The Very Best Italian Bread!

Recipe by Dine Dish
READY IN: 1hr 10mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




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