The Very Best Italian Bread!

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
40 mins

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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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

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