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Italian seasoned bread is a delicious yeast bread recipe that is then seasoned with Italian seasoning and baked to golden perfection.
If you are a bread lover like I am, you won’t want to pass up this incredible recipe!
Italian Seasoned Bread
Skip buying at the store and make a homemade Italian bread that will wow your family and friends.
Italian bread goes great with pasta dishes, use to dip in soups, and so much more. I love just adding a slather of butter and eating it alone. You can’t go wrong with an easy bread like this. Also, be sure to check out my potato rolls and Irish soda bread as well.
What Do I Need To Make Italian Seasoned Bread?
Chances are you already have all of the ingredients on hand to make this delicious bread recipe.
Here is what you will need:
- all-purpose flour
- Italian seasoning
Variations & Tips For Italian Bread
- Add more Italian seasoning into the bread dough to help elevate the flavor.
- Consider the last few minutes of baking to sprinkle on some cheese like parmesan for added flavor.
- You can double this recipe if you want to make bread for a crowd, or freeze a loaf for later.
- Experiment with the seasoning if you want to swap up the flavor components of this bread.
- Swap all-purpose flour with bread flour for a chewier texture of the bread.
- Make sure to work with the dough and not over mix or add too much flour or it will make denser or crumbly bread.
- The warm water needs to be around 105 F. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and your bread won’t rise.
How to Make Italian Seasoned Bread
Start by combining your flour, sugar, salt, and instant yeast. Pour your water and egg into a well in the center of the bread. Stir until you create a dough.
Next, knead the dough until forms a soft wet ball and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Add more flour if needed to achieve the proper texture.
Allow the dough to rise covered in a greased bowl for 2 hours.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down, and roll it into a log. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover again and let rise another hour and a half.
Your bread will double in size as you see here. If you need to you can reshape it a bit–or leave it as is.
Season your bread with the Italian seasoning as directed in the recipe card below. This is going to give your bread nice flour. If you want you can change up the flavor here.
Next, you will bake and then slice up warm fresh bread that is bursting with flavor.
Serve with butter (we love this easy homemade butter) and enjoy.
This Italian bread is pretty simple to make and boy is it worth the wait!
What To Serve With Italian Seasoned Bread
Essentially this bread goes with everything!
Storing And Freezing
This bread is best when served fresh, as the longer it sits it can dry out a bit. That said, you can store your bread in an airtight container on the counter for a few days. Just make sure to place bread in the container once the bread is fully cooled to prevent condensation.
For freezing, allow the bread to cool fully then freeze for up to 3-4 months. Thaw on the counter and slice and serve! Or wrap in aluminum foil and reheat in the oven for a fresh just out of the oven flavor.
Italian Seasoned Bread
- 2-5 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons butter softened at room temperature, plus additional for brushing
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, salt, and instant yeast. Stir well to combine dry ingredients and then make a well in the center. Pour the warm water into the well and add the butter and egg. Stir well to combine and form a soft dough.
- Knead the dough by hand until it appears elastic and forms a soft well ball that pulls away from the sides of the bowl, adding up to one cup more flour as needed. (Note: This is a stickier dough - it will not form the same cohesive ball as a harder, proofed dough. Avoid the temptation to add more than 3 cups of flour.)
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm area of your kitchen to rise for 2 hours.
- Once the dough has risen, grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down the dough and form the dough into a log. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place the plastic wrap and kitchen towel back over the dough and allow to rise again for 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Brush the risen dough with melted butter and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on top and cooked through. Brush with additional butter while still warm. Slice and enjoy.