Italian Bread Recipe

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Submitted by terricontrary

Makes 24 servings



Easy Italian bread recipe (makes 2 loaves)

Recipe Ingredients for Italian Bread

2 pkg. active dry yeast
2 cups of warm water
1 tbl salt
5 cups of all-purpose flour

Recipe Directions for Italian Bread

  1. Soften yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water (110 degrees F)

  2. Let yeast stand for at around 10 to 15 minutes until yeast is foamy.

  3. Meanwhile put 1 and 3/4 of cup of warm water and the salt in a large bowl.

  4. Blend in 3 cups of sifted flour.

  5. Add softened yeast to flour water mixture and mix well.

  6. Add about 1 half of the remaining flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

  7. Mix in a little more flour to make a soft dough.

  8. Through the dough on a floured surface and let it sit for around 10 minutes.

  9. To knead the dough use the heels of your hands and gently push the dough away from you.

  10. Fold the dough and repeat continuously for about 5 to 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

  11. Sprinkle a very little amount of flour on the dough if it becomes to sticky to handle.

  12. Shape the dough into a smooth ball and place in a large greased bowl. Just dab some olive or vegetable oil on a paper towel and grease the entire bowl all away to the top.

  13. Turn the dough one to coat with oil.

  14. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for around 2 hours until dough has doubled.

  15. After 2 hours punch down the dough and knead on a lightly floured surface for about 2 minutes.

  16. Cut into two equal balls and cover for another 10 minutes.

  17. Shape the balls into loaves and place on a greased baking sheet.

  18. Cover loaves loosely with a towel and set aside in a warm place until doubled.

  19. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

  20. Bake bread for 10 minutes and reduce the heat to 350 degrees.

  21. Bake 20 to 30 minutes total or until golden brown.

  22. To get the bread nice and crusty, place a flat pan of boiling water at the bottom of the oven during the baking period.

Categories

Breads

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 47.1g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
97
Calories from Fat
3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
0.3g
0%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
292mg
12%
Potassium
40mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates
20.1g
7%
Dietary Fiber
0.8g
3%
Sugars
0.1g
Protein
2.9g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 7%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
95% confidence
B
  Good points
  • No saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in riboflavin
  • High in selenium
  • High in thiamin
  •   Bad points
  • High in sodium
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