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Italian Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
M.K Taylor

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 teaspoons (1 packet) Red Star active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water (about 110 F)
2 cups all purpose or bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Directions:
In a large bowl, combine yeast, sugar and warm water. Let stand 5 minutes until yeast is foamy. Add 2 cups flour, olive oil and salt. Stir with a dough hook on low speed until a shaggy dough forms. Increase dough hook speed to medium and knead dough in stand mixer 5 minutes, adding just enough of the remaining flour until a soft, smooth elastic dough forms . Shape dough into a ball; place in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise 1 hour until doubled.
Heat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or grease with oil or cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, punch down dough, then carefully shape into a torpedo about 12 inches long. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rise another 20 minutes or until puffy. Use a serrated knife to make a few -inch deep slits in the surface of the loaf. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing.

 

 

 

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