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    Italian Bread

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    2 hrs 30 mins

    2 hrs

    30 mins

    Aroostook's Note:

    No fat and sooo tasty!

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    1. 1
      Dissolve the sugar in the water, then sprinkle in the yeast, stir an wait 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add the salt and 4 cups of flour and beat for three minutes.
    3. 3
      Add in 2-3 more cups of flour, stir or knead.
    4. 4
      Add more flour until you have enough to make a good stiff dough.
    5. 5
      Knead until smooth and soft.
    6. 6
      Grease a good sized bowl and turn the bread over in it, lightly greasing all sides.
    7. 7
      Cover with plastic wrap.
    8. 8
      Rise until doubled in a warm place.
    9. 9
      Punch down and divide into three parts.
    10. 10
      Knead each, return to bowl, cover again and let rise.
    11. 11
      When doubled, pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
    12. 12
      Knead gently and shape the dough into three oblong shapes.
    13. 13
      Place on a large, lightly greased baking sheet which has been sprinkled with corn meal Cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled.
    14. 14
      Just before baking, score bread with a sharp knife very lightly down the middle then mist bread with water.
    15. 15
      Turn the bread and mist every 5 minutes.
    16. 16
      Bake 20 min or so or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 22, 2004


      Great recipe can be adapted for different purposes. Don't mist bread and you get a thick crunchy crust great for dipping or mist and get a thin crisp crust for sandwiches. I added different amounts of flour each time I made the dough. Now I just go by feel, it's generally 7-9 cups. Thank you so much for posting this!

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    • on November 23, 2003


      Barb, this bread is excellent...I got 3 good sized loaves, and one small loaf (for mom)...Nothin' to mixing up and baking...The dough is great to work with...I didn't spritz the loaves, but, they turned out fine anyway! I posted my recipe for you...I'll be making yours from now on, thanks! Laudee

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    • on November 07, 2003


      this is wonderful, just what i was looking for. so light, such a wonderful texture, not too crunchy or too soft. i did omit spraying the water on them, and i have no regrets, however, when i get a sprayer maybe i'll try it. the amount of flour is accurate i used 8 cups. i have made this 2x, the first time with all purpose flour and it came out very good. the 2nd time i made it i used king arthur bread flour, i was very extrmely pleased with the results. i can't wait to use this dough for my next pizza.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (71 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 21

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 132.0
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 333.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 27.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 0.2 g
    Protein 3.9 g

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