Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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.

McRobin October 16, 2009

This is a favorite in our family. Love the slight sweetness.

iris5555 July 17, 2014

I grew up eating Avanti's in Peoria, IL, the town of my parents and grandparents birth. I made this recipe for the first time this Thanksgiving and both my mom and I agree that it tasted exactly as we remember. It was an edible, joyous reminder of home now that we live halfway across the country.

Jodi C. November 25, 2016

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