Prosciutto Bread Recipe (aka Homemade Lard Bread)

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This prosciutto bread recipe, also known as lard bread, is made with simple ingredients and prosciutto. Homemade fresh bread made with your favorite deli meat creates the most flavorful Italian-style bread.

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Prosciutto Bread Ingredients

To make the best prosciutto bread recipe you only need a few simple ingredients that can easily be found in grocery stores or an Italian deli:

  • 355 grams cool filtered water (60 degrees F)
  • 5 grams active dry yeast
  • 605 grams all purpose flour
  • 15 grams kosher salt
  • 20 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 grams cool filtered water (60 degrees F
  • 10 oz cut of prosciutto, cut into 1/4″ cubes
  • 1 egg
prosciutto and bread dough

How to Make Homemade Bread

This bread dough is also the base for our artisan French bread recipe as well as other bread recipes that we create, like pepperoni bread. Start with a large bowl and a kitchen scale. You can grab a kitchen scale online here if you don’t have one: 

Pour 355g of water into the large mixing bowl. Make sure that the water is 60 degrees F. This can be done by adding ice cubes to the water, stirring, then removing the ice cubes once the water reaches 60 degrees F.

first step to make your own bread

Next, add the dry active yeast. 

active dry yeast in water, prosciutto bread recipe

Use a wire whisk to vigorously mix the water and yeast mixture.  

yeast mixture for homemade bread

Then carefully add the flour to the bowl. 

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Stir the flour and water mixture with a wooden spoon until you begin to form a loose dough. 

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Once you have a loosely formed dough, you will knead the dough for 4 minutes. We knead the dough in the bowl. Alternatively, you can turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface to knead. Or if you have a stand mixer, knead on low speed using the dough hook attachment in the mixer bowl. You don’t really need any special equipment for this homemade bread recipe. You will be able to get great bread no matter how you knead it. 

knead dough in bowl

After the initial knead add the remaining 20 grams of (60 degrees F) water to the bowl.

how to make prosciutto bread from scratch

Next, add the salt into the bowl with the dough. 

salt in bread dough

Knead the dough for an additional 6 minutes. Form the dough into a ball and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. Set aside at room temperature for 20 minutes and let the dough rest. Then place it into the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

homemade bread recipe

Making Prosciutto Bread Loaves 

The main ingredient in this homemade bread recipe is the prosciutto. This is one of the most flavorful cured Italian meats. You can see the pork fat on the piece of prosciutto. Do not trim this off, be sure to incorporate this as this is where the name lard bread comes from. It is also the secret ingredient that gives it its delicious taste. 

lard bread recipe

Cut the prosciutto into 1/4″ cubes. 

cured meat prosciutto bread recipe

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, coat the dough with the olive oil, and set aside for 20 minutes. Next, work the chopped prosciutto pieces into the dough.

fold prosciutto into bread dough

Mix, fold, turn, and knead until the meat is fully incorporated into the dough. Then place dough into a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm area for 20 minutes. 

knead bread with meat

Preparing Prosciutto Bread Loaves for the Oven

Line a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or use a bread loaf pan. Then take the dough and cut it into three equal portions. Form each piece into a loaf of bread, and place onto the prepared baking sheet.

form homemade bread into loaves

Crack an egg into a small dish, whisk, then use a silicone brush to apply an egg wash to each 12-inch loaf. 

how to apply an egg wash to bread

The egg wash will create a golden brown crust on the top of the bread. 

how to make prosciutto bread

Set the fully prepared loaves aside in a warm place for one hour for one last rise. 

egg wash on homemade bread

Baking Homemade Prosciutto Bread

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

When you set the oven to preheat and before you place the bread into the oven you also need to place an oven-safe dish on the lowest shelf of the oven. We use a cast iron skillet. 

When you place the bread into the preheated oven you will pour a cup of water into the hot dish and then quickly close the oven door. This bit of water will create and trap steam in the oven. This steam prevents the outside of the bread from forming a hard crust too early in the baking process and allows the homemade lard bread to fully rise while baking. The steam also creates a delicious crispy crust.  

Bake for 40-45  minutes until the crispy crust is golden brown. Remove the fresh bread from the oven. Place the bread on a wire rack to cool. 

cool prosciutto bread recipe on wire rack

Homemade Bread with Prosciutto

Make this homemade version of your favorite bread on a Friday afternoon and enjoy it all weekend long. Slice the bread with a sharp knife, and enjoy it alone, make a sandwich with cold cuts, or enjoy it with any pasta dish. 

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FAQs and Variations 

You are always able to adjust a recipe to your own personal preference. Doing this may yield different results. 

Can I use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can definitely try making this homemade bread with bread flour. You can even try whole wheat flour too if you’d like.

Can I make this bread on a pizza stone?

Sure, give it a try, but make sure to watch the time to ensure the bottom of the bread doesn’t burn. Place a light dusting of cornmeal or semolina flour on the stone before baking the bread.

Can I skip the egg wash on this bread?

Yes, you can skip the egg wash.

Can I add cheese to this bread recipe?

Sure, provolone cheese is a popular choice for this bread. It is also delicious topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

Prosciutto Bread Recipe (aka Homemade Lard Bread)

Prosciutto Bread Recipe (aka Homemade Lard Bread)

Yield: 3 loaves
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 2 hours 45 minutes

This prosciutto bread recipe, also known as lard bread is made simple ingredients and prosciutto. Its the most flavorful Italian-style bread.


  • 355 grams cool filtered water (60 degrees F)
  • 5 grams active dry yeast
  • 605 grams all purpose flour
  • 15 grams kosher salt
  • 20 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 grams cool filtered water (60 degrees F
  • 10 oz cut of prosciutto, cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 1 egg


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix water and yeast.
  2. Add flour and stir until a loose dough is formed.
  3. Knead dough for 4 minutes.
  4. Add the additional water and salt.
  5. Knead for an additional 6 minutes and set aside for 20 mins.
  6. Place dough in the refrigerator at least overnight or up to 3 days.
  7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and coat with olive oil.
  8. Cut prosciutto into 1/4 inch cubes and work into the dough until evenly distributed. Set the dough aside in a warm place to rest for 20 minutes.
  9. Cut the dough into 3 equal portions.
  10. Form each dough into a loaf shape and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and place an empty oven safe pan on the bottom rack.
  12. Set the loaves aside for a final rise in a warm draft-free place for 1 hour.
  13. Make an egg wash by cracking an egg and beating it with a fork.
  14. With a pastry brush, coat each loaf with the egg wash.
  15. Place loaves in the preheated oven and add 1 cup of water to the pan on the bottom rack. Quickly close the oven to trap the steam.
  16. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

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