Italian Bread

    Italian Bread


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    Mixed in the bread machine, this easy yeast bread with olive oil and a dusting of polenta is baked on a pizza stone.

    Serves: 20 

    • 3 cups (440g) unbleached flour
    • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
    • 1 1/3 cups (315ml) warm water (45 degrees C)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 7g active dry yeast
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 2 tablespoons polenta

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    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. Place pizza stone in oven and preheat to 190 degrees C. Oven must be preheated at least 30 minutes before baking.
    3. 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 drying cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
    4. 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 or pastry knife to loosen. Slide the loaves onto the pizza stone with one quick but careful motion.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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