Italian Bread is such a good bread. Like it’s French neighbor, it has a really good crust and it is soft and light in the middle. What is the difference between Italian and French Bread. The basic difference is that Italian bread has a thinner crust and a little softer middle. It probably was distinguished in its design so it could best soak up olive oil. Whenever we go out to dinner, we Americans have bread on the table before we even start the meal. We probably are having Italian Bread or French Bread and we do not even know which is which.
This bread recipe is quite easy. As with most breads, you simply need a enough time to let the bread rise. This Italian Bread has only 6 ingredients and one of these 6 ingredients is water.
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar and
- 2 tbsp olive oil and
- 1 egg & tbsp water
- Place all ingredients in your mixing bowl
- Mix on low speed until dough becomes tacky and is pulled away from the sides
- Cover with a damp towel and place in a dark spot in your kitchen enabling it to rise
- After an hour, knead the dough for 5 – 10 minutes on a surface dusted with flour
- Repeat this process 2 more times, letting the bread rise for 30 minutes each time
- Beat in a small mixing bowl, the egg and 1 tbsp water
- Slit the top of the bread with a serrated knife and then brush the egg wash generously on the top of the bread
- Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes
- Serve and enjoy!
Form into a football shaped loaf.
Italian loaf taken out of oven.
Italian Bread plated.