Sliced herbed tuscan bread next to a bread knife with a brown towel all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Simple Herbed Tuscan Bread

Tuscan bread is perfect to go with any saucy meal. It’s meant to accompany a dish, and this simple version makes it easy to have at home.

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I love having bread with my meals. Especially the saucy ones because I can use the bread to mop up all the sauce at the end. Good manners? Maybe not. Do I care? Not really! That’s the beauty of cooking and eating at home.

When I was in Italy over a decade ago, I remember being excited about all of the different types of bread we could try. We were only in Rome, but I tried as many types of bread as I could. One of those was the distinct and unique Tuscan bread. It’s made without salt, so it’s honestly rather bland. But, that makes it the perfect bread to go with just about any saucy meal.

I recently saw something about Tuscan bread that reminded me of my Italy trip. When I started searching how to make it, I found a lot of complicated recipes. Make a sponge the night before. Let it refrigerate. Add things in the morning. It reminded me a lot of making the dough for homemade kolaches, which was a lot of work.

Instead of all that, I set out to make a simple recipe. Is it authentic? No. But it’s much easier and manageable at home. This is a simple version of Tuscan bread with added herbs for a bit of flavor. I also used the stand mixer which some may say is cheating, I say it’s using my resources.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 cups bread flour

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in the stand mixer bowl and attach the dough hook. Mix on 2 for 30 seconds-1 minutes, until it forms a dough.

Tuscan bread dough in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Grease a medium mixing bowl and move the dough into the bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

Risen tuscan bread dough in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Punch down the dough and form into the shape you want your loaf – round, oblong, or braided. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.

Tuscan bread dough shaped on a metal baking sheet on a wooden surface

Preheat the oven to 375F. Use a sharp knife to make slashes in your bread in any pattern you wish. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown. Let the bread cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Sliced herbed tuscan bread next to a bread knife with a brown towel all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Keep leftover Tuscan bread in an airtight container or bread container at room temperature. It will last up to about 3-4 days, depending on the humidity in your house. Since there are no preservatives, it won’t last as long as a store-bought loaf of bread.

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 9, 2021

Sliced herbed tuscan bread next to a bread knife with a brown towel all on a wooden surface

Tuscan Bread

Tuscan bread is perfect to go with any saucy meal. It's meant to accompany a dish, and this simple version makes it easy to have at home.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Course:
Appetizer
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Side Dish
Cuisine:
American
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Italian
Diet
Vegan
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Vegetarian
Keyword:
bread
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stand mixer
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Servings: 12 slices
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 cups bread flour

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in the stand mixer bowl and attach the dough hook
  • Mix on 2 for 30 seconds-1 minutes, until it forms a dough
  • Grease a medium mixing bowl and move the dough into the bowl
  • Cover and let rise for 1 hour
  • Punch down the dough and form into the shape you want your loaf – round, oblong, or braided
  • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet
  • Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Use a sharp knife to make slashes in your bread in any pattern you wish
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown
  • Let the bread cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing
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Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 7IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Simple Herbed Tuscan Bread FAQs

Why doesn’t Tuscan bread have salt?

While most loaves of bread have salt, it’s believed that Tuscan bread doesn’t have salt because of the high taxes on salt in the Middle Ages. They had to do without and continued the tradition.
Src: https://www.walksinsideflorence.it/the-debate-on-florentine-bread.html

What is bread flour? How is it different from all-purpose flour?

Bread flour is made from different wheat than all-purpose flour, giving it a higher protein content. This also helps the bread rise more than all-purpose flour.
Src: https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2016/07/21/substitute-bread-flour-all-purpose-flour

What is instant yeast? Is instant yeast the same as active dry yeast?

Instant yeast is slightly different than active dry yeast. They both help the bread rise. The difference is in how they activate. Active dry yeast needs to dissolve in water before activating. Instant yeast can be mixed straight in with the remainder of your ingredients.
Src: https://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-active-dry-yeast-and-instant-yeast-54252

16 thoughts on “Simple Herbed Tuscan Bread”

  1. Oh I love this! We got a bread maker this year and are loving doing different recipes. I will have to try this!

    1. I love my bread maker! I haven’t used it much lately but it’s about time to pull it out to make fresh bread to go with all the soups of the fall season 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I have to see if I can make it like your recipe. Japan only has one kind of yeast in the stores and I think it is just dry yeast. I would love to make bread for soup season!

  3. You know me, I love trying out fast, easy-to-cook recipes😜! This simple Tuscan bread looks so good, I have gotta try it soon 😍 Also, thanks for sharing the details about bread flour. I thought it’s similar to all-purpose flour!

  4. 5 stars
    Aww, this is good. Thanks for generously sharing with us your herbed Tuscan bread recipe. My family would enjoy this!

  5. 5 stars
    Nothing beats homemade bread. I love how easy this one is to make. The Italian seasoning is great idea…so delicious with butter…Mmm!

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