • Look for vital gluten in the baking aisle of larger grocery stores or any specialty food store or you can find it online here. You may also omit the vital gluten from the recipe entirely but replace a 1/2 c. of the whole-wheat white flour with all-purpose (or bread) flour to ensure your loaf has a nice texture.

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  1. Looks so good and so not as hard as I challenging as one would think. Will you move in next door to me so I can enjoy all your lovely creations?

    1. Hey Lisa!
      Thanks so much for responding to my call for comments!! And I would love to share my lovely creations with you. I can’t lie: our freezer was back-logged for a while, because I felt the irrepressible need to make three different desserts the same week. We could have used a little extra help polishing them off :-)

  2. Erin – I recently added your blog to my blog list and look for your updates frequently; reading your posts reminds me of the days following your stories in the Paladin (but these posts are o-so-mature, no worries!). As a vegetarian myself, I would love to see you whip up some more veggie recipes that I can steal from you :)


    1. Candice, thanks so much for commenting, and I love your suggestion too! I do try to cook meatless a few days a week, so I will definitely make more of an effort to post those recipes here. If there’s ever a recipe you love and you’d like ideas for how to make it vegetarian friendly, let me know and I’ll see if I can come up with a few ideas.
      Thanks again!

  3. Erin, this recipe is incredible. I made it today, in part to procrastinate my Remedies class reading and in part because I’m running low on sandwich bread and I don’t have time to go to the store. The bread was super easy and delicious, but you didn’t tell me how AMAZING my apartment would smell! So. Good. Also, I made 2 small additions, which I think turned out well: I added some wheat germ to the dough (you can add that stuff to almost anything!) and I sprinkled some sea salt on the top. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing – my sandwiches this week are going to be out of this world!5 stars

    1. Jenn, I’m so happy you loved the bread (the smell IS intoxicating. I can’t believe I forgot that succulent detail!) Thanks for taking time to comment and for your suggestions. I’ll definitely try both next time I bake this bread (which will be ASAP, b/c just thinking about how good it smells makes me want to fly to the kitchen and start mixing!)

    2. PS. I love that you “didn’t have time to go to the store” so you baked your own bread. THAT is a spirit I admire!

    3. Now there is an area where I’m happy to be a great resource :-) May much wonderful baking distraction come your way!