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~Bread Machine Herbed-Pizza-Dough Sandwich Loaf~

IMG_5007Can your favorite pizza dough be turned into a loaf of bread?  I have no idea -- it's your recipe. With certainty, I can tell you:  my slightly-adjusted Sicilian-style pizza dough recipe can be turned into an amazing loaf of savory, slightly-firm-textured bread, and, what's more, I let the bread machine do all the work for me.  Imagine the ingredients for your favorite submarine- hoagie-type sandwich piled high between two slices of herbed-pizza-bread, or, an herbed-pizza-bread grilled cheese or panini, or, crispy herbed-pizza-bread croutons tossed into your favorite chef's salad.

Put all ingredients in pan & let the machine do the work.

IMG_5044Walk away & come up with a sandwich plan or two.

6a0120a8551282970b01b8d2d7ca6f970cFor the dough:

1 1/2  cups warm water

2  tablespoons olive oil

4 1/2  cups all-purpose flour

2  teaspoons sea salt

2  teaspoons sugar

1  teaspoon each:  garlic powder, Italian seasoning blend and coarse-grind black pepper

1  packet granulated dry yeast

Check the instruction manual on YOUR machine before proceeding.

IMG_4990Step 1.  To prepare the dough, place all ingredients in pan of bread machine in the order listed, except for the yeast.  Using your index finger, make a small indentation ("a well") on top of the dry ingredients, but not so deep that it reaches the wet layer.  Place the yeast into the indentation.  It is important to keep the dry yeast away from the wet ingredients until it is time for the machine to knead them together, because the liquid ingredients will prematurely activate the yeast.

IMG_5001~ Step 2.  Insert bread pan into bread machine and press down until it is "clicked" securely into place.  Close the lid and plug the machine in.  Press "select" choose "white bread".  Press the "loaf size" button to select "2-pound loaf".  Press the "crust control" button and select "light crust".  Press "start".  Depending on the make and model of your bread machine, you will have a 2-pound, fully-baked loaf of herbed-pizza-dough bread ready and waiting for you in 3 hours.

IMG_4204~ Step 3.  Walk away.  Do not lift the lid to check in on the kneading, rising or baking process.  Don't do it.

When bread machine signals the bread is done, carefully open the lid.  Using a pot holder, remove the bread pan from the machine by using the handle to lift it up and out.  Turn the bread pan at about a 30-45 degree angle and gently shake/slide the loaf out onto its side.  Turn the loaf upright and place it on a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 

IMG_4208Note:  If the kneading paddle (which is steaming hot) happens to remain in the loaf after you've removed the loaf from the pan, unless you have a pair of culinary tweezers, completely cool the loaf before removing it.

~ Step 4.  This is a photo of a 2-pound loaf taken the moment it has been removed from the bread machine.  At first glimpse it's a bit overwhelming, but I assure you, you're going to fall in love with this bread.  Once cooled, which takes about 3 hours:  Starting at the top, slice the loaf in half, to form 2 smaller, 1-pound loaves.  Two for one:  eat one, freeze one for later.

Because a sandwich is only as good as the bread:

IMG_5015Be all that you can be.  Be a sandwich-making hero(ine)...

IMG_5057... or a salad-composing, crouton-topped king or queen:

IMG_5213Bread Machine Herbed-Pizza-Dough Sandwich Loaf:  Recipe yields 1, 2-pound loaf bread, which is equivalent to 2, 1-pound sandwich loaves.

Special Equipment List:  bread machine; pot holder or oven mitt; wire cooling rack

IMG_4335 IMG_4127Cook's Note: More fun news. After using the bread machine to knead my herbed pizza  dough recipe (which only takes 55 minutes), you can use the dough to make ~ Baked-in-Muffin-Tin Slider-Size Pizza Dough Rolls ~ to make my  ~ Super Sausage-Pizza Sliders on Pizza Dough Rolls ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2018)


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