Easy Italian Bread

"This is my family's favorite bread when we decide to have paninis for lunch !!!"
photo by Janni402 photo by Janni402
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photo by Dreamer in Ontario photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Dreamer in Ontario photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Chef Glaucia photo by Chef Glaucia
Ready In:
3hrs 10mins
12 slices




  • Place all the ingredients in bread machine pan. Process on dough setting.
  • At the end of the cycle, remove dough from machine; place it on parchment paper. Punch down dough. Shape dough into baguete-shaped loaf about 12 inches long.
  • Place loaf on cornmeal-coated cookie sheet and with sharp knife, make 1 deep lenghtwise slash in top of loaf. Cover; let rise in warm place for about 1 hour.
  • Brush loaf with egg white, if desired. Heat oven to 375º F. Bake loaf for 25 to 35 minutes.
  • Variation: You can add 1 tsp dark sesame oil to the recipe if you desire. Sprinkle the loaf with same sesame seeds before putting it in the oven.

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  1. Yum! This was easy to make. I don't have a bread machine so I kneaded it by hand. After allowing it to rise, the loaf was a huge blob that I had to reshape into a loaf before baking. I sprinkled the top with garlic powder and kosher salt. Planning on using it to make garlic bread later tonight but had to sneak a piece- yum!!
  2. I MADE BREAD!!!! This is a first for me (can you tell?) My husband said it was very good for my first "eatable loaf"...and that's saying something. I've been trying to make bread for well over a month, with some really weird results and lots of wasted flour. I can't believe it was that easy and turned out so well. I'm 60+ and never had the elbows needed to "knead", so this recipe with a bread machine was great. It goes to the top of my list.
  3. Made this bread to go with Sunday dinner. The only problem I had, which was probably my fault was the loaf was a little flat. I let it rise until I was ready to bake (3 hrs.), not the stated one hour. It seemed to rise to the side instead of up, which created a thinner loaf. Will try again! Flavor and texture was good though!
  4. I don't have a bread machine so I made this by first combining the yeast, water and sugar. I then combined the dry ingredients, added the yeast mixture and kneaded the bread until smooth and elastic. After that I followed the recipes directions. Before baking I brushed the loaf with an egg/water mixture that was left over from another recipe. The resulting loaf was a lovely golden brown colour and delicious.
  5. Really delicious loaf! I sprinkled sesame and poppy seeds on top before I put in the oven. Great with soup! Thanks!



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