Italian Bread

Italian Bread

This is delicious Italian bread that you can make with a bread machine. It goes with many different recipes and is great for sandwiches. This recipe does not take too long and can be repeated as needed.
Ingredients:
•4 cups of all-purpose flour (unbleached)
•1 ½ teaspoons of olive oil
•1 1/3 cups warm water (110 F)
•2 tablespoons cornmeal
•1 packet of bread machine yeast
•1 tablespoon brown sugar
•1 tablespoon water
•1 egg
•1 ½ teaspoons of salt

Directions:

  1. Put the ingredients into the bread machine pan as instructed by the man-
    ufacturer. Start the machine on the Basic/White bread cycle.
  2. Form the dough into two separate loaves.
  3. Place the dough on a cutting board seam side down and sprinkle the dough with the cornmeal.
  4. Cover the dough with a damp clean cloth and let the dough rise for about
    35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  6. Beat 1 tablespoon of water with 1 egg
  7. Brush the loaves with the egg and water mixture.
  8. Make a long cut along the middle of the loaves.
  9. Put the loaves on a baking sheet in one fast motion.
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
    Tip: You can also let the loaves rise on the pan instead of moving them for larger loaves.

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