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How to make bread dough


How to make bread dough


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DIFFICULTY
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Bread is probably the most common food in the world and is certainly a main stable in Italy. Here is a basic bread recipe, which can be used in your own kitchen to make fragrant loaves or use as a starting point for many other traditional Italian recipes.




Ingredients for 4 people


1 ½ lb Italian type “0” bread flour or all-purpose flour
⅝ lb high gluten bread flour
¾ oz fresh yeast
1 oz salt
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups water


Preparation

1
Pour the yeast into a cup of warm (about 100°F water). Stir and let dissolve for a minute or so.

2
In the meanwhile, mix together the two flours, forming a well on a cutting board or flat work surface.

3
Pour the water and dissolved yeast into the center of the well and the remaining warm water. Incorporate the water into the flours.

4
Work the dough well with your hands for a couple of minutes, then add the oil and the salt. Knead the dough for 15 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.

5
If you prefer, you can use a mixer with a dough hook, allowing the machine to run for 10 minutes.

6
Once the dough is well kneaded, cover it with a dishtowel and let it rise for an hour in a dry place. The dough should double in volume.

7
Once the dough has risen, divide it into pieces and let rise for an additional 10 minutes. Then, shape the pieces into loaves of the shape and size you prefer.

8
Use a knife to make an X on the top of each loaf and let rise for another hour or until a slight crust forms around the edge.

9
Place the loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 450°F oven until golden.

10
If you are using an electric oven, add a little water to the oven during the first 5 minutes of cooking to create vapor. This will give the bread a fragrant crust.


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