This is a super easy Italian Style Bread you can make with a Stand Mixer and a dough hook. No kneading, no mess. Yay!
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
6 1/2 C Flour
3 C Hot Water (not boiling, just hot tap water. Not so hot it burns you though, because that will kill the yeast)
You also need a stand mixer with a dough hook, and a baking sheet.
Step 2: Make the Dough
Put in the salt and stir. Then add the flour. Stir with the dough hook, about medium speed. Lock the neck of the mixer down, or it will jump. Just let it do it's thing. All of the flour will get incorporated, and the bowl will be clean. If not, add a dash more water. If it seems way to soft, won't form a ball, add a bit more flour.
This is where you can add some extra ingredients if you want. I enjoy a bit of garlic powder, (2tsp.) and some Italian Seasoning (about 1-2 tsp. ) You could also add some grated hard cheese. Take it a different way and add a little cinnamon and sugar. Feel free to be creative.
Lift up the dough hook, scrape off the dough. Take the bowl out, cover it with saran wrap, and let it rise for about 30 minutes. It should double in size.
NOTE: I use quick rise, or instant, or active dry yeast. It works well, and quickly. If you use regular yeast, it will take longer to rise. Just wait for the dough to fill up the bowl, then it will be done.
Step 3: Bake It
Put each loaf on the same greased cookie sheet. (Spray the pan with a little non stick spray)
Bake in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Mangia !
You can freeze any cooked loaves and enjoy them later.
This bread goes great with Lasagna, Pasta with Red Sauce, Soup, or even PB&J.
If it gets stale, it makes great bread pudding. It also makes great French toast.