Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Italian Bread (in the Bread Machine)
Yes, the need to knead has struck again. This time in the form of a delicious Italian bread.
I love making bread so much that I am now at the point of baking it and giving it away. And yes, I know that by using the bread machine I am not partaking in the process as much as I would without the machine but I do get to take part in the final "punch down," shaping and baking process and that is the part that makes me happy.
I had my bread machine for years, just sitting around collecting dust, before I realized that it could be used for more than making a big brick shape loaf of bread with a hole in the center from where it baked around the machines mixer. You know what I'm talking about, right? I wiped off the dust and now keep this machine in the kitchen at arms reach and use it all the time.
This particular recipe has become a repeater and I have made it quite a few times. I love the hint of sweetness the brown sugar adds to this bread. Its light and fluffy on the inside but has a delicious crunchy crust on the outside. Do you want to know exactly how good this bread is? My son's friend was over one day when I made it. He ate half the loaf and then asked me to make it for him for his 9th birthday. He didn't ask for toys just a loaf of bread....I couldn't say no to that! Plus it gave me a reason to feed my "knead to need!!"
Recipe from allrecipes
4 cups flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/3 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal
Place all ingredients in first section in the bread machine according to manufacturers directions. Select dough cycle and start.
Once dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into two loaves and sprinkle with the cornmeal.
Cover the dough and let rise until dough doubles in size (about 30-40 minutes.)
Mix the egg and water in a bowl and brush on the loaves of bread. Make on long cut down the center of each loaf of bread.
Slide the loaves onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.
Other Bread Machine recipes:
Last year at this time I made Slow Cooked Brats with Sauerkraut.
Two years ago I made Butternut Squash Fries.
Three years ago I made Candied Kumquats.
Four years ago I made Cuban Corn Chowder.
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