A simple crusty Italian style loaf bread.

Verla
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Add all ingredients except egg, 1 tablespoon water, sesame seeds, and cornmeal into your bread machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the dough cycle.

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  • Divide dough into 2 parts and form into loaves. Sprinkle cornmeal on greased baking sheet. Place loaves on pan seam side down. Brush top of loaves with water. Let rise til double, about 50 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Brush loaves with egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Make 4 cuts about 1/4 inch deep across top of log. Place a pan of hot water in bottom of oven. Bake bread for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. To make a nice crusty bread, bake bread in the afternoon and pop into oven again for 5 minutes before meal. Makes a very crusty bread! You would be surprised how much better it is if you heat it that last 5 minutes. Try it. I learned this in a bread machine class!

Nutrition Facts

147.4 calories; 4.1 g protein; 25.9 g carbohydrates; 15.5 mg cholesterol; 297.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2003
This is a really good bread but the recipe is VERY vague. For example it says to shape the dough into loaves placing the seam side down...what seam? See now if I didn't know any better I wouldn't have rolled the dough into a rectangle & then rolled it (like a jelly roll) into a "loaf" making a seam...to put "seamside" down. BUT I just assumed that rolling was the way to go & the bread turned out great. I don't have a bread machine so I made it using my kitchen aid w/ the dough hook. I also took it out of the oven after 15 minutes & brushed it again with egg white & that also gave it a very nice crust. I liked the addition of brown sugar in this recipe compared to my normal recipe. Thanks for the tip Verla! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2008
Really salty---might cut the salt to 1 tsp. next time. Also mine took longer to bake (35-40 min.) Read More
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110 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 71
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2003
This is a really good bread but the recipe is VERY vague. For example it says to shape the dough into loaves placing the seam side down...what seam? See now if I didn't know any better I wouldn't have rolled the dough into a rectangle & then rolled it (like a jelly roll) into a "loaf" making a seam...to put "seamside" down. BUT I just assumed that rolling was the way to go & the bread turned out great. I don't have a bread machine so I made it using my kitchen aid w/ the dough hook. I also took it out of the oven after 15 minutes & brushed it again with egg white & that also gave it a very nice crust. I liked the addition of brown sugar in this recipe compared to my normal recipe. Thanks for the tip Verla! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2003
This is a really good bread but the recipe is VERY vague. For example it says to shape the dough into loaves placing the seam side down...what seam? See now if I didn't know any better I wouldn't have rolled the dough into a rectangle & then rolled it (like a jelly roll) into a "loaf" making a seam...to put "seamside" down. BUT I just assumed that rolling was the way to go & the bread turned out great. I don't have a bread machine so I made it using my kitchen aid w/ the dough hook. I also took it out of the oven after 15 minutes & brushed it again with egg white & that also gave it a very nice crust. I liked the addition of brown sugar in this recipe compared to my normal recipe. Thanks for the tip Verla! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2007
This was an excellent Italian bread recipe but it's a good thing I checked it after a few minutes of kneading in the machine; it was like batter instead of dough! I ended up adding about 3/4 C. more flour just so it would knead into a ball. It was still rather hard to handle but I did manage to get it into loaves. Thankfully the end result was super! I strongly urge that 5 minutes in the oven before serving; it was the finishing touch for a nice crusty loaf! Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2003
THIS BREAD IS AWESOME!!!!!! THE BEST ITALIAN BREAD I HAVE EVER MADE! My family loves this bread. I have made it 3 times already and it has turned out great every time. The only change I have made was that one time I put sesame seeds one time I put poppy seeds and once I made it plain. Thanks for this recipe I will be making this bread for a long time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2007
We loved this bread--had a nice crust and soft interior and was so delicious! The recipe is very adaptable to a manual process--I kneaded it for about 5 minutes after mixing. I made one big loaf, used a little less salt than specified, and did not use the egg wash or sesame seeds. I'll definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2003
This recipe is my family's favorite bread recipe. I am constantly asked to make it. I use it to make homemade hamburger buns (just divide dough into 8 balls you'll never want those wimpy soft buns at the store again) or when guests are expected I braid it. Yummy...there is never any left after a dinner! Thank you Verla Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2010
I like a chewier less sweet bread so I used bread flour and reduced the sugar by half. Also a 3:1 ratio of flour to water generally works best for me so I used just one cup of water. Sandwich-style loaves are most practical for us so I baked this in a glass loaf dish at 350 degrees about 35 minutes. I greased the pan and used the egg wash but skipped the cornmeal and sesame seeds. Very pleased - good basic home-style white bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2008
Great bread recipe. It was a little sticky once I removed it from the bread machine so I just left it all in one large loaf and it baked just perfectly. I did add 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of each garlic powder,italian seasoning,onion & herb seasoning by Mrs.Dash. It was heavenly and had the perfect amount of flavor. It is without a doubt a 5 star recipe I did leave out the seeds as well. We had this with Lasagna. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2003
This was a very easy and delicious recipe. The original recipe doesn't tell you what to do with the egg but I combined the egg & water and washed the bread with it which gave the bread a lovely shiny crust. I definitely recommend reheating the bread before serving and spritzing it with water to make the crust crispier. My neighbors begged me to make this again but hey they have a bread maker too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2008
This recipe is good but not great. It is a bit vague and although I used the full amount of salt it tasted bland. It does have a nice crust and soft interior which is the reason for the 4 stars. I didn't care much for the sesame seeds so if I make it again I'll leave them out and try to add other seasoning like the previous reviewer mentioned. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/18/2008
Really salty---might cut the salt to 1 tsp. next time. Also mine took longer to bake (35-40 min.) Read More
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