I am not a baker. That’s why I have a bread machine. I’m lucky even still to get something that resembles a loaf of bread. And I’m really lucky (and happy) if I get a loaf that tastes as fantastic as this bread machine Italian herb bread. The aroma from this bread as it bakes is insanely amazing. If I could bottle it I would and I’d put it into air fresheners or one of those oil infuser things. Herbs are throughout the bread so there’s no chance you take a bite and don’t get all that deliciousness.
I wouldn’t change a thing about this bread machine Italian herb bread. Well, that’s sort of true. I sometimes sneak in a pinch or two or three of red pepper flake. Just enough for a bit of spiciness but not so much that the bread is ‘hot’. But trust me, the bread is fantastic just as it is. The herb flavor (and aroma) just cannot be beat. And neither can the flavors.
I keep practicing making bread by hand, and sometimes I get it and most of the times it just comes out ok. Until I’m a master, I’ll keep using my trusty bread machine.
This is my go-to po boy bread dough recipe from the bread machine. No way am I enough of a baker to make a dough from scratch without a bread machine. I could never make something as good as this dough. It makes for the perfect po boy. The bread gets a nice crunchy, but thin, exterior. The insides are light, soft and airy.
I’ve made this po boy bread from a bread machine at least 30 times and every time it has come out great. Well, or it did after I got the hang of rolling it into a nice loaf shape. I also learned that cutting the slits isn’t just for making it pretty, the bread seems to keep a better shape.
To get the slits just right you need to use a very, very sharp knife. You don’t want to manhandle the dough cutting it. You want the knife to go through it effortlessly.
Check out The Southern Po’ Boy Cookbook for ideas on how to use your po boy bread. I love making the ham and Swiss po boy from the cookbook, among others! (And you have to use this bread when making my Cajun Muffaletta poboys!)
Place ingredients into your bread machine in the order listed.
Process on the dough settings. After 5-10 minutes check the consistency of the dough. It should be sticky but not stick to the sides. If it is too dry add water, but in 1/2 teaspoon increments. If it is too wet add more flour 1 teaspoon at at time.
When the dough cycle is completed remove the dough to a lightly floured surface.
Roll the dough out into a rectangle that is approximately 16″ wide and 12″ deep.
Roll up the dough along the long edge.
Pinch the seam and ends closed and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet, seam-side down.
Cover with a cheesecloth and place into a warm place to rise until doubled, about an hour.
After about 30 minutes of rising preheat your oven to 425 F.
Uncover the bread and, using a very sharp knife, make a few 1/2″ deep slits along the top of the dough, about 2″ apart.
Whisk together the glaze ingredients and brush over the top of the dough.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 350 F and bake another 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Until 15 minutes ago, our gotta-have-it-garlic bread was our favorite garlic bread. This chipotle garlic cheese bread is similar in that, boy, is it ever packed with flavor, but oh does it ever bring the cheese. It reminds me of the garlic cheese bread Pizza Hut used to have on the menu but with ten times the flavor and cheese (which reminds me… be sure to check out my copycat of Pizza Hut’s pan pizza). It’s seriously over the top, but really, when you make garlic cheese bread are you thinking ‘healthy’? It’s an indulgence. And then some.
You can make this chipotle garlic cheese bread ahead of time. Just wrap it in foil (loosely, so that the cheese doesn’t stick to the foil) and keep it in the fridge. When you’re ready to reheat it just toss it in a 350 F oven for 10-15 minutes until hot. Let it cool slightly before slicing or the ooey gooey cheese will run all over the place.
It’s pumpkin time! And that means quick, easy pumpkin pull-apart bread. Moist, pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y, and guaranteed to disappear very, very quickly. I made a ‘loaf’ for my wife to take to work (you don’t have to reheat it and it doesn’t require refrigeration if you devour it within two days, which you will) and share. It was gone in no time at all!
The only tricky part when making this pumpkin pull-apart bread is if your bread pan is bigger than the bread. Like mine was. Your bread will fall and you’ll end up with a loaf of sadness if you let it. The solution for me was to grab a piece of foil, wad it up into a ball, and place it in the space between the end of the ‘loaf’ and the end of the bread pan. No bread sadness here, just great fall-flavor yumminess!
Halloween is my favorite day of the year! I love carving pumpkins! I admit I usually buy too many pumpkins and end up on a carving marathon the day of Halloween. By trick-or-treat time I’m worn out but it’s worth it!
Spray a bread pan with non-stick spray. Note: I used a non-stick bread pan and did not have to spray it.
In a bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup of the sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and egg.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the cinnamon.
Open the can of biscuits and separate them. Cut each one in half, horizontally.
Sprinkle each side of each biscuit half with the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Take a biscuit and liberally brush one side with the pumpkin mixture. Place into the bread pan on edge, with the non-pumpkin side towards the end.
Keep adding brushed biscuits into the pan, packing them in on end. They’ll look like a row of hockey pucks when you are done. When you are done, if there is extra space in your pan wad up a piece of foil and add it to keep the ‘loaf’ from falling.
Place into the oven and bake 20-25 minutes or until the outside is done. The internal temperature should be 190 F or more, but the insides will be gooey and soft, thanks to the pumpkin puree.
Let the bread cool completely before drizzling with the glaze.
Yummy, buttery, garlicky, herby bread. All good things. And very easy to make since I used pre-made pizza dough. I’m not that great at tying knots into raw dough strips, it would seem. But that didn’t matter a bit. These buttery garlic herb knots came out tasting perfect.
For the marinara I used my absolutely go-to homemade pizza sauce. It has the perfect pizza sauce flavor. I make it by the gallon (well, it seems that way at least) and freeze it in small portions so I always have it on hand. It’s perfect for dipping a few buttery garlic herb knots.
Serve a little warmed pizza sauce or marinara on the side for dipping the bread. I use these little sauce dipping cups. They’re the perfect single-serve size!
These bread machine burger buns are about as easy as you can possibly get. That’s why I have a bread machine. I can’t bake anything from scratch. Believe me, I’ve tried and tried. So without shame, I use my bread machine any chance I get, for anything from pizza dough (absolutely incredible) to these fantastic buns.
These buns have a nice little crunch with a soft interior. They’re a little sweet and moist. Perfect for burgers. Or sliders.
I made a copycat version of Subway’s Italian BMT sandwich early last year. And it was good, mighty good… But, I used a loaf of French bread I picked up at my local grocery store. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just has been nagging at me ever since. It just wasn’t quite like the real Subway bread. But this copycat Subway bread is. And it makes all the difference in the world. Every sandwich I made with this bread was to die for. Perfect.
I should add that I can’t bake. I’ve had numerous failures. Many more failures than successes. But, I don’t give up. This recipe for a copycat Subway bread is actually very easy, though not quite fool-proof. Even if you’re a bad baker like I am you can pull it off.
Place warm water, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil into the bowl of a mixer with a dough hook and let stand for 5 minutes until well bloomed.
Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour and mix for 3-5 minutes until combined.
Add 1 more cup of flour and mix until combined.
Continue adding flour 1/4 cup at a time until the dough is nice and soft, about 8 minutes. It should not stick to the sides of the bowl, but will stick a bit to the bottom. If it crumbles and falls apart, it is too dry, so add water (a teaspoon at a time) with the mixer running until the consistency is correct.
Lightly flour a work surface. Knead the dough until it is smooth and soft. This took me 5 or so minutes. It’s a workout, too, but worth it. Don’t give up!
Wipe out the mixer bowl and wipe with a paper towel that has been very lightly oiled.
Shape the dough into a ball and return to the mixer bowl. Cover with wrap and let rise in a warm place for one half to one hour or until it has doubled in size.
Line a baking sheet pan (or two) with parchment paper.
Dump the dough onto your lightly floured surface and divide into 4 equally sized pieces.
Shape (roll) each dough piece until it is a 9″ long loaf that is roughly the same thickness all over. Mine came out about 1 1/2″ – 2″ thick.
Transfer dough to the baking sheet, keeping them 2″ apart. I needed two pans.
Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick spray.
Place in a warm place and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 F.
When loaves have doubled, remove plastic wrap and bake for 25 minutes.
When loaves are done, remove from the oven and immediately rub the tops with the stick of butter. You don’t need much, but you do want to rub the entire top of the loaf. This will give the loaves the perfect crust and texture.
Cover with a clean towel and let cool for 30 minutes.
Rhodes dinner rolls make for a great, easy accompaniment to any meal. This Italian herb skillet bread version kicks them up a bit by topping them with savory herbs.
You can substitute any seasonings you prefer on your Italian herb skillet bread. I found these rolls to be quite yummy with a honey-flavored BBQ rub too. If you don’t have an 8″ skillet, you can make these in a high-rimmed metal baking pan (such as a cake pan). Just make sure the roll dough balls are about 2″ apart.
Looking for a change from the “usual” garlic cheese bread? This olive cheese bread is salty, and cheesy, with just a little onion bite. Anita absolutely loves olives, so this was a major hit with her.
Next time I make this, I might kick it up even further by using stuffed olives. I can see where jalapeno-stuffed or garlic-stuffed olives would really take this over the top. I’d also use pepper jack cheese instead of Monterrey jack just for a little more heat.
This garlic Parmesan skillet bread is a great way to make a big batch of tasty, savory bread for dinner. It looks cool and is just about as no-fuss as you can get. I cooked the bread in a cast iron skillet, which I think gives the bread a bit more of a crust on the bottom, but you can use a saute pan that is able to handle 350 F in the oven (most can).
I can see making this using cheddar instead of Parmesan, and perhaps a little Cajun seasoning instead of Italian for something a little different. Don’t get me wrong, garlic Parmesan skillet bread is delicious as it is. It’s just fun sometimes to change things up a bit.