This was an accident. Really!!!! I didn’t mean to make a loaf of Italian bread. I forgot to buy a loaf at the store…and since I had everything I needed…I just did it! It’s kind of empowering, actually! I went looking for a recipe and came across a couple, but they were calling for all these extra steps, like spraying the loaves every 3 minutes with a spray bottle…ummm…not going to happen…I’m trying to make an entire meal here and I don’t have a sous chef!!! So I took my little bit of knowledge about yeast and made my own recipe! I KNOW…REALLY IMPRESSIVE…RIGHT? OK, I actually made this recipe twice just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke or beginner’s luck the first time. And to my surprise, it came out even better the second time!
OK, now I have to have a little warning here…
Make sure you use RapidRise™ Yeast with this recipe…There is a difference between regular Active Yeast and RapidRise™. First, is the temperature of the liquid…RapidRise™ needs hotter liquids (120º-130ºF). And the RapidRise™ doesn’t take as long since it doesn’t require the double rise. Sounds confusing, huh? Well, just make sure you buy the RapidRise™ or this recipe won’t work!
Now you’ve been warned…let’s get baking some bread!
- 1 cup warm water, 120º-130ºF
- 1/2 cup warm skim milk, 120º-130ºF
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 packet RapidRise™ Yeast
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 cup semolina flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- coarse cornmeal
- Olive oil flavored nonstick cooking spray
- Mix RapidRise ™ yeast with flours and salt in mixing bowl.
- Heat water and milk to 120º-130ºF and honey and oil and mix until blended.
- Add liquid to dry ingredients and with flat paddle mix just until blended.
- Switch to the dough attachment and knead on medium for about 6-8 minutes.
- Cover with a clean towel and let rest for about 10 minutes.
- Shaped dough into 2 loaves. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size. I heat my oven slightly and then turn it off and put the loaves in the oven to rise.
- With serrated knife cut three angled slits in the top of the loaf. I brushed mine with a little melted butter and sprinkled a little garlic powder on top.
- Bake at 400ºF for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
That’s it! Not as hard as you thought huh? Delish!