OK, I know I am on a bread making binge but I can’t help it. Each one keeps coming out fantastic and I want to try making more! So this time I have challenged myself with Italian Bread. This recipe takes much more time to let rise and is slightly more complicated than the other bread recipes that I have shown you recently. But trust me, the patience is necessary and the bread is fantastic.
- 1 Package Active Dry Yeast
- 1 1/4 cup warm Water
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3 cups Bread Flour
Step 1: Add warm water (about 110 degrees) and the yeast packet. Mix to make it look muddy.
Step 2: Wait 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add the flour, sugar and salt. Mix to make the dough.
Step 4: Add oil and mix.
Step 5: Knead the dough on a floured surface for about ten minutes. If the surface becomes sticky from the dough, re-flour the surface and your hands. You may have to do this several times.
Step 6: Put dough in oiled bowl. Turn the dough in the bowl to coat all sides.
Step 7: Cover the oiled dough with plastic wrap.
Step 8: Let rise for an hour and a half.
Step 9: Punch dough.
Step 10: Separate dough into roughly three equal pieces. Roll each one into a loaf shape.
Step 11: Recover each loaf with plastic wrap.
Step 12: Let them rise for another 40 minutes.
Step 13: Pre-heat oven 425 degrees. Place a casserole dish filled with water in oven. This will create a steaming process and make the bread more crustier.
Step 14: Cut into each loaf about a 1/4 inch.
Step 15: Bake 8-10 minutes.
Step 16: Lower the temperature to 400 degrees. Bake another 15-25 minutes.
Step 17: Eat and Enjoy!
Also tastes delicious with tomato and balsamic vinegar.