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Italian Sweet Bread

 Italian Sweet Bread
This golden brown bread offers satisfying sweetness in every slice. The hearty round loaves rise well and cut beautifully. With an egg wash and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning, the bread looks pretty, too. -Kim Ooms Cottage Grove, Minnesota
24 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • EGG WASH:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Italian seasoning, optional

Directions

  • In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order
  • suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5
  • minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if
  • needed).
  • When the cycle is completed, turn dough onto a floured surface.
  • Divide in half. Shape each portion into a ball; flatten slightly.
  • Place in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise
  • until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Beat egg and water; brush over the dough. Sprinkle with Italian
  • seasoning if desired.Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until
  • golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2

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Italian Sweet Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • loaves (16 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 87 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.