Italian Easter cheese bread – crescia al formaggio

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There are dishes that warm up our heart and soul and for me one of these dishes is Italian Easter cheese breadcrescia al formaggio. This leavened savory bread/cake is traditionally baked during the Easter period in Umbria. Nowadays it is very popular and it can be bought all year round in many Umbrian bakeries. When I was a student I used to buy it still lukewarm and I ate it for lunch between one course and another.

When I recently met a food blogger who lives in Gubbio I immediately ​​asked her for the original and tested recipe. Her name is Marta and her blog is called In cucina con mia sorella. She kindly gave me this recipe and I almost have not made any changes. I trust the experience and tradition of her family that has been preparing this crescia for many years.

This Easter Italian bread is very tasty, rich in various types of cheese, perfect to be eaten with a glass of red wine. The smell during cooking is absolutely overwhelming and it takes a lot of inner strenght to not eat while it still very hot as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Italian Easter cheese bread – crescia al formaggio

Traditionale Italian recipe: Italian Easter cheese bread – crescia al formaggio.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course second course
Cuisine traditional Italian, vegetarian
Servings 1 round baking pan 20 x 10 cm
Calories 111 kcal


  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 50 g grated pecorino cheese
  • 500 g bread flour
  • 100 g soft butter
  • 120 ml warm milk
  • 4 g active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 80 g diced gruyère cheese I used emmental


Instructions Italian Easter cheese bread

  • Whisk milk with honey and active dry yeast. Set aside and wait for 10 minutes or until it becomes foamy.
  • In a bowl of the mixer with dough attachment place flour, Parmesan and grated pecorino cheese and salt.
  • Add the eggs and begin to knead.
  • At this point add milk with yeast and butter.
  • Knead the ingredients until minimum 10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and very elastic. At this point add diced Gruyère cheese and knead the dough briefly to incorporate it.
  • Grease 20 cm wide and 10 cm high round baking pan and lightly dust it with flour. Create a ball of dough and place it in the pan. Place your Italian Easter cheese bread in a warm place until it doubles in volume.
  • The rising times are approximate, it can take more or less time depending on the temperature of the environment, the freshness of the yeast, the strength of the flour and other factors not related to the recipe.
  • Bake your crescia in the preheated static oven at 170 – 180 ° C for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool down slightly before removing from the pan. Serve with cheese, traditional salami and red wine.


Waiting time necessary for the dough raising.
The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 1breadCalories: 111kcal
Keyword bread with active dry yeast, Easter, homemade bread, parmesan, pecorino cheese, savory, savory brioche, stuffed bread, traditional Italian, traditional recipe
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lot of love. B.

p.s. If you like savory Italian bread recipes I think you will also love my: Savory rolls stuffed with Italian eggplant caponata.

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