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Crusty Italian Bread

Posted by Courtney Lynn/Supersize Family Kitchens on October 30, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Crusty Italian Bread


If you love amazing European loaves from the bakery, you’ll fall in love with this easy-to-make homemade bread. It’s crusty on the outside, and deliciously chewy and light inside.


Crusty Italian Bread

Makes 2 loaves

From Supersize Family Kitchens


1 package (¼ ounce) active dry yeast

2 teaspoons sugar, divided

2 cups warm water

2 teaspoons salt

5½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon butter, melted


Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in the warm water, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, 3 cups flour, and remaining 1 teaspoon sugar.

Add yeast mixture. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour. Turn onto a generously floured surface and flatten the dough a bit, then sprinkle with a couple tablespoons of flour from the table. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. Place in greased bowl, then spray top of loaf with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Place into 2 greased 8 x 4 loaf pans. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes or until doubled. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake for 30 minutes or until crusty and golden. Brush with melted butter.


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Categories: All Recipes, Recipes-Side Dishes

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