Rustic Italian Bread Baking
Create a warm, rustic loaf of Italian bread right in your own kitchen, and transport your taste buds to the rolling hills of Tuscany. The delightful aroma of freshly baked bread will fill your home as you follow this simple yet satisfying recipe.
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 1/4 cups of warm water (110°F/43°C)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water and yeast. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
- Add the flour, salt, and olive oil to the yeast mixture. Stir until a dough forms.
- Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean cloth, and let it rise for 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
- Punch down the dough and shape it into a round loaf. Place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cover the loaf and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- Allow the bread to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 loaf
Enjoy the simple pleasure of homemade Rustic Italian Bread with its crispy crust and soft, chewy interior. Whether you serve it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or use it for sandwiches, this bread will transport you to the heart of Italy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 180 | Fat: 1g | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 6g
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Italy with every bite of this Rustic Italian Bread. The golden crust and tender crumb make it the perfect companion to your favorite Italian dishes or a simple snack with olive oil and herbs. Share the joy of homemade bread with your loved ones, and savor the taste of tradition.