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Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"Wonderful Italian bread made in a bread machine then baked in the oven."
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3 h 20 m servings 105 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings (2 - 1 pound loaves)


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  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.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 105 calories; 0.9 g fat; 20.6 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 9 mg cholesterol; 179 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 ...

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The bread tasted fine. I was a little confused as to how long to keep the dough in the bread machine. The dough cycle 'punches down' the dough before the final raising time. This is when I took ...

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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 ...

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.

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 w...

For those of you that use a jar of yeast instead of small packages. 1 package is equivalent to 2 and 1/4 tsps of yeast. Anyways great bread!

My family and I loved this bread, my husband is Italian and he loves bread. We go to a little local Italian shop where they make fresh bread and it is amazing, this recipe came very close to it....

I wasn't expecting so much from such a simple, easy recipe and boy was i delighted! It had just the right amount of sweet/crunch to it and what a pretty loaf it makes! i used bread flour inste...

I just LOVE this bread! The egg brushed on it right before baking makes it shiny and beautiful. When cutting the top of it b4 baking, I tend to cut diagonally both ways rather than one cut dow...

OMG! This bread is sooo good it disappeared right off the table in no time. I tweaked it a bit after reading some reviews. I used my bread machine to make the dough and my oven to bake it. First...

Excellent and easy!!!! Why buy it anymore Made it several times `` Will never buy italian bread again