Cookbook:Italian Bread

Italian Bread
Category Bread recipes
Servings 2 loaves
Time 3-3½ hours
Difficulty Medium

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Italian BreadEdit

IngredientsEdit

DirectionsEdit

  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in oil, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add 2½ cups flour and mix to blend.
  4. Using a spoon or heavy duty mixer, beat until elastic, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in (you may want to use dough hooks) another cup of flour and wheat germ, if desired to make a stiff dough.
  6. Knead on a board or pastry cloth, floured with some of the last ½ cup flour, until dough is springy and smooth and develops small bubbles just under the surface (about 20 to 25 minutes-you may want to do this with the dough hooks).
  7. Put in greased bowl, turning to grease top, then cover with a cloth.
  8. Rise until doubled, about an hour, depending on temperature.
  9. Punch down dough, turn out, and divide in half.
  10. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  11. Shape each half of dough into a slender oval loaf about 15 inches long.
  12. Place on greased baking sheet, cover lightly and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  13. Bring cornstarch mixture to a boil and stir until thick and clear.
  14. Brush loaves with mixture.
  15. Slash loaf tops ½ inch with floured sharp knife or razor blade.
  16. Bake until loaves browned and sound hollow when tapped, 25 to 30 minutes.
  17. Cool on wire racks.

Tips, Notes, and VariationsEdit

  • A cup of whole wheat flour may be substituted for a cup of plain flour.
  • To get a rapid initial rise, use water about 130-135°F, and pour into bowl with yeast mixed with initial flour and salt and sugar and start mixing.
  • All rising should be in a warm place, like near the refrigerator.
  • A baking stone, ceramic brick, or even an iron skillet or griddle preheated in the oven (to place the the baking sheet on) will give a good "spring" or quick rise when the loaves are first placed in the oven.

UsesEdit

  • Great with cheese and cold meats on a picnic.
Last modified on 22 November 2007, at 17:41