BASIC ITALIAN BREAD

 

  • Cooking Time: 16 to 20
  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Preparation Time: 90 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. warm water (110 degrees give or take)
  • 1 pkg. or 2 ¼ t. yeast (not rapid rise)
  • 1 t. honey
  • 2 to 3 c. bread flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3 T. olive oil, divided
  • cornmeal for dusting

Directions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast and honey. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add 2 c. flour, salt and 1 T. olive oil and mix using the paddle attachment.
  • Switch over to the hook attachment and add enough of the remaining bread flour to the dough until it no longer sticks to the side of the bowl.
  • Knead dough for 8 min.
  • In a large bowl, add 1 T. olive oil to grease the bowl. Add dough and put remaining oil of the top of the dough and smooth it over the top. Cover with a clean dish towel.
  • Place dough in a warm place to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Punch down and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone inside.
  • Form dough into a loaf about a foot long. Place on a pizza peel dusted with cornmeal. Using a sharp knife, cut several slits in the top of the dough to let steam escape.
  • With the pizza peel, slide the loaf onto the stone in the oven.
  • Bake for 16 to 20 minutes until the bread is a delicious, golden brown. Remove bread from the oven with the pizza peel.
  • Wait at least 15 min. before slicing it.

Notes

I got the original recipe from a magazine but modified it to my taste. I make this bread at least once a month.

Categories: Bread 

Author Credit: Southern Living

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