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slices of soft and fluffy Italian bread
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Super Soft Italian Bread

A very soft and tender Italian bread topped with sesame seeds.  Perfect to serve with a pasta dinner. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
rising time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: bread
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: sesame seed Italian bread. braided Italian loaf, soft Italian bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


For the bread dough:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon dry powdered milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

For topping the dough:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Add all ingredients to a bowl or bread machine bucket, and knead until very smooth.  The dough should completely clear the sides of the bowl, and not seem wet or sticky.  Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
  • Divide risen dough into two or three equal pieces (depending on whether you are making baguettes or braids) and roll gently into 10 inch logs.  Allow them to rest, covered in greased plastic wrap, about 15 minutes or so.  This will make them easier to work with.
  • Pull them out a bit longer, to about 18 inches long.  Then begin your braid, or simply shape your loaves.
  • Place the loaf on a baking sheet either prepared with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray.  Brush the loaf with the beaten egg.  Sprinkle sesame seeds on top, pressing to help them stick.
  • Cover the loaf with greased plastic wrap and allow to rise 30-60 minutes.  Keep an eye on the loaf, as the pattern will be ruined if it over-rises.  Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes for baguettes, or 30 minutes for the braid..
  • Cool on a wire rack before slicing.



Be sure not to undertake- the loaves will appear very brown because of the egg wash, which can be deceptive.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg