Italian Herb Bread
1 1/4 cups + 3 tbsp. water, 80°F
4 cups bread flour
1 tbsp. dry milk powder
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese(I used the green can cheese)
1 1/2 tsp. italian seasoning
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast(or 2 tsp. breadmachine/fast rise yeast)
Put the ingredients in your bread pan according to your bread machine manual. Put your machine on "french" setting and let the machine do all the work for you! This will make a 2lb loaf!
I decided though to set my machine to the "dough" setting and let the machine just do the mixing and rising of the dough. Once the dough cycle was done, I took the dough out of the machine and divided it into four balls and rolled it out into four small loaves and stuck in my mini loaf pans to rise again for about 1 hour. After the hour, I baked in the oven at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Once the loaves were done, I cooled on a cooling rack before slicing to make my "spiced garlic bread". I slice it and then butter each side and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese. Stick back into the oven at 400° for 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
If you make the dough rather than a loaf of bread, you can also divide it up into 12-16 balls and then roll out into ropes to make breadsticks.
This bread is a great side addition to a nice spaghetti dinner, or alfredo dish or homemade pizza!
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