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Italian Sweet Bread Recipe

Italian Sweet Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

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

  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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 loaves (16 slices each).
Editor's Note: We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.

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.