I took a chance on this recipe, using it to make 4 loaves of bread for an Italian-themed dinner the other night for a visiting university choir. The music director is himself Italian so I felt "on trial." I've got to say the loaves turned out beautifully! And the taste was superb. The music director praised the bread. I had to work hard to sneak a half-loaf home to my husband. This recipe goes into my winner file. :o)
Fantastic! I just ditched my previous favorite Italian loaf recipe for this one. For a little extra flavor, after brushing on the egg white, sprinkle some kosher salt over the top of the loaf.
ahhhh! there is nothing like homemade bread, and this was exceptional! Baking in general is a challenge for me, but this was wonderfully straight forward. Mine did not look like ~Nimz~' s beautiful loaf (I just tell people my loaves are rustic!), but the taste more than made up for my poor presentation! Thank You!
Wonderful crunchiness. More dense than expected. But so far a keeper. We had 3 c of flour left over though.
I made this once, it was okay, but after a couple adjustments, it is as good as, if not better than what you buy at your local grocery store. The biggest diff was that I added 1 1/2 tbsp vital wheat gluten when mixing yeast into flour. Second (mostly because I don't have a brush and apply with a fork) I skipped the second egg wash, and just turned the temp on the oven up to 400 to aid in the browning. I also reduced the amount of water to 2 cups to try to give it a little more yeast flavor, and allowed an extra 20-30 min for the final rise before putting it in the oven, to try n make it a little less dense. I also skipped the cornmeal, and baked on greased parchment paper
I just started making bread at home. My first rye and wheat loaves almost needed a chainsaw to get through, so I adjusted the recipe a bit, and the rye was much better the second time. I adjusted the bake time and temp for my oven. BUT with this one I did it according to the recipe, and gosh! It was so pretty coming out of that oven! My husband stood there for a while and asked if maybe he should try it before the company got here;) I'm a bread baker now!! Thank-You!
The kids loved it and that is saying a lot in our case;) Excellent recipe, great result. I made one with sea salt and rosemary on top which I added at the start of baking. Worked out great. I'll try a olive and thyme next. Thanks for this great recipe.
I have tried to make bread in the past, with so/so results. This bread, however, is the BEST I have ever had! It beats restaurant quality! I love it! Will make again and again!
This is by far the best bread recipe I have made so far. Loved it. Thank you for posting.
A 4.5! Excellent! This bread was SO easy to make. I have another bread recipe I use a lot, but it needs a lot of rising time. I didn't have the 6 hrs. total time to bake it and I didn't want to drive all the way into town (especially with gas prices what they!), but I wanted fresh bread for dinner. This was the first recipe that came up and I had all of the needed ingredients. My family LOVED it. I'll definitely make it again!