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Authentic Italian Bread

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Authentic Italian Bread

Authentic Italian Bread recipe



4 servings


20 min


20 min


40 min
Low Fat, Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


Amount Measure Ingredient Features
1 teaspoon yeast, active dry
1 teaspoon barley malt syrup
cup water
cup milk
at room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour


Amount Measure Ingredient Features
5 ml yeast, active dry
5 ml barley malt syrup
79 ml water
158 ml milk
at room temperature
237 ml all-purpose flour


This takes 2 days but is worth the wait. Makes 2 round loaves Starter Stir the yeast and malt into the water; let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in the milk and beat in the flour with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon about 100 strokes until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand until bubbly, at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.

Dough 2 cups water, at room temperature 6¼ cups (860 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon salt Cornmeal Mix the starter and the water in a mixer until the starter is well broken up. Add the flour and salt and mix for 2 to 3 minutes at low speed.

The dough will be smooth but won't pull away from the side of the bowl. Change to the dough hook and knead at medium speed, scraping down the side of the bowl as necessary, until the dough is elastic but slightly sticky, 3 to 4 minutes. Finish kneading by hand on a floured work surface.

First rise Place in a well-oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 1½ hours. The dough is ready when it is very bubbled and blistered.

Shaping and second rise Cut the dough in half on a floured surface and shape into 2 round loaves. Place on an oiled cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Baking Preheat oven to 400℉ (200℃). Bake about 1 hour and cool on racks.

To get a really good crust spray the loaves with water 3 times in the first 15 minutes of baking.

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I believe this is the exact recipe for Rustic Como Bread from Field's "Italian Baker", no?

Bill United States

The ingredient list is all wrong. Be sure to read all the way through to get the correct amounts.



Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 93g (3.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 2738% from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 11% Iron 18%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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