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    The Very Best Italian Bread!

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    1 hr 10 mins

    30 mins

    40 mins

    Dine & Dish's Note:

    My friend Leslie passed this recipe on to me. It makes 2 loaves, which is always wonderful because you can share a fresh baked loaf of wonderful bread with a friend. Easy to make using both your bread machine and your oven.

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    1. 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.
    2. 2
      Select dough cycle; press Start.
    3. 3
      Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
    4. 4
      Form dough into two loaves.
    5. 5
      Place the loaves seam side down on a cutting board generously sprinkled with cornmeal.
    6. 6
      Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise, until doubled in volume about 40 minutes.
    7. 7
      Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    8. 8
      In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water.
    9. 9
      Brush the risen loaves with egg mixture.
    10. 10
      Make a single long, quick cut down the center of the loaves with a sharp knife.
    11. 11
      Gently shake the cutting board to make sure that the loaves are not sticking.
    12. 12
      If they stick, use a spatula or pastry knife to loosen.
    13. 13
      Slide the loaves onto a baking sheet with one quick but careful motion.
    14. 14
      Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 21, 2011


      This is the best Italian Bread. I will never buy another loaf in the store. Easy and delicious, thanks for posting.

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    • on February 20, 2011


      My oh my this is some great bread! I made it to have with some homemade soup for dinner. Great heated in the oven then slathered with butter!

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    • on September 30, 2010

      I made this last night and it came out AMAZINGLY! I don't have a bread maker so I made it by hand and used quick-rise yeast. I made one loaf of bread with sesame seeds on top (sprinkled on after the egg wash) and then I made breadsticks with the rest! The breadsticks were long and narrow; before cooking I brushed with the egg-wash and sprinkled with kosher salt. Immediately when they came out of the oven, I brushed them again but this time with melted butter - it tasted wonderful! I'll add the pictures.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Very Best Italian Bread!

    Serving Size: 1 (933 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1033.2
    Calories from Fat 77
    Total Fat 8.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    Cholesterol 93.0 mg
    Sodium 1790.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 204.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
    Sugars 7.5 g
    Protein 30.0 g

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