- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place each loaf seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across top of each loaf. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Reviews forMom's Italian Bread
"This bread turned out perfect for me. It's a simple Italian bread with a salty flavor and a chewy crust. I followed the directions exactly as written and made sure to add only as much flour as needed (which turned out to be 5 cups). It's better to start with a dough that is slightly sticky and knead in more flour if needed. There are so many factors that can make your bread fail - old yeast, water too hot, too much kneading, not enough kneading, over proofing, under proofing, and the list goes on. Believe me, I've had many bread failures over the years but I realize that it doesn't necessarily mean the recipe is the problem. I will definitely keep this one in my recipe file."
"I gave it 5* because it is quick and easy to make. I have one negative that I noticed when I switched to regular salt instead of the real salt I had been using, (only because I ran out). The bread tasted extremely salty. Has anyone else noticed this? It makes great toast and my friends love when I bake it for them. I just cannot get over that salty taste. If I drop the amount of salt in the recipe, will that make a difference?"
"I made this bread exactly as listed. Oh my. Perfection isn't even a big enough word for how excited my family was over this loaf! And the toast! THE TOAST! It was crispy and perfect! Made this dough two more times in succession and will be making it again later tonight due to family demand!"
"I wrote a review earlier today. I baked it for the designated amount and decided it is nothing like the picture. It's very heavy, dense and bland, I won't be making it again."
"I made this recipe for the first time today. I halved the recipe to make one loaf. It was delicious! My husband could not stop eating it. This bread was relatively simple to make, and it turned out great. It had a nice crrust, and a soft interior. This is a reipce that I will definitively make again!"
"I've made this recipe dozens of times!! Sometimes I put 2 cups of whole wheat flour in just to mix it up a bit. I've never had a fail and my family always asks for this bread if I ask them for requests. I do find that I add different amounts of flour depending on the weather so I'm careful when adding in the last 2.5 cups of flour. Normally I can stop at 2 cups and the dough is beautiful. Thanks for this great recipe."
"I have to agree with the other reviews. This was a very dense and heavy bread that never browned. I think that there is too much flour. It dried out quickly."
"I made my spaghetti sauce today for spaghetti, and thought this bread would be perfect to sop up the leftover sauce in our bowls. It surely didn't disappoint! I always use quick rise yeast and beat all the ingredients in my Kitchenaid mixer, then knead it on medium for 5 minutes. I let it rest for 10 min. in the bowl, then continued with the recipe, except I only needed to let it rise for 30 min. I brushed the tops before baking with melted butter...delicious! This is in my recipe box now! Thank you Linda for an outstanding recipe!"