Italian Bread Recipe
I love my sourdough starter. Doesn’t it look pretty!
350′ degrees preheated oven
Yield 2 loaves1 pkg active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
( 110’ to 115’ )
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt
5-½ cups all purpose flourIn a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour a cup at a time to form soft dough.Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide in half. Shape each portion into a loaf. Place each loaf seam down on a greased baking sheet.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across top of each loaf.
Bake at for 20-25 minutes @350′ in a preheated oven or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.