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2 hrs 30 mins
Excellent as loaves or buns; this bread has integrity! Crusty on the outside and tender on the inside. Wonderful as a sliced bread to serve with spaghetti or as buns that will hold your sloppy juicy sandwich or burger together.
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- 1Sift out 4 cups of flour onto middle of table or work space.
- 2Put yeast, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, salt, and 1 cup of the flour into a medium bowl and whisk until well blended.
- 3Add the warm (110° - 115°) water, mix well, and let rest for 10 minutes.
- 4Lightly oil (olive oil, maybe 1 teaspoon or less) another medium bowl (one that is heavy and holds heat).
- 5When yeast is bubbly and smells yeasty, add 2 more cups of flour.
- 6Mix until flour is incorporated, then add the olive oil.
- 7Turn out of bowl onto flour on the table and knead for 10 minutes.
- 8Place dough in oiled bowl turning over to coat all surfaces.
- 9Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot (I put mine in an unlit oven with the light on) to rise, about 45 minutes.
- 10Spray cooking spray on 2 medium cookie sheets and set aside.
- 11When dough has about doubled, punch down and make into desired shapes.
- 12To make loaves, divide into 2 portions. flatten into rectangle about 4" x 12", folding the 12" sides toward the center and pinch together, also pinch the ends. sprinkle cornmeal on pans and place pinched seam down.
- 13Sprinkle more cornmeal on top and sides of loaves and cover gently with plastic wrap then place a light towel on top (to keep them cozy warm).
- 14To make buns, divide dough into 8 portions and pinch into round shapes, putting the pinched side down, in the same manner with the loaves. (The tension created by pinching, or sealing any open seams allows the bread to rise instead of just spreading sideways like a blob.).
- 15Let rise again for another 45 minutes.
- 16During this time, I check to make sure the bread is not sticking to the plastic, adding more cornmeal, if it is. Even if the bread sticks and falls as you pull the plastic away, it does no great damage, the bread just looks ugly, (tastes fine).
- 17Put the bottom of your broiler pan in the bottom of the oven and heat the oven to 425°. (make sure that the pan is very close to the oven door.).
- 18When temp is reached, put bread into oven (back a little from the door), pour 2 cups cold water into broiler pan, and turn temp down to 400°.
- 19Bake 20-30 minutes. I usually check after 20 minutes and give more time as needed.
- 20I brush off all the excess cornmeal and slice the buns before they get too cool.
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Nutritional Facts for Italian Bread
Serving Size: 1 (84 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 253.9
- Calories from Fat 21
- Total Fat 2.4 g
- Saturated Fat 0.3 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 294.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 49.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
- Sugars 1.2 g
- Protein 7.0 g