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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


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


  • 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.

Reviews for Italian Sweet Bread

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Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"OOOOH yummy scrummy and delicious! This was easy and tastes just perfect, a bit sweet and a bit salty, I topped it with crushed kosher salt before baking. Can't wait to eat another slice :)"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Can this bread be made by hand? I don't use a bread maker."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"This is one of my family's favorite bread machine recipes. I follow the recipe as written, but always add a bit of kosher salt to the Italian seasoning that I sprinkle on top before baking. This gives it a salty-sweet taste that we really enjoy. For those having issues with the recipe, it may help to use whole milk or a mix of half-and-half and milk. I've done this and noticed that the bread is a bit more dense. Thanks for a great recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"My whole family loves this recipe, I make it both as oven baked long loaves as well as using my bread machine to cook it. I use it for sandwiches, garlic toast, French toast, as well as for dips & soup as well-it's delicious in every way!!"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"Love this! I noticed some people have had problems with this recipe. I can tell you mine comes out perfectly every time, but I don't use a bread machine so maybe that's the difference. This bread freezes very well, too."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"I have been making this bread for a few years now and we love it! I use regular bread loaf pans instead of the round pans and it turns out perfect every time!"

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"it was good, but not spectacular. Id make it again because its a pretty basic bread that you can eat with just about anything. Mine wasnt as dense looking as the picture, and I would have liked for mine to look more like the pic. I followed the recipe exactly as posted, so wondering if it was a fluke or if I did something wrong. All in all it was pretty good flavor ;)"

Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"I have just came across this recipe a couple days ago and it has become a big hit in this house as the whole house here (6) of us love it very much and the boys keep asking for more so I have already made it 2 times and will continue to make it . I have also shared with others as it is too good to keep to ourselves lol. YUM!"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"Delicious bread! Easy to make, too! I followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfectly!"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"i have made this twice but its not very thick. not like the picture. love the taste but not the size. what am i doing wrong or is the picture wrong"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"I made this bread last weekend & it is an excellent recipe! I can't hardly wait to make it again this weekend. FYI- I followed the recipe exactly as is."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I omitted the italian seasonings and the egg wash as I just wanted a basic dinner bread. The bread came out golden, round, and tasted wonderful. Its a perfect white bread that resembles that of a dinner roll. My husband remarked that it looked like it was baked in a brick oven in an artisan bakery somewhere. Great recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"I even forgot the egg wash, and this came out a beautiful and delicious bread. I can't wait to make it again; it had a very similar flavor to a local Italian restaurant's bread that we enjoy."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I had rave reviews from my family on this recipe. Made one loaf to give as gift and they loved it also. Making a double batch today since my family didn't get enough."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"Have made this over and over again. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"One of the best breads I have ever made. I also did not use a bread machine, did it by hand, it's a great bread!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"I have made this bread about 30 times. It's now my specialty bread and my 8 year old niece asked for it for her birthday!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"I make this bread everyday. My husband won't eat any other bread since i first made this. I gave a loaf to all my neighbors and they are still telling me how much they loved it. Especially toasted the next day. That's how i decide whether the recipe will be made again,testing it out on my neighbors. So far everything that I mad from the taste of home magazine, they love. So I bow to you and thank you for making me have the title of a good cook in the neighborhood."

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"My family and I love this bread! The only thing I do different is replace the all purpose flour with bread flour. I prefer the texture of the bread this way. This bread is great as it is, or brush a little olive oil and toast it, then top with fresh made bruschetta. Better than store bought and so easy!!"

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