Thursday, June 28, 2012

Easy Italian Bread

Ah, there's nothing quite like the smell of fresh baked bread.

And there's nothing quite like how easy this fantastic bread is!

These soft, sturdy, mouth-watering loaves are perfect as a compliment to almost any dinner and would also be a great option for bruschetta or french toast and yet- here's the best part- from start to finish they only take about an hour and half. How great is that? Only six ingredients and two gorgeous loaves of bread in no time flat.

What are you waiting for?

Easy Italian Bread
makes 2 large loaves (approx. 15"x6")

2 pkg. fast rising dry yeast (or 4 1/2 tsp)
2 TB sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
4 1/4-4 3/4 cups flour, divided
1 3/4 cups warm water (about 130 degrees F)
2 TB vegetable oil

In the large bowl of a mixer, place yeast, sugar, salt and two cups of flour. Mix with regular beater to blend and add the water and oil. Mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. 

Insert dough hook and beat for another 6.5 min., adding flour as needed to keep dough from being sticky.
Place dough on a floured surface, cover with a cloth, and let rest for 10 min.

Punch down dough and form into two long, narrow loaves. 

Place loaves on greased pan, cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 min.
Preheat oven to 375.
Before placing the loaves in the oven, moisten your fingers and gently spread water over the top of the loaves. Cut three slashes in the top of each loaf with a serrated knife.

Place loaves in oven and bake for approx. 25 min. or until risen and golden brown.

1 comment:

  1. I was planning on making bread in the next few weeks and now I can't :( But I will be trying this one out :)


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