I’ve been using my bread machine more and more lately. I’ve had it for years, and probably like a lot of people’s bread makers, mine spends a lot of time in the back of the pantry sitting quietly. That’s kind of sad, because it makes great stuff, like this Italian herb bread from the bread machine. Now my loaves don’t always turn out perfect like the perfect loaves I can get at the locally-owned bakery shop. But they’re mighty darned good and they leave the house smelling delicious.
This Italian herb bread has a tremendous aroma and taste. It made for the perfect sandwich bread. A nice light crust and soft insides, but not so soft that it can’t hold up to a mound of sandwich meat and cheese.
Any leftover ends or less-than-perfect pieces of this Italian herb bread from the bread machine got turned into fantastic croutons. Great croutons. So good in fact that I wouldn’t hesitate to make a loaf just for croutons.
Italian Herb Bread from the Bread Machine
- 10-12 ounces lukewarm water
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley crushed
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flake
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeat
- Add ingredients to your bread machine in the order listed (check with your bread machine maker if it requires a different order for the dry and wet ingredients).
- Select the French bread setting and start the bread cycle.
- Let cool slightly after baking before slicing.