Italian Cheese Swirl Bread

Linda Mericle


Cheesy, garlicy, deliciousness. A favorite among friends and family. I found this in the book "Passion for Baking" and it won a red ribbon at the OC Fair. It's good warm with dinner, cold with a salad for lunch or packed in a lunch bag.


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40 Min
45 Min



  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 4 tsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    seasoned salt (like lawrys)
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 4-5 c
    bread flour

  • 1/2 c
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 c
    shredded parmesan
  • 1 c
    shredded mozzarella
  • 1 Tbsp
    crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced fresh parsley (optional)

  • 1
  • 1 pinch
    each, sugar and salt
  • ·
    extra parmesan and mozzarella

How to Make Italian Cheese Swirl Bread


  1. Rub olive oil or coconut oil into the 10″ springform pan or cake pan. Something with sides helps the bread bake up instead of out.
  2. (You can use your bread machine, on the dough only cycle).
    For the dough, mix the yeast and water together and let sit for a couple of minutes while you assemble the rest of your ingredients. Then whisk in the oil, sugar, salt, season salt, garlic powder, italian seasoning and about 3 cups of flour. Either mix by hand or if using a mixer, use a dough hook on lowest speed of mixer for 5-8 minutes, adding flour as needed for a soft dough. I add no more than a quarter cup at a time. If you add too much and it gets too dry, add a Tbsp. of water and keep mixing until soft and tacky. Remove dough hook, spray with oil, cover and let rise 45 min. to an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a food processor or large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, garlic and parsley. This time I added some pizza seasoning. Process 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate. Pat or roll our into a large round, about 1/2″ thick. Like a pizza.
  5. Spread the filling evenly over the surface and roll up the dough. Its round so it wont be even. Just pinch the seams shut as best you can.
  6. Coil it up in the prepared pan and pinch the ends together.Now for my favorite part.
  7. Whisk the egg and a pinch of sugar and salt in a bowl. (I usually have an egg wash of an egg with a splash of milk mixed in to “wash” the dough). After the dough has risen, gently brush egg wash over it. Dust with an additional Parmesan, mozzarella, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sometimes I add sesame seeds on top. This time I added Trader Joes "Everything Bagel Topping". It is fabulous! Drizzle or spray some olive oil over all and cover loosely with plastic wrap to let rise until it is almost at the top of the pan, another 45 -60 minutes.The toppings really bring it “over-the-top”!
  8. Preheat your oven to 375 and bake for 20 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 to finish baking until puffy, brown and melty, about another 20-30 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into slices.

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About Italian Cheese Swirl Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Italian

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