Beautiful golden loaf of Italian bread on a rustic bread board with a pad of butter and antique knife
5 from 9 votes

Classic Italian Bread Recipe

This Crusty Italian Bread recipe uses only 6 ingredients and bakes up with a soft center and a delicious chewy crust.
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini


  • 2-1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water like bath water
  • 2-1/4 cups bread flour divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Combine yeast, sugar, and water. Allow it to sit for approximately 5 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Add 2 cups of flour, salt, and olive oil to the yeast mixture and stir until combined with a wooden spoon.
  • Lightly flour a working surface and knead bread together until soft and silky. Approximately 10 minutes. Form a ball with the dough and put it into an oiled bowl, turning the dough once so it's oiled on both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. If using a baking stone, put it in the oven while preheating.
  • After 1 hour, turn the dough out onto a floured working surface. Gently deflate with your fingertips and form a rectangle. Form the dough into a batard or torpedo shape and put it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Alternatively, place it on parchment paper on a hard surface like the back of the baking sheet, pizza peel, or bread board. Set it aside to rise 20 minutes.
  • Score the bread 1/4" deep with a lame or sharp knife and place the bread in the oven. Optionally spray the oven walls with filtered water to create steam.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing.


Prep time includes proof time. Recipe originated by Girl Versus Dough


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 14mg | Vitamin A: 10IU | Iron: 0.1mg
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