Crusty Italian Bread {C-r-a-z-y Easy To Make}

Making a Crusty Italian Bread doesn't have to be pain laboring as I thought. As soon as I saw this recipe over at Food For A Hungry Soul, I knew it would be my go to crusty bread recipe too. There is no kneading, you just mix all the ingredients, let it rise for fours hours, shape into loaves, and bake.  How c-r-a-z-y easy it that?

Not only is the recipe fabulous for making Crusty Bread----you can also make Crusty Rolls and Pizza Dough with it. Don't you just love recipes that just keep on giving!

Take a look a this video for other ways you can make this wonderfully easy bread.  Thank you Tony for sharing the video and the Word of it.  When you are in Texas come see me!!  Blessing, K

Crusty Italian Bread
Recipe Source: Food For A Hungry Soul

4 cups, all-purpose, unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
2 cups warm water

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 500 degrees F and place an oven-proof dish of 2-3 cups of water on a baking sheet to be used while baking the bread in the oven.

Mix dry ingredient in a large bowl; add water.  Mix until all the flour is incorporated and a dough has formed.  Cover with a towel and let rise for 4 hours.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

On a well floured surface, pour out the dough covering the outside surface with flour as the dough is wet and sticky.  Handling the dough as little as possible (you're trying not to burst the bubbles) , shape your dough into your desired shape and place on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35-50 minutes depending on how dark you like your bread.  Watch how dark the bread crust gets as to how long you leave it in the oven.  The oven temperature is really high and you can easily over brown the bread. So check the bread after 35 minutes.

Note:  For more hints about using this dough, I suggest you visit the post for Nonna's Crusty Bread.  She has suggestions for keeping the dough in your refrigerator and for reheating the bread. 

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  1. This does sound easy! I'll have to give this a try!

  2. I have to pluck up courage and make bread - yours looks SOOOOOOOOO good - I can almost smell it!
    Mary x

  3. Thank you!! I've been looking for a good crusty bread recipe, and this looks wonderful. I'll be trying it soon!

  4. oh wow...that does sound easy to make! and you shot looks sooo delicious!

    your sharing this crazy easy to make Italian bread over at Food Friday is much appreciated, Ms. K!
    happy weekend! :)

  5. oh my goodness
    does this look utterly fantastic
    or what?

    i can't wait to try this tomorrow
    and see what my family of
    bread-loving kids think

    thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


  6. Sounds delish!

    Thanks for sharing with

    Simply Delish Saturday

    P.S following you on twitter as KB1

  7. Mmmm...I think you just gave me some inspiration for a snowy Saturday over here! Thank you! : )

    evie @ brown paper packages

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon.
    Miz Helen

  9. Thanks for sharing you yummy looking recipe. I'll have to try this one. Kathi

  10. Just wanted to let you know I featured this on my facebook page! Now I'm off to make it! Mmmm...

    evie @ brown paper packages

  11. And those are a perfect match with coffee.

    Visiting via Food Friday!

    Gene, meiji black chocolate

  12. This looks so easy and SO good!

  13. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  14. just a note to let you know
    that i am featuring your bread
    on this week's fridays unfolded!


  15. xoxo Glad you enjoyed this. Thank you so much for the shout out.

    Many blessings to you, Dear One. Hope your holidays are blessed and joyous.

  16. This was my first attempt at making my own bread and it sooooooo easy! Delicious and perfect crust! I may never buy bread again. :) Thank you!

  17. just thought i'd let you know i featured your bread on my blog today! have a great weekend!

  18. can this be made in a bread machine? Love the recipe.

    1. I have never made it in a bread machine so I am not sure.


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