Italian Bread

This is what i've baked for breakfast... Delicious and very easy to make in the Bread Machine.... Nice crust and perfectly fluffy inside.. perfect for making sandwiches... and oh since today we are gng to JB for groceries... i'll probably fix sandwiches for dinner... quick and easy!

And another thing...I think I'll be increasing the salt just a tad next time i bake this bread though.. recipe fm All recipe


INGREDIENTS
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (i used 2 cups of bread and 2 cups of AP flour)
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp salt (maybe add 1/2tsp more)
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 tsp

1 egg
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp cornmeal ( didnt use)




METHOD
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 cornmeal. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise, until doubled in volume about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 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 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.

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




NOTE: I didnt use cornmeal cos i didnt hv any in my pantry... also i let it rise on the baking sheet... oh yes i did place the bottom tray with ice cubes in the oven to gv that crust and flaky texture on the bread ALTERNATIVELY u can preheat oven with baking stone or spray water on bread

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