Avanti's Bread

READY IN: 4hrs 25mins
YIELD: 6 loaves




  • Dissolve yeast in warm water; add remaining ingredients& knead for approximately 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth& elastic.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to bring greased side up.
  • Cover with a cloth& let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until dough has doubled in bulk (1 1/2 to 2 hours).
  • After first rising, punch dough down in bowl& turn over; let rise again until double (30-45 minutes).
  • Cut dough into 5 to 6 portions, each about the size of a grapefruit.
  • Let rise, covered for 10 minutes.
  • Flatten dough, pressing out all the air, and form into long loaves, about 12" long.
  • Place loaves on greased& floured cookie sheets; cover& let rise again (50-60 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Bake loaves for 20-25 minutes, until tops are golden brown& loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.