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