Mom’s Italian Bread

This is one of my very favorite breads to make. It takes maybe 10 minutes to put it together- no joke. It was always my mom’s go-to bread, and has now become a favorite in our home.

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I like to put a few just-barely-there slits on the top. Mom never did this, but I think it adds to it’s beauty when it’s all done.

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I love the smell of dough…

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-After the rising stage-

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So golden and buttery…

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*Sigh….* Smells amazing!

Recipe:

I cup of warm water

1 pkg of yeast

1 Tablespoon of melted butter

1 Tablespoon of sugar (I use coconut sugar)

1 teaspoon of salt

*3 cups of flour (I use Hodgson Mills natural, unbleached, white flour)

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast on top of the water and let it dissolve. Mix in butter, sugar and salt.

*Start by mixing in 2 1/2 cups of flour, and only add a little more at a time for kneading.*

Knead until slightly firm. Spread a little olive oil on bottom of baking sheet and sprinkle a little cornmeal on it. Form dough into the shape you’d like it to be. With a knife, put a few slits on the top. Let rise on pan for about 1 hour.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy!