Italian Bread

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 715
Yield: 3 loaves


2 envelopes active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
7 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in very warm water, between 110 and 115 degrees. Stir in salt, oil and sugar. Add flour; mix well. Shape into a ball and place in a well-oiled bowl, turning to coat well. Cover and let rise until double in bulk, about one hour. Punch down. Divide into 3 equal parts; shape into loaves. Place loaves crosswise on a greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover; let rise for 30 minutes. Make 4 diagonal slices in top of each loaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Whisk together egg white and cold water; brush onto loaves. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Quote: Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheeseā€¦toasted, mostly.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 5
Total Calories: 715
Calories from Fat: 96

This Italian Bread recipe is from the Comfort Foods Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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