Mama D's Italian Bread

    Mama D's Italian Bread

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    About this recipe: This is a basic delicious Italian bread.

    Serves: 36 

    • 3 cups warm water (45 degrees C/110 degrees F)
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 7 cups (865g) plain flour

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr40min proofing  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

    1. Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water and let proof.
    2. Stir in 4 cups (500g) 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 (baby's butt) 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 trays and sprinkle with corn meal. Place the bread on the trays, cover with a towel, and let rise.
    6. Once risen, mist with water and place in a preheated 230 degrees C (450 degrees F) 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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