These loaves of bread put a smile on my Grumpy’s face. You see, we have been watching what we eat and Grumpy has been doing a great job of it – and it is showing! There isn’t much in the house to just grab anymore though – not even bread! So, when I knew I was going to make my Chicken Penne Prima Vera, I knew I would need something bready to go with.

Sometimes I get the bread baking bug and nothing can cure it except to bake some bread! Fortunately we were home all day on Sunday and I was able to cure my need to bake! However, I am also lazy when it comes to bread making (did I just say that?!) and I did not want to be stirring and kneading by hand. Ahem, after all, I did just have surgery not that long ago and I really didn’t “knead” to be doing all that arm work, right? ha ha. In any case, I hate stirring and kneading bread. Yes, I am one of the few who does not get pleasure from it. So, I went on a search on allrecipes.com and came across a recipe for Italian Bread using a bread machine. Perfect!


Then, as I am just beginning to mix my bread, something funky goes on with my old machine. Yes, it is old. Which is why I only use it to mix and never bake. It started to smoke. I have a feeling I won’t be using this machine anymore and will be on the hunt for a new one. I still was able to finish my recipe and it turned out wonderfully!

I am pretty proud of this Italian loaf. My very first one. I think I should have cut the slice just a little deeper into the loaf but still it tasted awesome!

Italian Bread using a Bread Machine

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Place flour, brown sugar, warm water, salt, olive oil and yeast in the pan of bread machine in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press start.Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into two loaves and place seam side down on a cutting board generously sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise, until doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

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 center 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 a baking sheet with one quick but careful motion.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

20 Comments

  1. Mary July 28, 2009 at 10:11 am - Reply

    What lovely loaves you made , oh so you're going to make garlic bread , i love that . I haven't made it in a while , well i'll just wait to see yours. have a nice day!

  2. Mags July 28, 2009 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Beautiful bread Shelby! The Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge has us making Italian bread a few weeks from now. I'm excited…it's one of my favorite breads.

  3. Barbara Bakes July 28, 2009 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Your bread looks perfect to me! I'm so glad you're posting the garlic bread recipe!

  4. Donna-FFW July 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    It looks lovely!! I have a bread machine that is new in the box, I may have to get it out just to try this!!

  5. Jamie July 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Shelby,
    I am a bread freak and yours looks so good. I haven't used by bread machine in years and my husband always teases me that I don't use it. I may have to pull it out for this one.

  6. Frieda July 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Looks perfect to me…I wouldn't change a thing!

  7. didolivescooks July 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Awesome bread Shelby! I have never baked a bread and am all excited to see such perfect bakers…and am defintely coming again for ur garlic bread…

  8. Fallon July 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I love fresh bread. Absolutely amazing and worth eating!

  9. Jessie July 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I need to invest in a bread machine. I'm like you, lazy to do kneading and making bread by hand hehehe

    your italian bread looks like came fresh out of a bakery. I imagine you're going to be dipping that delicious bread into soup and having it as a side to a great salad 🙂

  10. noble pig July 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    That is one beautiful loaf! And all in the bread machine…even better!

  11. Gera @ SweetsFoods July 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    The attraction to see and smell warm bread just baked is pure happiness…like I’m enjoying now 🙂

    Tomorrow a garlic bread….my weakness with butter!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  12. Carrian July 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    It's looks beautiful and delicious. I love fresh baked bread!

  13. CookiePie July 28, 2009 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    That is some gorgeous bread!! Definitely a great reward for all that discipline 🙂

  14. Katy ~ July 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Shelby, those loves are GORGEOUS!!

  15. Linda July 29, 2009 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Aw, c'mon…it looks awesome. I am not good with yeast baking so I am so jealous of those who can!! LOL

  16. Finsmom July 29, 2009 at 1:21 am - Reply

    These turned out so beautifully!

  17. Creative One July 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Bread looks awesome. Great job Shelby!

  18. Linda July 29, 2009 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Shelby, how gorgeous! (Mouth open, salivating…) I would be proud too. I just printed out the recipe.

  19. Amanda July 30, 2009 at 2:38 am - Reply

    That looks totally delicious!!

  20. Helene July 31, 2009 at 4:53 am - Reply

    What a nice loaf made wiht love.

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