Avanti's Bread

Total Time
4hrs 25mins
Prep
4 hrs
Cook
25 mins

A famous restaurant here in Peoria serves a submarine-style sandwich on this bread, called a "Gondola" (sliced salami, ham, American cheese, lettuce & tomato). This bread is on the sweet side, and is also good served on the side with any Italian dish, from spagetti to lasagna & everything in between.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water; add remaining ingredients& knead for approximately 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth& elastic.
  2. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to bring greased side up.
  3. Cover with a cloth& let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until dough has doubled in bulk (1 1/2 to 2 hours).
  4. After first rising, punch dough down in bowl& turn over; let rise again until double (30-45 minutes).
  5. Cut dough into 5 to 6 portions, each about the size of a grapefruit.
  6. Let rise, covered for 10 minutes.
  7. Flatten dough, pressing out all the air, and form into long loaves, about 12" long.
  8. Place loaves on greased& floured cookie sheets; cover& let rise again (50-60 minutes).
  9. Preheat oven to 350F.
  10. Bake loaves for 20-25 minutes, until tops are golden brown& loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.