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Easy Italian Bread recipe

I’ve been searching for a good recipe to make easy Italian bread at home. I found it!
This recipe is a slam dunk! It’s the easiest way to make foolproof Italian bread with very little effort! All you need is 5 ingredients and a Dutch oven! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Let’s get started!

Ingredients for our Italian bread recipe

– 400 gr of Flour
– 300 ml water
– 2 gr Yeast
– 1 Tsp salt
– 1/2 Tsp sugar


First, put the dry ingredients into a medium bowl, mix them together. Then, add water and until all ingredients blend together nicely.

Now seal the bowl with its lid or with a plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Then, mix the dough again inside the bowl with your hands or with a spatula.
Let it rest again for 15 minutes, then mix one more last time.

This is how the dough should look, after mixing the ingredients

The dough should look like this.
Now, leave your bowl in your fridge sealed for 12 to 24 hours. I like to do my dough in the evening, so I can let it rest overnight.

This is the time needed by the yeast to do its magic. The longer it takes, the lighter your bread will be!
After 12-24 hours, take your dough off the fridge: it’s time to work it with your hands, time to get dirty!
You can check my technique in the video below.

Make sure to use a well floured cloth or your dough might get stuck

You’ve worked the dough like in the video. Flatten it on a surface, fold it a couple of times and turn it into a ball. This is the most important part of the process. The structure of your bread depends on this work!
Once done, place your dough, gently, in a bowl covered with a cloth that has been generously sprinkled with flour. The flour will prevent the dough to stick to the cloth.
Cover the dough with the cloth and let it rest and rise for about 90 minutes.

Let your dough rises and set your oven at 450F let it warm with your Dutch oven inside.
After the 90 minutes have passed, gently place your dough into the Dutch Oven, cover it and put it back in the oven.
Let it cook for 30 minutes.
Now remove the lid and let it cook for 20 more minutes at 430F.
Your bread is now ready to go. Take it off the Dutch oven and let it cool for about 20/30 minutes.

It should look something like this

Let your loaf cool for 20-30 minutes and you’re ready to cut it and taste it.

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