Friday, February 10, 2012

Homemade Italian Bread...


Homemade Italian Bread...



I've been making homemade bread for years. 
BY HAND.
And it's NOT hard.

But a few years ago the Colonel gave me a 
Kitchen Aid mixer for Mother's Day and it's wonderful. 

If you don't have a mixer with a dough hook,
don't let that stop you from trying this DELICIOUS bread.

After your yeast has risen,
 combine it with the flour and salt into a big bowl and begin to mix everything together
with a wooden spoon or a regular mixer.

Then transfer the dough to the counter and start
the kneading process of pulling the dough ball towards you and pushing it away
adding more flour until the dough is no longer sticky.  
After 5 to 10 minutes of hand kneading, the dough will become 
really soft and smooth and YOU'RE done!   

Photo Source:  Google

Ingredients:

1 cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 Teaspoons)
1 teaspoon Salt
3 cups Bread Flour
(I use regular flour and the bread comes out fine)


Combine the yeast with the warm water (105 - 110 degrees)
and add the honey.
Let this sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
You want to make sure your yeast is alive.

Happy, alive yeast...


Add the yeast to your mixing bowl.
Add the salt.
Begin adding the flour, in 1/4 cup intervals.

Once the dough starts to pull away from the sides of 
the mixing bowl set a timer for 5 minutes and walk away.
Let the mixer knead the dough for you...


Perfectly kneaded dough...


Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with 
plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about one hour...


Now the fun begins..shaping the dough!

You can divide the dough in half and roll each half 
into a long "snake"and twist.
Pretend you see two loaves...


Or you can do my favorite way and divide the dough in half,
roll into a "snake" and then place both halves into 
a greased bundt pan...


Either way you decide, let the dough rise again until it is 
doubled in size...


I like to brush my bread dough with melted butter before baking.

Bake your Italian bread in a preheated 385 oven
for about 20 minutes or until it is golden brown...


Doesn't that look DELICIOUS...



Enjoy your day!

HungryLittleGirl

30 comments:

  1. That does look delicious! I've also been making homemade bread for years, but boy did it save on the wrists when I got my KitchenAid with the dough hook!

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  2. The Hubs loves homemade bread. I haven't made it in a long time because I don't eat it any longer and a loaf usually ends up going to waste. Hubs is trying to cut down so I just don't make it.

    Your bread looks wonderful. I always loved it hot out of the oven with butter dripping all over it.

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  3. Oh my goodness~ I am so trying this! Thanks for the recipe, Lois!

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  4. I used to make this bread all the time, it was cheaper than buying a loaf, and it tasted so good.

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  5. I think you should publish your own cookbook. You'd give Ree Drumond (Pioneer Woman) a run for her money!

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  6. I saw that you had posted this recipe on Pinterest and I snagged it real quick! I love bread!

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  7. Delicious bread, Lois - you are such a wonderful cook and all round genius in the kitchen!
    Thanks for the comment today re saving blogs to my list and guess what I tried to remove some blogs and it won't do that either!!! AAARRRGGGHHH!
    Best wishes
    Christine

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  8. Great looking bread, I bet your house smells so good. I would love to have a slice or two of that, nice and warm, slathered with butter.

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  9. Oh that does look yummy and I love the smell bread baking in the kitchen.
    I do not make home made bread as I have trouble with making anything with yeast.Not sure what I do wrong but it never raises.
    Hugs

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  10. Oh baby, I can almost smell that fresh bread now!!! Mmmmmm...I've got some fresh Ozark Mountain Creamy milk...I'll be right over. Heeehehehe!!!

    I adore makin' bread and find it very therapeutic besides yummy!!!

    God bless ya sweeite and have a fantabulous weekend!!! :o)

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  11. This looks amazing! I have never thought to shape my bread that way before—I bet my family would love it!

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  12. I make french bread all the time but I've never tried it in a bundt pan. Great idea! I'm anxious to give it a try.

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  13. That looks so good and I can only imagine how good it smells as it bakes. What a great idea to bake it in a bundt pan!
    If I make bread I usually do it in my bread machine. I need to do it more often.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. One of my goals this year is to make more bread at home, and after reading of the sodium in store bought bread i am more determined than ever. This looks so delicious.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  15. That looks better than the bread from the local bakery! Mmmm!

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  16. Dear Lois, You make it look so easy!! That bread is just waiting for butter! It looks delicious. Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

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  17. What a gorgeous looking loaf of bread! I am so gald you got photos as proof of your efforts; I suspect it was devoured quickly!

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  18. WOW!!! your blog sold me... might have to make this with my daughter. I'm going to subscribe. Nice to meet you new friend... Sue

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  19. Thanks for visiting my blog! I will be sure to post "after" photos. I am anxious to get to that point!

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  20. The bread looks absolutely delicious! Happy Valentine's weekend!

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  21. Yummy! I love homemade bread! It is my weakness and I can always have another piece of bread :)

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  22. This is one of my favorite things to make! Love your pictures!

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  23. My daughter(married 1 1/2 years) has started making homemade bread. She is putting her mom to shame! She, too, says it is easy...but I am not convinced! :-)

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  24. That looks so delicious! I have never seen it done that way and it looks amazing!! Wanting some right now!

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  25. It does look delicious! I hope you can put some raisins on it, because I love raisin bread.

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  26. Oh YES! Your bread looks so good!!!

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  27. I'm definitely trying this out this weekend!

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  28. Hello! Am your new follower and your recipes look so yummy! Love to make more mommy friends out there! Be in touch!

    Cheers,
    Summer
    http://ahappymum.blogspot.com

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  29. I have to say it: This bread looks better, than any at the store. So fluffy and even. Great job!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week :)

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