Today is a great day. You know why? It’s national homemade bread day! There is just something about the smell of freshly baked bread that makes me feel like I’m strolling through the streets of Italy or Paris. If you’ve never made homemade bread before then you are missing out! Although it takes several hours from start to finish, it’s totally worth it in the end. Not sure where to start? Check out this (relatively) easy Italian bread recipe that is perfect for any occasion!
Easy Italian Bread
Make this the next time you have an Italian night!
- 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 – 6 cups of flour
- Dissolve yeast in warm water using a large bowl. Then add the sugar, salt and three cups of flour. Beat for three minutes before stirring in remainder of flour. A soft dough should form.
- On a floured surface, kneed dough until smooth. This will take approximately 8 minutes. Place dough in a greased medium sized bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for one hour (I usually put mine on top of my dryer while it is turned on).
- After the hour is up you’ll notice that the dough has risen. Punch dough down. Divide in half and shape each into a loaf shape. Place on a greased baking sheet and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake loaves for 20 – 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
If you’re more of a sweet bread kind of person, check out this recipe for a blueberry lemon loaf
OR if you are gluten-free, this recipe is right up your alley.
No matter what your bread preference is, make sure you pair it with a slab of butter and share it with your friends! And now, I leave you with this unnecessary bread pun.