Nana's Sausage Bread

Recipe by Dee514
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 12-20
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • In frying pan, brown sausage over medium high heat.
  • Drain drippings and let cool.
  • Mix 2 eggs, basil, fennel seeds and mozzarella into cooled sausage and set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine 5 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  • In small sauce pan, heat water, milk and butter until hot to the touch (about 125°), and stir into dry mixture.
  • Mix in only enough of the reserved 1 cup of flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 8-10 minutes).
  • Cover dough and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half, set one half aside.
  • Roll half the dough into a 6" x 18" rectangle.
  • Spoon half the sausage mixture evenly over the dough to within a 1/2 of the edges.
  • Fold the dough over the sausage filling and overlap the dough by about 1 1/2", seal seam and ends by pinching dough together.
  • Carefully transfer filled dough to a greased baking sheet in a horseshoe shape.
  • With a very sharp knife or razor, make slashes in the top of dough about 1/2" deep and about 2" apart.
  • Repeat rolling and filling with remaining piece of dough.
  • Beat remaining egg and brush over both loves of bread.
  • Lightly sprinkle 1 TB of Locatelli or Parmesan cheese over each loaf (optional).
  • Cover loaves and let rise until doubled (about 40-50 minutes).
  • Bake in preheated 375° oven for about 25-30 minutes or until done.
  • Remove from baking sheets and cool slightly.
  • Serve warm.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.
  • Bread can be made a day ahead of time and then warmed in the oven before serving.