29 Reviews

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)

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Chef MrsPi April 14, 2014

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.

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mountain_matt April 05, 2011

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!

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sugarplum fairy October 11, 2008

Wonderful crunchiness. More dense than expected. But so far a keeper. We had 3 c of flour left over though.

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Joan B. January 27, 2016

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

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devin l. July 30, 2015

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!

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supermailbag February 10, 2015

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.

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DutchFoodie September 29, 2012

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!

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MattyRoland83 September 11, 2012

This is by far the best bread recipe I have made so far. Loved it. Thank you for posting.

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chargirl December 20, 2011

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!

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hgalish April 20, 2011
Homemade Italian Bread