Bread Machine – Italian Herb Bread

Bread Machine Italian Herb Bread

This bread machine Italian herb bread creates a great tasting Italian-style sandwich bread. It is perfect for Italian-themed sandwiches such as chicken parmesan sandwiches, porchetta sandwiches, meatball sandwiches and mozzarella, tomato & basil sandwiches (also known as Caprese sandwiches). You can also use this Italian herb bread as an appetizer and dip it in olive oil. Or use it with cold cuts if you want to add some Italian flair to your child’s regular “boring” sandwich lunches. Or toast this bread and slather it with butter! There are many ways to enjoy this delicious homemade bread.

Since this Italian herb bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 5 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page. If you like this recipe, we hope you will leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks!

Key Ingredient – Italian Herb Seasoning

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Italian Herb Bread Machine Recipe

Ingredients – Bread Machine – Italian Herb Bread

  • 1 1/2 Cups – Milk (lukewarm)
  • 6 Tablespoons – Butter (sliced & softened)
  • 4 Cups – Bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons – Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons – Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon – Onion Powder (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons – Bread Machine Yeast

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe –  Measuring cup & spoons, flexible spatula, oven mitts, cooling rack… and of course, a bread machine!

Instructions – Bread Machine – Italian Herb Bread

  • Bread Machine settings – 2 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread setting
  • Make sure the bread machine is unplugged and remove the bread pan from the bread machine.
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients (including the Italian herb seasoning). Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together).
  • Place the bread pan back in the bread machine and plug in the bread machine.
  • Enter the correct settings into your bread machine (i.e. 2 lb, light color & basic setting) and press the “start” button.
  • After the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread from the bread pan and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread pan from the bread machine as it will be very hot!
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread at the light color & basic bread settings. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.

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Tips – Bread Machine – Italian Herb Bread

  • The tips below are designed to help bread machine “novices” and those who haven’t touched their bread machine in years.
  • If you want to make a classic oval-shaped Italian bread (and not the usual bread machine “block” shaped bread) , you should visit the page for our delicious but slightly more advanced Bread Machine Italian Bread.
  • Optional – I like adding 1 teaspoon of onion powder to this recipe in order to add extra flavor to the bread. However, this is purely optional and you can omit the onion powder if your family wouldn’t like a very mild onion flavor in their bread.
  • Optional – For a more “authentic” herb bread appearance, I like to sprinkle an extra 1/2 teaspoon of Italian herb seasoning on top of the dough after the FINAL kneading cycle and before the baking cycle commences. I always wear oven mitts when opening the bread machine because it may be hot. Also people should not put their hands inside a bread machine for safety reasons.
  • If you try to substitute garlic powder for the onion powder called for in this recipe, this recipe will not work as well. Garlic inhibits yeast growth and your bread will have trouble rising properly.
  • Italian seasoning is often made from the following herbs; basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. You can find bottles of dried Italian herb seasoning in the supermarket. Or you can concoct your own mixture out of your favorite dried Italian herbs. If you want to learn more about Italian seasoning, you should read this Wikipedia page.
  • If you are growing these herbs at home, you can make your own fresh Italian seasoning. This Italian herb bread will taste even better if you add your own home grown ingredients!
  • Some bakers like to make a little indent on top of the flour (like a crater in the top of a flour volcano) in order to hold the yeast. This will prevent the yeast from falling into the milk & activating prematurely (until the bread machine starts).
  • Do not place the salt on top of the yeast (as the salt can kill the yeast or limit the yeast’s growth) when adding the dry ingredients into the bread pan. You can use the yeast “indent” method (see bullet point above) to keep the salt & yeast separate until the bread machine starts to mix the ingredients. Place the yeast in the indent and place the salt away from the yeast on one of the sides of the bread pan.
  • Do not use cold milk. The main problem with using regular milk is that people tend to use cold refrigerated milk and this can slow the yeast growth. Try to use warm milk (or instant powdered milk mixed into warm water). However, you should also be aware that the milk/water should not be too hot because very hot milk/water can kill the yeast.
  • If you liked this Italian dish, you should also try our recipes for pizza, calzones, Italian bread, breadsticks, etc.
  • If you have a problem with a bread machine recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using right bread machine settings), using the correct amount of an ingredient (i.e. accidentally adding a teaspoon when a tablespoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. bread machine yeast versus regular yeast or bread flour versus all purpose flour), etc. Don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • If you start substituting ingredients (i.e. different types of flour), you are experimenting and should not expect similar results to the recipe shown above. You can expect some successes but more potential disappointments when you start to experiment with recipes.
  • Be aware that some bread recipes may differ slightly between different types of bread machines. Therefore, please read your bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions for basic bread recipes (i.e. white bread or whole wheat bread) as these are more likely to work on your individual bread machine.
  • If you haven’t used your bread machine in a long time, please buy some new bread machine yeast before making your bread. Old yeast can die or lose its potency and this will lead to bread that does not rise properly. Bread machine yeast may not be viable if it has been sitting in your pantry for years.
  • You can visit our Instructional Videos section if you want to watch videos in order to learn about common bread machine problems & solutions, how to score bread, etc.
  • Always wear oven mitts/gloves when dealing with a bread machine. The bread pan and the rest of the bread machine can get very hot during the baking process. This means that the bread pan and bread machine is likely to be very hot when you attempt to remove a baked good from the bread machine and/or bread pan.
  • For more easy bread machine recipes (i.e. white bread, banana bread, pizza dough, cornbread, whole wheat bread, etc.), please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section.

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Bread Machine - Italian Herb Bread

This bread machine Italian herb bread creates a great tasting Italian-style sandwich bread. It is perfect for Italian-themed sandwiches such as chicken parmesan sandwiches, porchetta sandwiches, meatball sandwiches and mozzarella, tomato & basil sandwiches (also known as Caprese sandwiches). This Italian herb bread machine recipe creates a 2 lb bread loaf.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Keyword: bread machine italian herb bread, italian herb bread, italian herb bread machine, italian herb bread machine recipe, italian herb bread recipe, italian seasoning bread, italian seasoning bread machine
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk (lukewarm)
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter (sliced & softened)
  • 4 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Bread Machine Yeast

Instructions

  • Bread Machine settings – 2 pound loaf, light color and “basic” bread setting
  •  Make sure the bread machine is unplugged and remove the bread pan from the bread machine.
  • Pour the milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients (including the Italian herb seasoning). Place the bread machine yeast in last and the yeast should not touch the liquid (until the bread machine is turned on and the ingredients start to be mixed together).
  • Place the bread pan back in the bread machine and plug in the bread machine.
  • Enter the correct settings into your bread machine (i.e. 2 lb, light color & basic setting) and press the "start" button.
  • After the bread machine has finished baking the bread, unplug the bread machine. Remove the bread from the bread pan and place it on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread pan from the bread machine as it will be very hot!
  • In our Sunbeam bread machine, the baking takes about 3 hours for a 2 pound bread at the light color & basic bread settings. However, some machines can differ and you don’t want to be away from home when the bread machine “finished” alarm goes off! Your bread machine should show you the length of the baking time after you have entered the settings into the machine. This will allow you to know when to be in the kitchen in order to remove the bread.

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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