How to Make the Best Homemade Italian Bread

Italian Bread Recipe

This recipe is simple, relatively quick and fool-proof. I urge you to try it, as it really is one of the best recipes for Italian bread.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp yeast

1 cup all purpose+ 2 cups bread flour

Directions 

mix the first 5 ingredients until well combined. Add the flour and stir to combine. The dough should be on the wet side. This recipe is not kneaded. Let the dough rise for 2 hours covered. After the dough has risen fold it over itself 3 times. Folding is done by reaching under one side of the dough and bringing it over the other (it will stick to you hands but that's part of the fun). You should have a ball. Let is rise another hour. Fold it again. Repeat and let it rise 1 more hour (all this folding and rising instead of kneading will make a bread that is tender, light, and sturdy). After the last rise place the dough onto a lightly floured counter and gently (not pressing out all the air bubbles) flatten the dough with you finger tips. Now gently roll it into and oblong loaf and squeeze the seam to seal. Place the dough onto a greased baking sheet and let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. While the dough is rising preheat the oven to 375°F and place a pan of water on the floor of the oven. After the dough has risen make diagonal slits across the top with a knife. Bake for 40 min, cool for 30, and enjoy! 

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Comments 2 comments

Mike 5 years ago

Great recipe! thanks!


Alwi 24 months ago

The book sounds very good! Thanks for sraihng something that actually works, saves time, and money. You are awsome for testing a great new for the rest of us.

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