Neapolitan Style Homemade Bread

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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Sprinkle yeast and sugar into 4 cups of warm water.
  • Pour 5 lbs of flour into a 12-14 quart pot.
  • When yeast bubbles up, add to flour with 3 additional cups of water, mixing in flour with a kneading motion.
  • If a little sticky, add additional flour, 1/2 cup at a time.
  • After completely kneaded into a dough, rub entire dough with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Set in a warm place to rise, covered, for 2- 2 1/2 hours, until doubled in bulk.
  • After dough has risen, place on a floured surface and divide into four loaves.
  • If dough is sticky, sprinkle some flour on your hands.
  • Do not handle dough too much.
  • Shape dough into 4 round loaves and cover.
  • Let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake on either bread stones or cookie sheets that have been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal in a preheated 400° oven till a golden brown, about 30-35 minutes.
  • The loaf should have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom with your knuckles.
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