Italian cheese Recipe bread Pizza di Pasqua Crescia al formaggio

Italian Cheese Bread Recipe | Crescia | Pizza di Pasqua

This delicious recipe is made during Easter time and it is eaten with cold cuts, cheese or even for breakfast as a toast. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
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Course: Antipasto
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easter bread, pizza di pasqua
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting time: 4 hours
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 4032kcal
Author: Nonna Box


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 yolks
  • A little lard
  • 150 g unbleached all purpose flour
  • 250 g bread dough make this from scratch recipe below or buy bread dough from the local baker
  • 180 g Parmigiano freshly grated
  • 120 ml extra virgin Umbrian olive oil
  • 100 g Pecorino cheese fresh, finely diced – don’t get one that’s too piquant
  • 100 g Parmigiano fresh, finely diced


  • Break the eggs and the egg yolks into a bowl, salt lightly and stir in all the grated and diced cheese as well as the olive oil.
  • Allow this mixture rest for at least four hours.
  • Flour your work surface, spread the bread dough out over it, and work the remaining flour into it.
  • Shape the dough into a mound, scoop a well into it and put the cheese mixture into the well, incorporating it well.
  • Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it and place in a warm place to rise for at least two hours.
  • Once it has risen, grease a high-sided round mold with the lard and put the dough into it.
  • Cover the pan and let the dough rise another hour.
  • Towards the end of the hour preheat your oven to 350 F
  • Bake it for about 30 minutes and use a toothpick to test whether it comes out cleanly – if it doesn’t come out dry keep it there for another 10 or so minutes.
  • Allow it to cool and turn out on a rack. Then slice it with a kitchen knife and serve it with cold cuts and cheeses.


Serving: 80g | Calories: 4032kcal | Carbohydrates: 246g | Protein: 184g | Fat: 250g | Saturated Fat: 87g | Cholesterol: 1176mg | Sodium: 7071mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3835IU | Calcium: 4522mg | Iron: 14mg
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