Sesame Garlic Italian Bread

18 Nov

Serve this alongside some homemade lasagna or spaghetti and your husband will think you hung the moon.

Are you looking for a new way to jazz up a simple Italian meal?  Try this delicious Italian bread.  It is beautiful but not difficult at all.  Don’t be intimidated by how it looks! 

In a mixer fitted with dough hooks (or a bread machine set on the knead cycle) combine:

  • 1 1/2 c. warm water
  • 3 T. powdered milk
  • 2 c. bread flour-you could also use whole wheat bread flour (I think this is what I used I can’t remember)
  • 2 T. yeast
  • Mix all of this briefly.  Then add:
  • 1/4 c. sugar-granulated regular sugar or raw.
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 T. minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 t. salt 
  • 1/2 c. oil-I like canola. 
  • Mix together and then add flour 1 cup at a time.  I ended up using about 4 1/2 c. at this step.  Knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes.  Remove dough from mixer and place on a lightly floured surface.  Divide dough into 2 parts. 

Take each dough portion and roll it into a rectangle roughly 14X10. Spread with butter (softened) and sprinkle lightly with parsley flakes, parmesan cheese, and garlic salt.

Roll up tight like a jelly roll: start from the long side and roll to the other long side.

Slice rolled dough in half down the middle. Then twist together loosely. Make sure to pinch the ends together.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, parley flakes, and sesame seeds. Let rise about 30-40 minutes. bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

Note: This recipe does make 2 loaves.  You could easily half the recipe.  I usually do make 2 loaves and wrap one very tightly and place in the freezer.  The bread easily stays fresh for days.  (I do keep mine wrapped tightly with plastic wrap).  This bread is also wonderful alongside soup.  A perfect way to round out a meal.  Try some today!


2 Responses to “Sesame Garlic Italian Bread”

  1. Ann November 18, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Looks yummy! Maybe you should bring some here for us to “taste test”. We wouldn’t want Brandon to have to eat anything that doesn’t taste good!

    • emersonfamily November 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

      I’ll have to do that sometime soon. Maybe I’ll make it one day when you all have lunch with us. 🙂

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