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Italian Sweet Bread

This golden brown bread offers satisfying sweetness in every slice. The hearty round loaves rise well and cut beautifully. With an egg wash and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning, the bread looks pretty, too. —Kim Ooms, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Italian seasoning, optional


  • In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • When the cycle is completed, turn dough onto a floured surface. Divide in half. Shape each portion into a ball; flatten slightly. Place in two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Beat egg and water; brush over the dough. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning if desired.Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note
We recommend you do not use a bread machine's time-delay feature for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 87 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Paulette
    Feb 19, 2021

    This is an excellent, easy bread recipe! It makes delicious bread loaves and buns. My family (ranging in age from 70 to 7), raves about it between bites! The only thing I do differently is to brush the top with olive oil as opposed to the egg wash. Comes out perfect every time!

  • Leah
    Feb 13, 2021

    This bread is sooooo delicious. I made it to take to our friends house for dinner and four of us ate both loaves!! I followed the recipe exactly but I used 2 cups all purpose flour and 1 cup bread flour and I did add some kosher salt before baking as well as the Italian seasoning and it was the perfect salty/sweet combination! I also tried to get fancy and braid one of the loaves and it turned out great. I had to bake it for a longer period of time but it was worth it! Thank you for this recipe!!! It is saved and I will be making it again soon!!

  • Manuela
    Jan 12, 2021

    This bread is SO good and easy!

  • mstfd
    Jul 3, 2018

    Very easy, smells and tastes wonderful! I adapted it for use without a bread machine, since I don't have one. Beautiful, dense and the family loved it. I topped it with Kosher salt instead of Italian seasonings-but I'm sure its great with those too!

  • germanycook
    Feb 3, 2016

    OOOOH yummy scrummy and delicious! This was easy and tastes just perfect, a bit sweet and a bit salty, I topped it with crushed kosher salt before baking. Can't wait to eat another slice :)

  • windella7799
    Jan 3, 2015

    Can this bread be made by hand? I don't use a bread maker.

  • joniotto
    Apr 29, 2014

    This is one of my family's favorite bread machine recipes. I follow the recipe as written, but always add a bit of kosher salt to the Italian seasoning that I sprinkle on top before baking. This gives it a salty-sweet taste that we really enjoy. For those having issues with the recipe, it may help to use whole milk or a mix of half-and-half and milk. I've done this and noticed that the bread is a bit more dense. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Asthmatic911
    Feb 2, 2014

    My whole family loves this recipe, I make it both as oven baked long loaves as well as using my bread machine to cook it. I use it for sandwiches, garlic toast, French toast, as well as for dips & soup as well-it's delicious in every way!!

  • Valerieoh
    Nov 20, 2013

    Love this! I noticed some people have had problems with this recipe. I can tell you mine comes out perfectly every time, but I don't use a bread machine so maybe that's the difference. This bread freezes very well, too.

  • Ricetti02
    Nov 4, 2013

    I have been making this bread for a few years now and we love it! I use regular bread loaf pans instead of the round pans and it turns out perfect every time!