Italian Bread Recipe

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  • 1 cup warm water (110 deg. f)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups warm water (110 deg. f)
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  1. For the Biga: Stir the yeast in warm water to dissolve. Sprinkle sugar over the mix and let sit for 5 minutes, if yeast is foamy it is active.
  2. Mix yeast with flour until all flour is incorporated, no dry clumps. Cover and let rise in a warm draft free place for 6 hours. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. For Bread: Stir the yeast in warm water to dissolve. Sprinkle sugar over the mix and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer with hook attachment mix yeast, biga, 3 cups of the flour and salt on low speed for one minute. Scrape down sides and mix on medium, add remaining flour 1 cup at a time, mix and scrape down before adding more flour. Dough should be sticky but smooth, you may not need all the flour.
  5. Put dough in a greased bowl (I just spray the bowl with cooking spray) turning to grease the top. Cover and rise in a warm, draft free area for 30 minutes. Punch the dough down, recover and let rise another 1 hour.
  6. Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll each half into a large rectangle , then roll tightly, from the long side, tapering the ends. Place the loaves on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  7. When the dough has about 30 minutes left, preheat the oven to 350 deg. F and place a dish of hot water on the bottom rack.
  8. With a sharp knife cut diagonally 3-4 times across the tops of the loaves. Spritz the top of the loaves with water, either from a spray bottle or just wet your fingertips and flick the water at the loaves. Bake for 30 minutes at 350, then lower the oven temperature to 300 deg. and bake an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Bread will be browned on top when done and sound hollow when you knock on it.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 432.25 Kcal (1810 kJ)
Calories from fat 11.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.28g 2%
Sodium 586.2mg 24%
Potassium 138.65mg 3%
Total Carbs 89.94g 30%
Sugars 0.31g 1%
Dietary Fiber 3.89g 16%
Protein 12.27g 25%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Calcium 27.2mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 206.57 Kcal (865 kJ)
Calories from fat 5.51 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.61g 2%
Sodium 280.14mg 24%
Potassium 66.26mg 3%
Total Carbs 42.98g 30%
Sugars 0.15g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.86g 16%
Protein 5.86g 25%
Iron 0.6mg 7%
Calcium 13mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 8
  • 11

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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