Mama D's Italian Bread

Mama D's Italian Bread

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"This is a basic delicious Italian bread."

Ingredients

2 h 50 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 90 cals
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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 90 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 18.8g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 194 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water and let proof.
  2. Stir in 4 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Beat in the salt and then add enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until as soft and smooth as a bambino's behind. Turn in a greased bowl, cover, and let double in size. (I put it in the oven with the light on - perfect rising temperature.)
  4. Once doubled, punch down and divide into three. Place back in the bowl, cover, and let rise.
  5. Once doubled again, punch down and form into three fat "footballs." Grease heavy cookie sheets and sprinkle with corn meal. Place the bread on the sheets, cover with a towel, and let rise.
  6. Once risen, mist with water and place in a preheated 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) oven. Mist loaves with water and turn occasionally while they bake. Bread is done when golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
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I really like this bread I gave it 5 stars for taste but I'm giving it 3 stars for the directions. I found I had to find my own way through the directions, it states cook time 1 hour, I found t...

Good recipe, works well if you add a little italian seasonings in with the ingredients. As a culinary student I've tried and failed with bread many times before getting some decent results. ...

OHMYGOD. YUM. Keep in mind that less handling after rising has started, the better the flavor. My first loaf was good, but after I read up a bit on proper dough handling, the flavor increased ...