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Italian Bread

countrygirl84's picture

Italian Bread

This is just the basic Italian recipe from the main page of this site but its turned out so pretty I wanted to show it to people who would appreciate it :)

I had to add a extra flour to the recipe to get it to a workable consistancy both times i made this but it turned out with nice big air pockets inside throughout the loaf. I let it rise longer too, not following the recipe to a T because I think I've begun to start to see what the dough is supposed to look and feel like.

dmsnyder's picture

Hi, countrygirl84.

That is a pretty loaf, indeed. Thanks for sharing.


Wisecarver's picture
Wisecarver (not verified)

...Very clean, even colors.
It is light on the bottom, makes me wonder...Do you use a stone?

goldrhim's picture

How did it taste?

countrygirl84's picture

Thanks guys! Good eye wisecarver! It is light on the bottom. No I don't have a stone. I'm not at home right now and I didn't want to spend money on something I would have a hard time getting back to Canada. :) But maybe in April I'll get one when we're finished in Barbados.

The loaf tastes really good, I think the preferment really does something for it. The first time I made it, I split it up into a few batches because its only me and my future hubs and the second loaf and third loaf had each grown in flavour a LOT. I'm really starting to see the work time does.

joem6112's picture

Now, all I need is a cup of coffee, butter and a slice. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful!