Just was looking for a good, plain italian bread. You know the kind thats crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside. Italian style bread without all the herbs. Easy for the bread machine. Even though RecipeZaar is my favorite, I searched the internet. Found different recipes around the internet. Combined some from here some from there and kind of changed the technique. You get a nice high crusty loaf with a chewy interior and it smells wonderful. As close to the oven as it gets!
- Place Water, Olive Oil, Brown Sugar, 2 Cups of the Flour, and then Salt in the pan of the bread machine. Then add the remainder 2 Cups of the Flour (make a little well) and add Yeast.
- Use the French Bread Setting, Medium Crust, 2 lb loaf.
- As the dough is forming you may want to check and scrape the sides a time or two.
- Let the machine do its thing and enjoy the aroma!
Love this Bread! Used dough cycle on bread machine. When cycle was complete, I divided dough into 6 (bun size). Placed on lightly sprayed parchment paper in warm oven to let dough rise again. Baked at 350 till lightly browned. Thanks for the great recipe.
M granddaughter and I make bread every week. We always used the italian bread recipe that came with my ABM, but this time we decided to try this one. My breadmaker died right after we put all the ingredients in, so we used the kitchenaid. This bread was exactly how I remember the Italian bread that my mom used to buy from the Italian baker who sold it door to door when I was a child. Crispy crust and soft inside. I think I might have to throw that booklet in the trash.
I formed this dough into four large submarine buns. They were EXCELLENT! Wonderful, soft texture and great taste.