Italian Bread

Course : Breads
Serves: 2
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1 tablespoon sugar
1 Cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 Cup cornmeal
2 packages active dry yeast
1 large egg
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 Cup salad oil
1 tablespoon butter or margarine

Preparation / Directions:

(42 min left), (H)elp, More? 1. In large bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast, and 2 cups flour. In 1-quart saucepan over low heat, heat butter or margarine and 1 3/4 cups water until very warm (120ø to 130ø F.) (Butter or margarine does not need to melt.) (Actually, I use the microwave for this part -wp-) 2. With mixer at low speed, gradually beat liquid into dry ingredients until just blended. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. 3. Beat in 1/2 cup flour to make thick batter; continue beating mixture at medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl often with rubber spatula. With wooden spoon, stir in enough additional flour (about 1 3/4 cups) to make a soft dough. 4. Turn dough onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, (42 min left), (H)elp, More? about 10 minutes, adding flour while kneading. 5. Cut dough in half; cover pieces with bowl; let dough rest for 20 minutes for easier shaping. 6. Grease large cookie sheet; sprinkle cookie sheet with cornmeal. 7. On floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll each half into 15" by 10" rectangle. From 15" side, tightly roll dough, jelly-roll fashion; pinch seam to seal. 8. Place loaves, seam side down, on cookie sheet and taper ends. Brush loaves with oil; cover loosely with plastic wrap; Refrigerate 2 to 24 hours. 9. Preheat oven to 425ø F. Meanwhile, remove loaves from (42 min left), (H)elp, More? refrigerator; uncover; let stand 10 minutes. Cut 3 or 4 diagonal slashes on top of each loaf. Bake 20 minutes. 10. In small bowl with fork, beat egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Remove loaves from oven; brush with egg-white mixture; return to oven and bake 5 minutes.

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