Bread Machine Italian Bread

Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

Italian Bread Recipe For Bread Machine

One of the main reasons why I got a bread machine was because I found myself stopping at the local general store twice a week to pick up a Italian loaf.  One of my first recipe goals was to make a Italian Bread that my family would love served with dinner.   This bread is now made weekly in my kitchen!

Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

We love this bread served alongside lasagna, Creamy Tomato Soup, and Slow Cooker Casseroles

Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

Bread Machine Recipes

If you’re new to the bread machine world you’ll want to first read the manual that came with it.   Not only will the manual give you some basic recipes, but it’ll also talk about the order you should add your ingredients into the pan.  

This is a important step that shouldn’t be overlooked, so please follow your bread machines ordering for the best possible bread.  Most likely the order will look something like this:

  1. Water (Liquids)
  2. Flour
  3. Sugar
  4. Dry Milk
  5. Salt
  6. Butter / Oils
  7. Yeast

It’s important to add them in the right order as it will affect the bread quality when it’s kneading it.  

I have a Zojirushi BB-SSC10 bread maker which makes 1 pound loaf sizes, perfect for my family.

If you are looking for something a little larger check out Cuisinart 2 pound bread maker.  If you aren’t sure what bread maker to get, here’s a helpful video to decide!

Italian Bread Ingredients

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to make this Italian Bread.   The ingredients are so basic you probably already have everything in your pantry.

  • water
  • bread flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • active dry yeast

Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

How to Make Homemade Bread

Time to make Italian Bread!  Grab your bread machine and plug it in.  Bread machines take on average 3 hours to make bread from beginning to end.  The only work you’ll do is in the first 5 minutes!

Add your cold water to the bread pan.  Cold water is important for this bread, so don’t use warm water.
how to make homemade bread

Now add your bread flour.  
how to make bread in machine

Everyone has their favorite bread flour but in my opinion they aren’t all created equally. I stick with King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill, I’ll buy whichever one is on sale at the grocery store.
king arthur bread flour

Next, add your sugar.  You only need 1 tablespoon.
sugar

And now your salt..
salt on spoon

And now 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
olive oil on spoon

Finally add your dry active yeast on top.
active dry yeast on spoon

Now place your bread pan into the machine and close the lid.  If your machine has a Italian bread setting, choose that.

Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

If it doesn’t, just select the basic bread option.  Now press start.
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

Now the bread will start the process of rising, kneading, rising some more and finally baking. 
Here’s how it looks in the kneading process in the very beginning.
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

And this is after it has risen.
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

And this how it looks when it’s fully baked.  Beautiful, isn’t it?
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

When it’s done baking your machine will probably let out a fun little jingle.  Do a little dance because you just made delicious Italian Bread!  (Want to know something really crazy? While I was typing the last line my loaf of bread finished and it started playing the jingle!  How’s that for perfect timing? Now I’m worried that my bread machine is watching me!).
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

After it’s finished baking, your machine will most likely turn on warm mode to keep it warm.  You can keep it like this, or if you’re impatient like me you’ll take it out of the machine (careful: it’s hot!) and then remove the bread from the pan.  No matter how many times I bake bread I’m always amazed by how easily it slides out of the pan!
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

Now it’s time to cut a slice of this bread and enjoy!  I love my Italian bread with a little bit of butter, or raspberry jam if I’m looking for a treat!
Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

More Bread Recipes

If you’re looking for more bread recipes, try some of my favorites below. 

Pumpkin Sourdough Rolls

Crockpot 2 Hour Bread

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Bread

KFC Flaky Biscuits

If you’re looking for beginner bread machine recipes check out this easy bread using all purpose flour and this foolproof sandwich bread recipe.

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Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

Bread Machine Italian Bread

Bread Machine Italian Bread recipe. These easy step by step instructions show how to make crusty Italian bread in your machine. I make this homemade bread weekly for family!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Bread Machine Italian Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 135 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 cups bread flour I recommend King Arthur or Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

Instructions

  1. Place water, bread flour, sugar, salt, olive oil and active dry yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. 

  2. If you have a Italian Bread cycle, press that. If you don't, select Basic Bread cycle. Press Start.



  3. The machine will now make the bread. Once it's done baking, remove from the machine and serve.

 

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