Basil, Vegetarian Parmesan and Olive Bread


I should have waited a few hours before making this bread, then I could have put it on the timer to have the smell of fresh cheesy bread throughout the house when I woke up.


But, I didn’t wait. I didn’t even get to eat it fresh and warm straight out of the machine, as by the time it finished, I’d just stuffed myself with pizza and garlic bread for dinner.

I had some toasted this morning though, and it was delicious. Tesco’s Everyday Value Italian Style Hard Cheese is now vegetarian, and perfect for any recipe that calls for Parmesan. Yay to Tesco.

Sainsbury’s Basic Italian Style Hard Cheese used to be vegetarian, but isn’t any more. Boo to Sainsbury’s. (Update: Sainsbury’s Basic Italian Style Hard Cheese is once again vegetarian, hurrah!)


The original recipe from The Bread Machine Book has sun-dried tomatoes, but I used black olives instead.


Basil, vegetarian Parmesan and black olive bread (makes 1lb loaf)

125ml water
60ml milk
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried basil
25g grated vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese
350g bread flour
2 tsp yeast
40g black olives, chopped

  1. All all ingredients except olives in the order suggested by the bread machine instructions. Set machine for white bread, medium crust. Press start.
  2. Add the olives to the dough after the first kneading, or when the beeper indicates it is time to add fruit.
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