Italian Bread

"No fat and sooo tasty!"
photo by Mizzy photo by Mizzy
photo by Mizzy
photo by Mizzy photo by Mizzy
Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




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

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  1. Mizzy
    i picked this recipe because of its simplicity, and it's a winner. the crust is crunchy and the center is soft and chewy, the perfect consistency. plus the instructions could not be easier to follow. thanks for posting!
  2. Shannon13
    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!
  3. Laudee
    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
  4. jody notarianni
    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.
  5. Missy Wombat
    This recipe proved to be very wet and I had to add at least 2 extra cups of flour to get i to an accepable consistency. Otherwise the recipe worked well.


  1. Suzie_Q
    This was so good! I halved the recipe and got one really nice big oval loaf. I didn't have anything to spray water on it with so I just put a pan on the bottom rack and filled it with boiling water instead. The bread is so lovely, just the right amount of crispy crust and the inside is so soft and light. I will be making this one a lot! Thanks for the recipe.
  2. meebsmom
    WOW!!! What a fantastic dough! I added a half cup of olive tapenade to one of the loaves...MMMMM! I also rounded the loaves and spritzed with olive oil instead of water! Thanks!!!


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