How to Make Italian Bread

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Italian bread is set apart from other breads by its chewy, thick golden crust covering a soft and tender center. It tastes wonderful with any type of pasta, and with the addition of a bit of sauce and cheese, makes a delightful pizza bread. Follow these steps to bake Italian bread.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Olive oil
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

  • Pour the warm water, milk and sugar in a small mixing bowl and sprinkle the active dry yeast over the top. Let it stand for about 4 minutes, until the yeast is soft and begins to foam.

  • Place the sifted flour and salt in a bowl and mix them until they're completely blended. Add the yeast mixture and knead it in the bowl for about 2 minutes. At this point, the dough should still be very moist and doughy.

  • Oil a separate bowl and place the dough in the oiled bowl. Cover it with a dry towel and place it in a draft-free place to rise until it doubles in size.

  • Punch down the dough and divide it into two equal pieces. Shape the pieces into loaves and place them on an oiled baking sheet.

  • Cover the loaves with a dry towel and allow them to rise until they double once more.

  • Bake the Italian bread for about 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Tips & Warnings

  • To create a thicker crust on the Italian bread, mist it lightly with water every 5 minutes as it bakes.

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