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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

crusty Italian bread

This is one of the easiest breads I've ever made.  You can add spices and cheeses to it if you so desire.  Once you'll make this you'll wonder why you've never tried making bread before.  I made this the night I made the spinach stuffed shells with Vodka Cream Sauce, which I will post very soon.

2cups-ap flour
1 tsp salt
1heaping tsp yeast
2cps warm water

Mix dry Ingredients then add water, stir.  Cover with towel and let rise for 4 hours.   Preheat oven to 500 and have a couple of cups of water hot water in an oven proof pan on the bottom rack of oven.  Flour surface really well and try not to overwork dough, it will take the gases out .  Also be sure your hands are well floured because the dough is really sticky.  On a parchment lined cookie sheet shape your loaves or use a bread sleeve.  Place in oven and spray some water inside before closing.  In 5 minutes spray again.....this makes for a wonderful crusty exterior and a great crumb inside.  Bake for about 30 minutes but keep an eye on the bread that it does not over brown.   Enjoy.
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