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Rustic Spinach Feta Bread

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spinach feta bread

I have a problem. I really want to become an artisan bread baker (or as close as you can get doing it as a hobby) but I just haven’t been putting in the time to get better. And like all things, unless you practice you don’t make perfect.

The challenge with bread baking, in my opinion, is planning ahead. Yeast bread needs time to rise, then even more time to rise after shaping the dough. My problem is I’m not a very good planner.

I can whip up a home made chocolate Oreo Cake or Guiness Cupcakes with relative ease and limited planning on a Sunday morning during Baby Boy’s nap time. But bread? In my dreams. Well, most of the time.

Today is reveal day for The Secret Recipe Club, an online group where food bloggers are assigned each others blogs in secret, cook something from it, then share with the world on reveal day.

This month we were assigned the blog Cooking Rookie, a food blog with delicious food photography and recipes. Rachel and I saw this bread recipe and decided to “plan” to bake it – it just looked too delicious to pass up. Feta cheese bread? Yes please.

When you bite into this bread you get that nice crunchy exterior followed by a moist, soft interior. The feta adds a nice subtle saltiness, while the spinach isn’t overpowering and compliments in its own way.

spinach feta bread


So how does this bread recipe hold up for a time challenged Father of a 13 1/2 month old? Not bad at all. The flavor is outstanding, but more importantly, it’s quite simple to put together. You literally throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix to combine, then let it sit for 2 hours. We ran errands during that time.

Now, because I’m trying to improve my bread baking techniques, I did get a little fancy. I tried baking it two different ways, both included in the directions below.

The first way was on a pizza stone with steam. That method wasn’t bad but I didn’t get the niceย caramelizedย crust I was looking for. I blame my technique, not the recipe.

The second method produced better looking results, as featured in the photos. I placed by dough ball in a preheated dutch oven, covered with the lid, and baked it. This increased the baking time but resulted in a more satisfying appearance.

Both approaches yielded equally delicious results, so you can’t go wrong either way.

spinach feta bread


Rustic Spinach Feta Bread


  • 1 box (10 oz) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour


  1. Mix the yeast, salt, spinach, cheese and sugar with the water in a large bowl or a stand mixer. Mix in the flour either using a spoon if by hand or the stand mixer with dough attachment. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises and collapses, approximately 2 hours.
  2. At this point you can either use the dough, or store in the fridge for later use (up to 7 days).
  3. When ready to use, divide the dough in half and transfer to a liberally floured surface. Shape each half of dough into a ball by tucking each side under itself. Allow to rest and rise on the floured surface for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a dutch oven pot, lid on, inside. When the oven is ready and dough has rested the hour, carefully remove the hot dutch oven pot. Transfer one dough ball to dutch oven pot, cover, and place in oven. Bake 50 minutes, or until crust is beginning to brown.
  5. Alternate baking method:
  6. Instead of a dutch oven pot, you can cook this bread on a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a baking stone placed on the middle rack. Place an empty boiler tray on any other shelf that wonโ€™t interfere with the rising bread.
  7. Sprinkle the loaf liberally with flour and slash a cross or tic-tac-toe pattern into the top, using a serrated bread knife. Leave the flour in place for baking; tap some of it off before eating.
  8. Slide the loaf directly onto the hot stone. Pour 1 cup of hot tap water into the broiler tray, and quickly close the oven door. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until deeply browned and firm. Smaller or larger loaves will require adjustments in baking time.

Recipe adapted from: Cooking Rookie

spinach feta bread


35 thoughts

    • Chris
      May 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      All the credit for this one goes to the Cooking Rookie- it was VERY tasty!

    • Spinach waster
      January 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Except for the fact the recipe has a huge flaw–1 1/2 c h2o. Really frustrating…

    • Chris
      May 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Even the baby approved ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    This sounds absolutely amazing. I love homemade breads. I made your tomato basil bread for this month’s SRC, and it totally brought back my bread-making addiction. I only have you to blame. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      May 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      We gladly take the blame for anything that results in tasty bread ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it Allison!

  • May 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    What a gorgeous-looking loaf of bread! I’ve got a real soft spot for feta and spinach in just about anything, and that means this bread has just gone to the top of my must-bake list. Love the fact that it’s so low-maintenance… must try it out soon!

    • Chris
      May 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Isabelle! It was pretty easy, do give it a try!

    • Chris
      May 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Sarah- Spinach and feta pizza does sound really good. We’ve done the spinach, but never added the feta… will have to give that a try… Soon…

  • May 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    That is one gorgeous artisan bread. If timing is proving to be a struggle for you, a bread maker really is a decent purchase, because you don’t have to babysit. But as someone that simply loves to knead dough, I don’t use one. So I understand both sides of this particular coin! Great SRC choice.

    • Chris
      May 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      What a great thought Amber! I actually have a bread maker that I had almost forgotten about… It has been packed away in a closet for a few years now. We’ll have to dust that off! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • May 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I am glad that you liked the bread :-). Love your scientific approach of trying several baking methods with the same dough! I have tried the Dutch oven technique a while ago, and did not find much difference between it and the baking stone. So I am baking primarily on the stone now (less cleanup ๐Ÿ™‚ ). But now reading your post I think that maybe I should try the Dutch oven again. Your loaf looks wonderful!

    • Chris
      May 8, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Less cleanup is always appreciated. Thanks for sharing such a tasty recipe! Everyone in the house (including Baby Boy) gave a big stamp of approval!

    • Chris
      May 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Kristen! It tasted good too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    This looks really delicious – I love the idea of putting the spinach and cheese inside the bread, yum!

    • Chris
      May 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

      We were lucky to get Cooking Rookie’s blog with such a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      May 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Love to hear that people want to try these recipes! If you get the chance, let us know what you think!

        • November 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

          Very professional lonkiog set of shots, great editing and presentation, could have come right out of a cookbook and your bread looks tasty.

  • May 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    This looks aaaahhhhmaaaazing!!!! We’ve been on a huge artisian bread kick in my house, even my husband’s been making it! We’ll have to give this a go soon!

    • Chris
      May 15, 2012 at 7:32 am

      We had seen it on another site (a recipe still in progress) and thought it was worth a try!

  • May 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Oh wow this looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!!! I love spinach and feta, and love different, flavorful breads! This sounds so good, thanks for sharing this!

    • Chris
      May 15, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Maria! Glad you liked it!

  • Becca
    June 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Omg, i put all the ingredients together for my very first loaf I’ve ever made. I just realized that i put too much yeast. Is my loaf ruined? Tear!

    • Chris
      June 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Ive added too much yeast to my recipes before (usually pizza dough) and can’t say it ruined it, usually came out just fine. Depends how much extra you put in. At this point its already all made so why not bake it, see how it goes? I have a feeling itll taste just fine. Let me know !

  • Henna
    July 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Can you use a regular electric oven to make this?

    • Chris
      July 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      I don’t see why not ๐Ÿ™‚

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