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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 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
  • EGG WASH:
  • 1 large 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.
Editor's Note
We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 87 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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