How to Make Italian Bread
- Add the yeast and water in an electric mixer’s bowl and leave it be for 5-10 minutes until it has risen and bloomed.
- Add the flour and sugar to the yeast mixture.
- Using the dough hook of the electric mixer, start beating the ingredients until a light dough like consistency is formed.
- Add in the oil and salt and keep beating on slow speed for about 8 minutes.
- Transfer this dough into a large bowl that is greased with cooking spray or butter. Lightly spray the dough with some cooking spray and set it aside for 12 hours by covering it with a cling film. The dough should double in size after 12 hours.
- Remove from the plastic cover from bowl, punch and knead the dough and roll it out on a clean and flour dusted surface.
- Make a long oval shape of the dough that resembles a loaf.
- Place a parchment paper in a baking tray and put the dough on it.
- Dust some semolina flour on top of the dough.
- Brush the dough with sesame seeds and egg evenly.
- Using a sharp knife, make slanted slashes on top of the dough. They should be about3 inches deep.
- Spray the dough with some water.
- Bake the dough in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for about 3 minutes. Spray some water at 3-minute intervals twice again.
- Bake for an additional 45 minutes straight. The bread should be able to have a hollow thud sound when whacked on a surface.
- Let the bread cool off and enjoy.
- Bread is one of the most common, inexpensive and popular foods in the world with over 2000 different types eaten every day.
- The ancient Greeks were already making 70 types of bread back in 2500 BC.
There are over 20 types of bread eaten in Italy.