Fluffy Italian Bread

"I found this recipe in Taste of Home Magazine, recipe by Elsie Palmer. I just received my first KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas and couldn't wait to try it on making bread dough and decided to try this recipe, although I only made half, one loaf. Times don't include rising and cooling times."
 
Fluffy Italian Bread created by Dreamer in Ontario
Ready In:
50mins
Ingredients:
5
Yields:
2 loaves
Serves:
12
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ingredients

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directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place each loaf seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across top of each loaf.
  • Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

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  1. Mel T.
    Fluffy Italian Bread Created by Mel T.
  2. leslie w.
    My family never likes when I try new recipes but loved this one after many other recipe attempts. I would take a picture but my family just ate both loaves in an hour. And yes, they ate prior today. It really is a great recipe and worth trying.
     
  3. Leah3138
    Officially my favorite bread recipe! Easiest ingredients and easiest recipe to follow - I even added cornmeal on the bottom and an egg wash on top like the reviews suggested, and it is SO good! Definitely making this as often as I can from now on.
     
  4. Baby Kato
    Fluffy Italian Bread Created by Baby Kato
  5. Baby Kato
    First I must say, beautiful, tender, flavorful chewy bread, my friend. We loved it. I made 1/3 the recipe. I didn't have enough yeast to make more. What a great recipe, this is, even with my scaling down the recipe, the bread was amazing and tasted great. It was a lovely addition to our last Italian meal. Can't wait to make this again. Made for Culinary Quest 2014 for the Suitcase Gourmets.
     

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