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Italian herb and cheese bread

Italian Herb and Cheese Bread Subway Copycat

The closest version of Subway's Italian Herb and Cheese Baguette for days when you just want Subway but don't want to leave home.
4.9 from 19 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 867kcal
Author: Lauren


Bread Starter

  • 75 g all purpose flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon diastatic malt powder
  • 3 g active yeast
  • 60 ml water lukewarm


  • 600 g all purpose flour
  • 40 g butter
  • 17 g active yeast
  • 50 g sugar white, granulated
  • 15 g kosher salt
  • 15 g diastic malt powder
  • 340 ml water lukewarm

Bread Topping

  • ½ cup monterey jack cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 3 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


Bread Starter

  • Mix all the dry ingredients for the bread starter and then add the water.
  • Cover the starter with a clean dish cloth and allow to sit at room temperature for 4-6 hours.

The Dough

  • *Optional - mix yeast with ¼ cup (60ml) of the lukewarm water and allow to dissolve. This step is NOT to proof the yeast, just to dissolve it in order to mix easier. You don't have to do this, but I find it lends to an easier time to knead. Keep in mind, you only need 280ml of water added to the final dough and not the entire 340ml if you use this method.
  • In a stand mixer, add all the ingredients for the dough with the starter that was set aside for 4-6 hours and knead for about 8 minutes.
  • Let the dough rest for 30 minutes at room temperature, ideally around 25 - 30 degrees Celsius.
  • Gently fold the dough a few times and then allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Repeat this step 2 more times (3 in total). Before you let the dough rest for the last time, preheat your oven to 350°F..

Baking and Toppings

  • Divide the dough into 4-5 baguette style loaves. Ideally before baking they should be place in a silicone baguette pan to maintain structure. You can skip this if you don't care about the perfect shape in your loaf.
  • Combine all the topping ingredients (minus butter) and set aside. With a pastry brush, coat the dough in butter and roll in the herb and cheese mixture.
  • Let rest for another 20-30 minutes until bread has expanded to desired size.
  • Add an oven safe bowl full of water to the bottom of your oven along with the bread, and bake for 25-30 minutes (or until the bread is desired size and texture). The bread should be browned slightly.
  • Turn the oven to broil, watch closely and broil until the color is even, about 1-2 minutes.
  • After the bread is done, cool them while draped in a clean dish cloth to keep the loaves super fluffy and moist.


Calories: 867kcal | Carbohydrates: 150g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1709mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 10mg
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