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    Italian Peasant Bread

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    4 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    4 hrs

    Mimi in Maine's Note:

    This is one of my granddaughter's favorite. It is wonderful fresh from the oven and served with spaghetti or with a hearty soup (see some of my soups). Slather it with butter for a high calorie treat. It smells soooo good baking. The best part is you don't have to shape the loaves. Just mold them and put them on a baking sheet free form. If they look irregular that is O.K.

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    1. 1
      Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
    2. 2
      Add the 4 cups flour (this can be done by hand and mixed well or in the mixer using a bread hook).
    3. 3
      Add the salt water and the extra flour.
    4. 4
      Knead for 15 minutes, or if you are using a bread hook, beat for 5 minutes.
    5. 5
      If you need it a little bit more elastic, add a few drops of water.
    6. 6
      Place dough on a slightly floured counter and cover with a large bowl.
    7. 7
      Rise 1-2 hours till double; punch down and rise again for 1 1/2 hours.
    8. 8
      Punch down and mold into 2-3 loaves--DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE SHAPE.
    9. 9
      Place on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
    10. 10
      Rise again.
    11. 11
      Bake in upper third of your oven--putting a small pan of water on the bottom of the oven for a good crust (you can do this without the water too).
    12. 12
      Bake 425-450 degree oven for 25 minutes.
    13. 13
      Watch and if it is getting too brown, cover them with foil.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 06, 2011


      We just made this bread. I followed directions as written. It was delicious! I will be making this again. Thank you, Mimi in Maine!

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    • on December 09, 2005


      this is a very nice and easy bread recipe. I haled the ingredients and made one long loaf. The only thing i would change is add more liquid. This is one of the few bread recipes i've tried that calls for too much flour.

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Peasant Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (1439 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1517.7
    Calories from Fat 44
    Total Fat 4.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1185.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 314.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.2 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 46.8 g

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