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Italian Mini Loaves Recipe

Italian Mini Loaves Recipe

Guests will reach for seconds once they sample a slice from one of these fragrant little loaves. "You can also make breadsticks with this dough," suggests Debra Hartze of Zeeland, North Dakota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 to 2-1/4 cups bread flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, sugar, yeast, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and parsley. In a saucepan, heat milk, water and 1 tablespoon butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough; beat until smooth.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into thirds; shape into loaves. Place in three greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  • 4. Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves (4 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 slices) equals 115 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.