World Italian Bread
(makes one loaf)
1 cup lukewarm
water (110 degrees)
2 packages Fleishman yeast, or 1 cake compressed yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups of sifted flour
lukewarm water over the salt and the granular yeast,
or the crumbled yeast cake. I let the yeast grow at
this point then I add the flour. Add enough flour
to make a soft dough - until the dough breaks away
from the side of the bowl and can easily be handled.
Turn onto a floured board and knead until smooth-
about 10 minutes and also is elastic to the touch.
Place in a greased bowl, covered with a damp, warm
towel and place in a warm, dark place. I usually put
it in the oven (make sure it is not on). Let rise
for about 2 to 2 and a half hours.
the bread, punch down, and place back in the bowl,
letting it rise until double in bulk for another hour
and a half. Now, take it out of the bowl onto a floured
board and let rest for 15 minutes. Then roll it out
at approximately 1/4 inch or thinner in a rectangle.
Like you are going to make a pizza. Then, roll away
from you like a jelly roll, crimping the edges in
until it is completely rolled. Place this on a cookie
sheet and let sit for another hour and a half.
slits about 3 1/4 inch long along the top of the bread.
Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
brushing every 10 minutes. I have a water bottle sprayer
that works mighty fine.
the aroma's in my home while baking bread and/or pastries.
Now all you have to do is pull it out, let it cool
for 10 - 15 minutes, and serve with your dinner. This
is a great holiday surprise for your family at the
big dinner. Fresh, and I do mean, fresh Italian or
French Style Old World Bread.