Parsnip, Parmesan and sage bread

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  • medium
  • 8
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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James Mackenzie's homemade loaf is infused with autumnal flavour, with grated parsnip and aromatic sage included in this wonderful Parmesan bread recipe. For more lovely loaves, take a look at our bread collection.

First published in 2015




  • 35g of Parmesan, plus extra for topping
  • 1000g of white bread flour
  • 40g of fresh yeast
  • 4 parsnips, grated
  • 25g of salt
  • 25ml of rapeseed oil
  • 575ml of water
  • 7 sage leaves, chopped


  • Food mixer fitted with a dough hook


Finely grate the Parmesan and combine with the flour, yeast, grated parsnip, sage and salt in a mixing bowl. Using a free-standing mixer with a dough hook attachment, mix on a low speed for 1 minute, or until combined
While the mixer is running on slow, add the oil, then slowly add the water until a soft dough forms – this may require more or less water depending on the strength of the bread flour
  • 25ml of rapeseed oil
  • 575ml of water
Knead on a medium setting for 10 minutes until the dough has a smooth consistency
Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with cling film and allow to prove for at least an hour, or until doubled in size
Empty the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes
Divide into 2, roll into lengths and place into flour-lined trays. Allow to prove in a warm place until doubled. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210°C/gas mark 6
Grate over a little more Parmesan and bake the loaves in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until golden in colour and hollow-sounding when tapped on the bottom. Allow to cool a little on a wire rack before serving
First published in 2015

Behind every strong man there’s a strong woman and never has that maxim rung truer than at the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass, where talented chef-proprietor James Mackenzie resides with his equally capable front-of-house wife, Kate.

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