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Grandma's Italian Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Ginny Irelan
Added: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
5 lbs. flour
1 to 3 handfuls of Crisco (shortening)
Handful of salt
4 or 5 glasses of warm water
1 yeast cake
1 egg, beaten

Directions:
Directions:
Mix flour into shortening and make a hole. Break up yeast and put in a glass of warm water. Work dough until soft. Knead and add more water until right consistency. Let set and rise (2 hours). Knead again and shape into loaves. Put onto greased pans and let rise again (1 hour). Slice a crisscross pattern across the tops of the loaves. Brush tops of loaves with a beaten egg. Top with sesame or poppy seeds. Bake at 400° until brown. Done when loaf sounds hollow.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
When I was a little girl, we lived with my grandparents. My grandmother made this bread all the time. I remember watching her flour and knead the dough. I can still picture in my mind how she turned the dough, added a handful of flour and made her delicious bread. After school on a snowy day, she would give us hot chocolate and our own “mini” loaf of warm bread and butter. Sometimes these memories are so vivid I can smell the bread!
I got this recipe from her before she died and I tried to write it down as she explained to me what a “handful” was equivalent to.

 

 

 

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