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Homemade Italian Bread recipe; a sliced loaf of homemade Italian bread on a wooden serving platter.

Italian Bread Recipe

  • Author: Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
  • Prep Time: 2 Hours
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread Recipes
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


Best homemade Italian Bread recipe you will ever make. Fill it with homemade meatballs for meatball subs. Or serve it along side your favorite recipes.



  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-½ cups all purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and 3 cups of the flour to the bowl and beat with a handheld mixer or the paddle blade of the stand mixer for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining flour one cup at a time to form soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  5. Place the bread dough into a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  6. Punch the dough down and turn onto a floured surface; divide the dough in half.
  7. Shape each half of the bread dough into a loaf. Place each loaf seam down on a greased baking sheet.
  8. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. With a sharp knife make about 4 slashes across the top of each loaf.
  9. Bake in a 350 F. degree preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Remove the baked bread loaves from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Makes 2 loaves.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 195
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 6.5g
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