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Except for the rosemary leaves on top, this bread might look sweet; in addition to the herbs being a clue, the fact that it’s savory is also given away by smelling it. It’s softly scented of onion and savory herbs. Flavor and taste-wise, I’d call it say it’s reminiscent of a savory pound cake…but in a good way. (And of course this is much lighter than a classic pound cake; there is no pound of butter, sugar, or even eggs in here!) The best thing for smearing across the top? Kerrygold Irish butter, of course. (Has anyone else noticed that Kerrygold butter almost eats like a cheese? It’s dangerous, people.)


This bread pairs perfectly with a cup of tea for breakfast or an afternoon snack, but would also be wonderful with any number of meals year round. Chili or stew in cooler months and barbequed chicken or grilled steak and salad in warmer weather.

This bread is versatile too – you can swap out the rosemary for whatever your favorite fresh herb is. I think dill would be nice, but then again I always think dill is wonderful in bread, lol. And it’s easy enough to turn this bread sweet instead of savory, but that’s another post for another day.

If you love quick bread and are always looking for new recipes to try, be sure to check out 30 of Cooking Light’s Best Quick Bread Recipes!


Rosemary-Onion Quick Bread
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Yield: 1 (9 by 5-inch) loaf
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more to grease the loaf pan
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups (9 oz/255 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (slightly heaping) teaspoon minced fresh rosemary, plus a few leaves more for topping if desired
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) milk, at room temperature (I used 1%)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (90 ml) vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350F; grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with butter.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat; once melted, add the onion and cook until softened but not browned, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, black pepper, and rosemary in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Whisk together the milk, vegetable oil (or melted butter), and eggs in a large bowl.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just to combine; stir in the onion.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
  7. Cool 15 minutes in the loaf pan, then remove the bread from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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  1. I found this recipe while searching “what to do with too much rosemary” & the picture caught my eye. Perfect recipe. Quick, little prep, and delectable results! Mine looks just like the picture & tastes heavenly. I used a large shallot in lieu of onion since I had bought too many of those as well. Thank you! Will be making this through Fall/Winter!

  2. Annie Mohler says:

    Delicious. For a loaf that looks like the one in the picture, use a smaller loaf pan than 9×5 in. That results in a flat, wide loaf. Still delicious and perfect with soup, but it doesn’t look like the loaf in the photos.

  3. Delicious, just changed the rosemary for dried dill. Will definitely make again, this loaf won’t last long!

  4. Wow this was stellar! I used dried rosemary and onion powder instead of the fresh stuff to make things faster (and because I didn’t want to go to the store). My husband likes it too. Definitely one of. Favourite quick breads.

    I would like the point out that there are indeed eggs in th recipe, though in your introduction you said there weren’t any eggs. Just thought I’d point that out!

    1. Heather, I’m so happy to hear you and your hubby enjoyed the bread, thanks so much for letting me know! I apologize for the confusion in the header paragraph. I mentioned “there is no pound of butter, sugar, or even eggs in here” and I meant that there isn’t a full pound of any of those ingredients, not that none of those ingredients are present. Again, sorry about the confusion!

  5. I made this last week and it was wonderful! Making it again today but going to tuck a few pieces of goat cheese into the dough.

  6. I made something similar, but yeaasted one with rosemary too. But yours is eye-catching, as I love pound cake! bookmarking this for indulgent weeekend:-)

  7. Do you have any leftovers? I want this dunked in chili!!!! You have the best recipes. I’m saving this for post whole30!

  8. Wonderful! I love those flavors.



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