Classic Italian Bread

Total Time: About 4 hours, plus time to cool.

Source: Bread Illustrated

Serves: Depends on how much you like bread. Around 15 slices?

Homemade bread, round two! This time I needed bread for fondue. I would normally pick up a baguette and cut it up, but I had time, so I decided to make the bread myself. I’m very, very glad I did. Not just because it was great with the fondue, but because it’s super tasty on its own.

I’ve made this one before, but it has been a while. I appreciate being able to do most of the kneading in the stand mixer and the minimal shaping. The dough was really soft, and I was a little worried I didn’t knead it enough, but I just worked quickly with it and hoped for the best, which turned out well.

All-in-all it was pretty easy (for homemade bread), it didn’t take too long (for homemade bread), and didn’t require a lot of special equipment (just a pizza stone, which we use on the regular). It had a great crust, lots of nice bubbles, and lovely flavor. While I want to try all of the fun breads in this cookbook, this one is very satisfying to make.

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