Italian Bread Recipe



Italian Bread


1.5 teaspoons active dry yeast

2 tablespoons crisco or tenderflake

1 1/4 cups warm water

2.5 tablespoons white sugar

2 teaspoons salt (neutral salty taste0

3 cups all-purpose flour

1.5 tablespoon butter, melted


1• Mix together shortening, sugar, salt, yeast, and 1 cup flour. Add warm water and beat by hand until manageable, or 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Add remaining flour, scraping bowl often, and mix all together until smooth.

2• Cover with a clean cloth and let rise until doubled in volume.

3• Stir dough down gently, and spoon into a lightly greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (the batter should be sticky). Pat down with floured hands to help shape. Cover again, and let rise for about 30 minutes.

4• Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

5• Bake for about 45 minutes. Place on a cooling rack, and brush top with melted butter.

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