This make a great Italian bread. My suggestion for anyone who is not an experience bread maker is : Make your first loaf with 4 cups of flour. This gives you a good size loaf. When making any bread, do not add all of the water called for at first. I started with 1 cup of warm water into which I had proofed my yeast with 1 tsp sugar. (If your yeast is fresh, I still wait 5 minutes till I see bubbles form on the top; with instant yeast this happens very quickly.) Add the yeast/water to the flour and mix with a wooden spoon or by hand. Keep adding a little bit of water after that at a time and keep mixing until the entire flour mixture sticks together. You want all the flour in the bowl and for the mixture to stop sticking to your hand. If you wind up with too much water, add more flour till the dough is no longer sticky but feels smooth and satiny to your hand. Do not overKnead or tough can become tough. Coat with olive oil and then put plastic wrap on the dough and cover with a towel. Let Rise. Punch down after an hour. No need to take out of bowl. Let it Rise again, 30 min or so; Remove from bowl, gently flatten into rectangle, fold bottom third up, top third down, and then fold in the left and right edges to form a loaf. Turn over and let rise once more. Then bake on baking tray. I put water in oven and you can also mist it but its not necessary. The basic recipe is great. You just have to play with the technique that works best for you. MineHad a great yeasty taste!!!
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This make a great Italian bread. My suggestion for anyone who is not an experience bread...