Crusty Italian Bread

READY IN: 3hrs 5mins
Recipe by cbgreek

A delicious and crusty bread that has the added convenience of using the dough cycle of a bread machine. Can easily be made by hand- you just need to let the dough rise until doubled before punching it down and proceeding to the shaping and baking stage. Very easy and has that wonderful crust that you usually only find in bakeries!

Top Review by efanema

This isn't a review, rather a comment. One person used Splenda for the sugar. Yeast needs sugar to feed upon in order to rise. When I use my KitchenAid to make bread, I add the flower a little at a time to see how goes in. Once the dough is no longer pooled at the bottom, and the sides of the bowl are clean, then the dough should be ready. I do think I am going to try this recipe though.

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Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Put hot water, salt and sugar into bottom of bread machine pan. Sprinkle flour on top of water. Make a well in the flour and fill with the yeast. Start dough cycle on machine.
  2. When dough cycle is complete, turn dough out onto a floured surface and kneed lightly. Shape into a round loaf and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or very lightly greased. (Do not use a dark non-stick pan- it will cause the bread to become too dark on the bottom).
  3. Mix together the cornstarch and water and brush onto the top of the bread. Using a shrap knife or razor slash an "X " onto the top of the loaf. You can sprinkle the top with sesame seeds if you like.
  4. On the LOWEST rack of the oven place an oven safe baking dish (such as a 9x13" pan) and fill 2/3 full with very hot water. Place baking sheet with bread on the MIDDLE rack. Turn the oven on to 400'. The bread will rise as the oven heats. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until bottom of loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

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