If you enjoy fresh bread along with soup, this is one recipe that you are sure to love. These Italian Loaves rise quickly and are tasty by themselves or toasted with some butter and jam. With only four ingredients, this is one of the simplest bread recipes.
4-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (2 packages)
2 cups warm water (115° – 125°)
2 teaspoons salt
5 – 5-1/4 cups bread flour
In large mixer bowl, mix yeast and warm water together. Add 2 cups of flour and mix at high-speed. Add salt.
Continue to add flour 1/4 cup at a time and knead until dough does not stick to your fingers. After kneading for 5 minutes, cover and allow to rise until double for about 1 hour.
Knead dough again for about 2 minutes. Divide dough in half. Flatten each half into an oblong shape.
Roll each one into a 15 inch length. Place on a cookie sheet and allow to rise until double for one hour. If you’d like a golden crust, brush the loaves with a beaten egg with a pastry brush.
Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30 – 35 minutes. Slice at a diagonal and enjoy