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Mmmm.... Homemade multigrain Pane Italiano!

Italian Bread
Pane Italiano
by James Belardo

There’s few things that make a home feel cozy, warm and welcoming as the smell of fresh baked bread. Here’s a simple recipe that is guaranteed to do just that!

For two 2 lb. loaves.

Ingredients
6 cups bread flour
3 cups warm water (105F-115F degrees)
1 tbsp salt (Koshering/coarse)
1 tbsp sugar
3 tsp dry yeast
1/4 cup olive oil
Sesame seeds

Directions

Yeast
1. Mix the sugar and yeast with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl, set aside, covered, until it foams (approx. 5-10 minutes).

2. In a separate bowl, add the salt to the remaining 2 cups of warm water, mix well.

Dough
1. Place 4 cups of flour into a large bowl and create a hole in the center

2. Add the yeast mixture and mix well.

3. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour slowly while mixing in the remaining salted water.

4. As the dough begins to firm up add flour or water as needed to achieve a good texture

5. Once the dough has a proper consistency, place in a large greased bowl, cover and let rise in the oven for about an hour or so.

6. Remove the risen dough and shape into loaves. Place on flat baking pan or cookie sheet that has a light coating of corn meal, this helps dough from sticking. Brush water on the exterior, score the top of loaves and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

7. Let it rise again for another hour or so

8. Preheat oven and bake at 425F until golden brown.

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Written by Zio James

December 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

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