Bread Machine Italian Bread

Bread Machine Italian Bread


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This wonderful Italian bread is easy to make and makes a great dinner accompaniment. The dough is made in the bread machine and then baked in the oven.


Serves: 20 

  • 4 cups (500g) unbleached plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 7g active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons polenta

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  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.
  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 polenta. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
  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 centre 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 to loosen. Slide the loaves onto a baking tray with one quick but careful motion.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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:Its awesome, really easy to make, and the taste is amazing. - 16 Aug 2012

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