Italian bread #1

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pack Active dry yeast
1 cup Warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 cups Warm water
1 tablespoon Salt (up to)
7 cups Flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of water; let stand for 5 minutes. Dissolve salt in 2 cups of water. Put 5 cups of flour in a large bowl, add liquids; mix well. Add enough remaining flour to make a workable dough. Knead on a lightly floured board for 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down and knead again for 5 minutes.

Divide dough into two balls, return to greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled. Separate pieces of dough and roll each into an oblong shape.

Sprinkle cornmeal onto stone. Place the two loaves on the stone. Cover lightly and allow to rise until doubled. Brush tops with melted butter.

Make one long slash about 1-inch deep and almost the entire length of each loaf. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until loaves are golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Yields two loaves.




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