Hearth Bread

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by Mimi in Maine

This is a "whatever you want" recipe. It will make either two loaves of Italian bread, or four medium pizzas, or eight 6" Pita breads. Or you can do a variety. It is very good. Have fun!

Top Review by Lizzymommy

I can't believe I haven't rated this yet! This is now our go-to recipe for just about ANY bread-like object. Easy, relatively fast, and delicious, you can do anything with it! I pass this recipe out left and right, and I just adore it. Thank you, Mimi in Maine!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups warm water (about 118-120 degrees or wrist warm)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons oil
  • 5 12-6 12 cups flour


  1. Mix warm water, sugar and yeast together to proof (to become frothy).
  2. Add salt and butter or oil.
  3. Add flour to make a good dough.
  4. Knead for 10 minutes.
  5. Put in oiled bowl and let rise till double.
  6. Make either 2 Italian loaves, or pat out your 4 medium pizzas, or 8 6"x1/8" Pitas.
  7. ITALIAN BREAD--Form and rise again till double; slash and bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  8. PIZZA--Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  9. PITAS--Form into 8 6"x1/8" rounds; rise for 15 minutes; bake 500 degrees for l minute on the lowest rack of oven, and 3-7 minutes on a higher rack.
  10. ENJOY!

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