Baking & Desserts

Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine

Ingredients

  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • Directions

  • Step 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. Select dough cycle; press Start.

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  • Step 2

    Deflate 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).

  • Step 3

    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.

  • Step 4

    Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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