Italian bread has an ideal texture for garlic bread for one thing! While the outside is crunchy, similar to French bread, the inside has fewer holes than French bread does, which is why it is the right bread to serve with Italian and other cuisines. Italian bread also is richer in flavor than the French bread since it contains olive oil.
Until the invention of the bread machine, home cooks had to spend hours in the kitchen mixing, kneading and baking this luscious bread. Today, they only need to let the machine perform the mixing and part of the kneading. A good bread machine drastically reduces the time it takes to make this bread. We offer you a recipe below to discover how easy it is to make Italian bread with your machine (small or large).
Measure the 4 cups of flour along with the salt, brown sugar, olive oil, yeast, and the 1 1/3 cups of lukewarm water into the machine’s pan in the order specified in the manufacturer’s instruction book that comes with your machine. Set the machine to the dough cycle and start it.
Once the cycle finishes, lightly flour your work surface with the other flour. Press the dough down to deflate it and place it on your work surface on top of the flour. Cut dough down the middle for two loaves. Sprinkle cornmeal on a flat pan and place the two loaves on top of the cornmeal. Cover both loaves with a damp, clean, cotton towel and allow them to double in volume, which will take around 40 minutes. In the last minutes of this stage, preheat your oven to 190°C or 375°F.
After the loaves have risen sufficiently, beat the 1 tablespoon of room-temperature water and medium together in a small, mixing bowl. Brush this egg wash onto the loaves. Place a long slit in the center top of the loaves using a sharp knife. Move quickly while performing this action. Shake the flat pan gently to ensure the loaves do not stick to it. Grease a baking sheet. Slide the loaves quickly onto this baking sheet with the help of a spatula if necessary.
Bake the loaves in a hot oven for about 30 minutes. The loaves should sound hollow when you tap on them when they are ready. Allow the bread to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.
Now, prepare your favorite Italian food and enjoy a piece of your bread along with this food. Italian bread also tastes excellent with a bit of olive oil and garlic on it.
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