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    Avanti's Sweet Bread

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    40 mins

    20 mins

    20 mins

    Marie Nixon's Note:

    This tastes like the bread from Avanti's Italian restaurant in Bloomington Illinois.

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    1. 1
      Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let sit, undisturbed for about 10 minutes. You should see little bubbles appear. This tells you that the yeast is active.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, salt, sugar and water and yeast mixture together till blended.
    3. 3
      Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
    4. 4
      Knead till smooth and elastic.
    5. 5
      Let rise till doubled, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
    6. 6
      repeat the kneading and rising.
    7. 7
      Punch down.
    8. 8
      Cut dough into 2 pieces.
    9. 9
      Let rise, covered for 10 minutes.
    10. 10
      Shape into 2 oblong loaves, about 14 inches long.
    11. 11
      Place on greased cookie sheets.
    12. 12
      Cover: let rise again, about 50-60 minutes.
    13. 13
      Cut slash down middle of bread or 3 slashes diagonally on top.
    14. 14
      Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 16, 2009


      This recipe is excellent. One small suggestion is to cut into the flour about a Tbl of butter flavored Crisco. Otherwise the bread can be very dry. Once we did this it has been very moist and delicious everytime.

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    • on April 29, 2008


      For those that haven't tried Avanti's Sweet Bread in Bloomington, IL and enjoy breads, do yourself a flavor and stop into Avanti's if you're in their vicinity when you travel. For bread connoisseurs it is certainly worth your visit. This recipe is very similar to their homemade sweet bread. Thank you, Marie for sharing such a great recipe. Your hours of tinkering in your kitchen will certainly make allot of people happy with this recipe post.

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    • on August 15, 2007


      We have an Avanti's here, but we haven't gone very often in the past 2 years, so I can't remember how the bread there tastes. Regardless, this bread is yummy. I have only made it twice and need to work on it more. I don't know how to roll out the dough, but I'm getting better! Friends from church brought this over when we had our last baby, and his bread was phenomenal! He suggested using the KitchenAid stand mixer to knead the dough, and that made it even easier. I will keep working on this until it's as good as the bread that was first given to us.

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    Nutritional Facts for Avanti's Sweet Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 471.5
    Calories from Fat 30
    Total Fat 3.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 46.5 mg
    Sodium 312.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 97.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    Sugars 25.2 g
    Protein 11.9 g

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