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Fresh homemade bread

Fresh homemade bread

Good morning everyone! There is nothing that smells better then bread fresh out of the oven. This recipe has been with me for many years, and I've shared it with family and friends. I taught my children very young to do their own bread, it's simple and easy. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be doubled with no problem. The other great thing is it can be shaped in different ways creating variety. So if you decide to make one big round loaf, then your making " una pagnotta". If you're making many smaller breads then you are making " panini". As you get familiar with this recipe you'll feel more and more comfortable adding it to your table. With the holidays just around the corner, this will give you the opportunity to embellished your table and welcome your guests with the sense of smell. Do share this recipe with everyone, young and not so young... Enjoy the aroma!


2 Tablespoons dry yeast

2 Teaspoons sugar

1 Cup warm water

2 Cups of four

2 Teaspoons of salt

1/3 Cup of olive oil

Order of operations

Preheat oven at 350° F

In your empty measuring cup add first the yeast and sugar then add the warm water. The sugar will activate the yeast and make it rise, set aside.

In another bowl blend together flour, salt, yeast mixture and oil. Give the dry ingredients time to absorb all the liquid. Transfer to a flat surface that has been slightly floured, knead until you have a uniform dough.

Place a parchment sheet on a flat baking pan, lay the dough on it and let it rest until double in size. Depending on how warm your kitchen is, it could take anywhere from 30 min. to 1h.

When the dough is double in size, place in the oven lower level, bake until golden. Let the bread cool before slicing.

Feel free to ask any questions.

Buon appetito,


Image Credit » Photo by Isabella Di Fronzo

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SLGarcia wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:08 PM

I do love the smell of fresh bread. Your recipe seems fairly simple for a non-cook like myself. I shall have to try it.

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 20, 2014, 1:29 PM

Those look great. I do enjoy fresh baked warm bread right from the oven!

Ruby3881 wrote on October 20, 2014, 2:06 PM

I love to bake bread! I notice you only spoke of a single rising period. That's unusual.

Does "pagnotta" more properly mean the "loaf" or the "bread," Isabella?

Isabella wrote on October 20, 2014, 2:37 PM

I'm glad you asked Kyla. I used to make my my dough rise twice but sometimes, maybe i should say always, i was pressed for time. I have a huge family and when thier hungry, there's no time to discuss. So yes I made it rise once and it worked. This way after kneading, placing it on the parchment paper,and baking pan, it's not going to be touched anymore,it's the final resting place before baking. To answer your question about "pagnotta", it's italian for loaf!

Isabella wrote on October 20, 2014, 2:43 PM

It's really easy...try it out, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Remember you can make a smaller amount, just to try.

idyll wrote on October 20, 2014, 11:51 PM

wow....the smell of fresh bread is spreading to my site even :D i like bread and especially home-made and straight out from the banking ones.

poddys wrote on October 23, 2014, 6:54 AM

Home made bread has one of those smells that just drives me crazy! I LOVE fresh bread, and am a self declared "bread-a-holic". Sounds like a great simple recipe.

momathome wrote on October 23, 2014, 2:10 PM

Homemade bread is one of my addictions and I'm currently teaching my daughter how to make it, we have done banana bread, white bread and rolls so far, but we still have a lot more recipes for her to try.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 24, 2014, 11:23 AM

I'm glad it worked! And I can certainly appreciate feeling pressed for time to feed all the kids emoticon :smile:
Thanks for the mini Italian lesson too :)