Can you smell the aroma … Oh my goodness! This bread is so good- and it makes your house smell divine.
- 4 cups Bread Flour (I used White Lily – for Bread Machines)
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 envelope active dry yeast (1/4 oz) = 2-1/4 tsp.
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
My Notes: Step 3 – Add a couple/three shakes of Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt, Garlic Powder. Mix with egg wash and slather it on; use all of the egg wash mixture. It may seem like a lot – but, it’s not. You will be proud how your bread will glisten when you remove it from the oven!
*Forget the cornmeal…line your baking sheet with Parchment Paper.
I wasn’t too sure how to roll out the bread. So, here is a video I found helpful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaJU__UTGFs
FOCUS on how she rolls the bread…tucking as she goes – Put on your baking sheet with seams down. (on your parchment paper)
The Neighbors will show up on your doorstep when you make this bread! Disclaimer: If you do not like your neighbor’s … don’t make this bread!