Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    3 h 20 m
Destiny
Recipe by  Destiny

“Wonderful Italian bread made in a bread machine then baked in the oven.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 2 - 1 pound loaves

Directions

  1. Place flour, brown sugar, warm water, salt, olive oil and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
  2. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into two loaves. Place the loaves seam side down on a cutting board generously sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise, until doubled in volume about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the risen loaves with egg mixture. Make a single long, quick cut down the center of the loaves with a sharp knife. Gently shake the cutting board to make sure that the loaves are not sticking. If they stick, use a spatula or pastry knife to loosen. Slide the loaves onto a baking sheet with one quick but careful motion.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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Judy
382

Judy

I was intrigued by all the positive feedback on this recipe. It WAS excellent. I took in some of the suggestions: I cut the salt to 1 tsp, I let the bread rise on my parchment covered stoneware sheet, I did brush the top with the egg wash and I did cut the bread lengthwise. I didn't have any cornmeal so I skipped that. The parchment prevented any sticking. I also put the pan of ice cubes in the bottom while baking. I used all bread flour and it was fine. I may try it in a loaf (in a loaf pan) and use the half bread flour/half AP flour option and see how that turns out. Has anyone ever tried this in a loaf pan? The crust is superb; nice and chewy and the middle was nice and soft. I did let the bread rise about ten minutes longer than the recipe called for, as it looked a bit on the skinny side at 40 minutes. I am a microbiologist by trade. Yeasts are living organisms. They respond to moisture and, more importantly, temperature. If it's cold, your yeast just isn't going to rise as fast as you'd like. There is an optimum temperature for all microorganisms. Since we work with human pathogens, and not commercial food organisms, I don't know the exact range that this would be. I do know that the extra ten minutes made all the difference in the rising for this bread.

DEENIE65
302

DEENIE65

I got bigger loaves by letting the dough rise on the actual baking sheet. Moving the dough after rising caused it to fall and resulted in small loaves.

JFRESNO
176

JFRESNO

Can I give this six stars? What a great recipe-easy and yummy. I let the loaves rise on a pan with the cornmeal and then baked it without having to move it. There is a local Italian restaurant we go to for the bread. This was better than that. I used 2 cups bread flour and 2 cups all purpose flour.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (20 total)

  • Calories
  • 105 cal
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 0.9 g
  • 1%
  • Carbs
  • 20.6 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 179 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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