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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

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

I had left over turkey from last night and wanted to make turkey salad, well the only way to eat it is on romaine on homemade bread. I was tired of the regular white bread recipes.. So when I saw this I tried it and I AM SO GLAD I DID! This was easy to do, put it together while doing homework, and the bread came out great! My first loaf looks a little funny, my rolling technique lol but it was really good would suggest to anyone! thank you for posting this Mystery Girl!

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WyomingMoonDust February 18, 2011

I made this bread today, it was my first time ever making homemade bread. Instead of putting it in a pan I baked it in a glass bowl so it was round like boule bread. After it cooled I cut the top off,took the bread out of the center & filled it with dill dip and took the remaining bread and put it around the bread to dip. Absoulutly delicious! Everyone raved how great it tasted with such little ingredients. I didn't use a bread mixer either, I did it all by hand. Feeling quite proud right now! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe ;)

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Tina13601 October 26, 2010
Homemade Italian Bread