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.



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.


I love the smell of dough…


-After the rising stage-


So golden and buttery…


*Sigh….* Smells amazing!


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.