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
Ingredients:
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 egg
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Directions:
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:

French Bread


Cuban Bread


Bread Sticks


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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3 comments:

  1. This sounds SO good! I still don't have a bread machine, but I may have to invest in one in the future. =) And those breadsticks featured below the post also look amazing. You've got me craving carbs now! Yum, yum, yum!

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  2. Yummy! Love how you can make these in a machine, I'm always on the lookout for bread maker recipes. Stopping by from DIY by Design and would love for you to stop by my baking blog and say hello! :)

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  3. Oh wow! My mouth is watering! lol I want this. Now! I hope I can make this! Thanks for sharing this! I'm glad I found this on Friday Food Frenzy! Pinned.

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