Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

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 Italian herb bread. The aroma from this bread as it bakes is insane. If I could bottle it I would put it into air fresheners. Herbs are throughout the bread so there’s no chance you take a bite and don’t get all that deliciousness.

Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

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.

Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

I sometimes sneak in a pinch or two or three of red pepper flake.
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Cook Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 259kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place ingredients into bread machine in the order listed.
  • Process on dough cycle.
  • Lightly flour a flat work surface and your hands. Remove dough from bread machine and work into a ball, folding with your hands.
  • Transfer to lightly oiled bread baking pan.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Transfer to a warm place and let rise until doubled, 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Carefully remove the wrap. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Po Boy Bread from the 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.

Po Boy Bread from the Bread Machine

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!)

Po Boy Bread from the Bread Machine

This is my go-to po boy bread dough recipe from the bread machine. 
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1485kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups bread flour plus a little more, if needed
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast

For the glaze

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Let cool slightly before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 1485kcal | Carbohydrates: 283g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 3553mg | Potassium: 541mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread

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.

Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread

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.

Also try my buttery garlic herb knots, grilled garlic cheese bread and my super-easy garlic-cheese crescent rolls.

Chipotle Garlic Cheese Bread

This chipotle garlic cheese bread is packed with flavor, and oh does it ever bring the cheese.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 314kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder or more
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large French bread halved horizontally

Instructions

  • Combine the butter and chipotle chili powder in a large bowl. Add more seasoning if you want it spicier.
  • Add the remaining ingredients except for the bread (and parsley garnish). Gently fold to combine.
  • Place bread halves onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Spread the cheese mixture onto the bread. Don’t be shy. If you have leftover mixture consider yourself lucky (not all loaves are the same size, so it happens!).
  • Place bread under the broiler until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before garnishing with parsley and slicing for serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.