This delicious recipe has been generously shared by one of our Lovefoodie supporters, Frances Carbone Hibberd.
Here, Frances has made Philadelphia Italian Bread, and they sure look delicious! Frances says this : “These breads are great for sub sandwiches or cheese steak sandwiches or just for dipping in marinara sauce or olive oil. They are a crusty bread and easy to make. I have made these by hand, only using a mixer at the beginning”.
They’re great for cutting into small slices and serving at parties etc.
Prep Time: Approx 1 1/2 hours (includes rise)
Cook Time: 30 minutes approx
1 package active dry yeast (2 1\2 teaspoons)
1 1\4 cup of water (105-115 °)
3 cups of bread flour
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Combine yeast and water and allow to rest for 10 minutes until the yeast starts bubbling and giving off a yeasty smell.
2. In a large bowl add the flour, salt , and sugar make a well in middle pour half yeast and use electric mixer with the wiggley attachment and mix pouring yeast in a little at a time.
3. When yeast and flour is mixed together, add olive oil and keep mixing til the dough is not sticking on the sides.
4. Pour dough on a floured surface and knead dough for ten minutes or until its smooth and silky adding more flour if needed.
5. Place dough in a oiled bowl and coat all around the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until dough has doubled for 45 minutes to a hour or more. ( I usually preheat the oven on warm for five minutes then put the bowl in over away from drafts).
6. Punch dough down , roll into desired shape, cover with plastic again until it has doubled in volume.
7. If you have a pizza stone use that if not, the back of a cookie tray works fine, sprinkle with cornmeal and put rolls on top.
8. Preheat oven 425 F, then turn down to 400 F.
9. Place a bowl of water on the bottom of oven and place rolls on lower rack and bake 29-30 minutes.
The bread is ready when it makes a hollow sound when you thump on the bottom with your thumb.