Italian Country Bread Mix

See how to make Roasted Garlic Bread with this loaf

Make authentic Italian artisan bread in your bread machine or your oven! Use your bread machine or your oven. It's made with a pre-ferment just like the village baker.  That's what gives it that country Italian taste. You can load it in your bread machine and push a button. You can...
Italian Country

Make authentic Italian artisan bread in your bread machine or your oven!

Use your bread machine or your oven.

It's made with a pre-ferment just like the village baker.  That's what gives it that country Italian taste.

You can load it in your bread machine and push a button. You can set your bread machine to the "dough" setting and bake the bread in a pan or on a baking sheet.  Or, you can use your stand-type mixer. Easy. Authentic.

Italian Country Bread is a soft artisan bread with an authentic chewy crust. It's made with a pre-ferment that gives it just a touch of country sour, the same pre-ferment used in ciabatta bread. It's reminiscent of French bread but with a softer, moister texture. It makes a unique sandwich bread, perfect for toasting or dipping in olive oil.

How to Make Roasted Garlic Bread with Your Italian Loaf

Get a garlic baker to roast garlic like a chef.

Garlic bread should be crisp and buttery–not soggy and not harsh but with a nice, nut-like garlic flavor without being too overpowering.  This bread meets those criteria. The roasted garlic gives your garlic bread a pleasant nutty-garlic taste that is much milder than using raw garlic.

  • 8 to 10 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb loaf French or Italian bread
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Set out a cookie sheet.

  1. Squeeze the roasted garlic from its outer wrappings into a small bowl. Mash with a fork or use a garlic press.
  2. Blend the butter, parsley, parmesan cheese, and garlic together to make a paste.
  3. Slice the bread horizontally and divide the paste in half. Spread each half with the garlic mixture.
  4. Bake on the cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes or until crispy.

Baker’s note: If you are using raw garlic, you will want to reduce the amount used. Raw garlic may be up to four times as strong. Roasted garlic is much mellower tasting.

Italian Country

Makes a large loaf

  • Makes 1 large loaf - Makes perfect bread in 2-pound bread machines--or in the oven.
  • SAF yeast packet included!
  • Directions and tips for perfect bread are included. You can make this bread in your bread machine, by hand, or with a stand-type mixer.
  • See the "Suggested Uses" tab above to learn how to make an Artisan bread loaf.

Directions for use in the oven

  1. Place the mix in your stand-type mixer along with the yeast and melted butter or oil (if called for on package directions). Add water. Use 110°F water instead of 80°F!
  2. With the dough hook, mix slowly until the dough ball forms. Turn the speed to medium high and mix for five to ten minutes until the gluten forms and the dough becomes stretchy and elastic.
  3. Place the dough in a large greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about one hour, depending on room temperature.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Turn the dough onto a lightly greased or floured work area and form your loaf. Place your dough in a 9 x 5-inch pan or other pan and let rise until the size has doubled and bubbles are about to surface.
  5. When the bread has raised, place the loaf on the center rack of the oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until the bread is done. The internal temperature should reach 190°F. Remove the loaf from the pan and let it cool slightly before slicing.

NOTE: If you make this bread in your bread machine, water temperature is critical. Please use a thermometer to measure water at 80 degrees and we'll guarantee the bread. If you are baking the bread in the oven, use water that is 110°F.

Customer Reviews

Based on 53 reviews
Benjamin Uticone
The Best!

The Italian Country Bread Mix is one of several of our favorite Prepared Pantry bread mixes. The flavor reminds us of the Italian bread we used to get at our local bakery every Sunday morning when we were kids! What a treat. Easy to make, easier to eat and enjoy.

Cristina LeBarron

Italian Country Bread Mix

Stephen Horvath

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Ella Kelly

This is our favorite

Sheryl Black

Great company. Great bread!!! Delicious!!

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Artisan Bread Instructions

This artisan bread looks like ciabatta bread, but it isn't. It doesn't have a labyrinth of big open holes like ciabatta, but it does have an open crumb, a fantastic chewy crust, and a country sour taste.

You'll amaze your family and friends with this simple bread.


  • Mix the bread according to package instructions using the dough setting. The cycle is 1 1/2 hours in most machines. Let the dough set in the machine for another 30 minutes while it rises.
  • Line an 11x17-baking sheet with parchment paper. Put a heavy dusting of flour on the parchment paper.
  • Lightly dust your countertop with flour. Dump the dough onto the countertop and pat and pull the dough into a flat, rough log 5 inches wide by about 18 inches in length.
  • Cut the log horizontally into two pieces to make two loaves. Place each loaf on the prepared sheet pan to rise. Place the pan in a proofing bag or cover it with plastic.
  • Let the bread rise for one to 1 1/2 hours at room temperature until it triples in size. (If your kitchen is cool, consider setting the bagged dough in front of the window to pick up a little solar heat.)
  • Twenty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 425F. If you have a baking stone, place that in the oven to heat.
  • When you're ready to bake, generously dust the loaves with flour with a flour shaker and sprinkle or mist some water on the bread. Place the baking sheet with the loaves in the oven. (If you are using a baking stone, slide the loaves onto the stone.) Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust turns a deep golden brown.
  • Turn the oven off, prop the door open about five inches and let the bread cool for at least 15 minutes.

Baker's Note: You can use your stand-type mixer if you don't have a bread machine. Use your dough hook and knead the bread for at least ten minutes at medium-high speed. The dough will be sticky. Cover and let it rise for at least an hour. Then put the dough on the counter and proceed from there.

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