Thursday, September 15, 2011

Italian Bread... from the bread machine



4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

Egg Wash:
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

2 tablespoons cornmeal

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.  Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into two loaves. Place the loaves seam side down on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray and 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. 

4.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

5.  Enjoy!

Note: You can use 2 cups bread flour plus 2 cups all-purpose flour in place of the 4 cups all-purpose flour.



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  1. Such a great post! Love visiting your blog!

    Lola x

  2. oh ellen...i am just getting back into bread making and am envious of your pane italiano! i don't have a bread machine but thinking it would still work by hand, no? thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

  3. Wow, your loaves look just like the ones in the store. I also love that it's a bread machine recipe which means not much clean up.

  4. I pinned this, look fantastic!! Stop over for a visit sometime!

  5. That sounds amazing! I love Italian bread :) AND my mom sent me a bread maker for my birthday!

    Stopping by from Tasty Tues (FTLOB)

  6. P.S. Thanks for linking up on my linky :)

  7. Looks delish.

    Thanks for sharing with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  8. Yes, please! :) I would love it if you shared it on Makin' You Crave Monday over at my blog,!!

  9. Hi Ellen,
    What beautiful bread, it looks so delicious. I can almost smell it cooking in the oven. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  10. Thanks for linking up to Whisking Wednesdays last week. I love italian bread and can't wait to try it in my bread machine! I featured your recipe this week. I hope to see you back again this week.


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