Italian Pecorino and Prosciutto Bread

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is a traditional Italian Easter specialty known as torta di pasqua. It makes a tasty and savory addition to a brunch bread basket, and any left over make inspired post-holiday sandwiches.

Makes1 loaf

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionFamily Get-together



Taste and Texturecheesy, salty, savory

Type of Dishyeast bread


  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm milk (110 to 115°F)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup fruity olive oil
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3½ to 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss or Fontina cheese
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin shreds


Stir the yeast into the milk in a large mixing bowl and let stand until dissolved, 5 to 10 minutes. Beat in the eggs, olive oil, and butter until well blended. Combine 3½ cups flour with the salt and pepper, add it to the yeast mixture, and stir to form a dough. Work in the cheeses and the prosciutto.

Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead, adding more flour if the dough is too sticky, until smooth and satiny, 7 to 10 minutes. Shape the dough into 1 round and bulbous loaf. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, 1½ to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Bake the bread until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.



Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Sign In using Email and Password