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Mama D's Italian Bread

This is a basic delicious Italian bread.
Prep20 Mins
Cook60 Mins
Ready170 Mins
Servings36

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour

Steps

  1. 1Add the sugar and yeast to the warm water and let proof.
  2. 2Stir in 4 cups of flour and beat until smooth. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. 3Beat in the salt and then add enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead until as soft and smooth as a bambino's 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. 4Once doubled, punch down and divide into three. Place back in the bowl, cover, and let rise.
  5. 5Once doubled again, punch down and form into three fat "footballs." Grease heavy cookie sheets and sprinkle with corn meal. Place the bread on the sheets, cover with a towel, and let rise.
  6. 6Once risen, mist with water and place in a preheated 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) 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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