Italian Bread Quest

Hosted by Heidi Hoerman
Group active since Mon, Jan 03, 2011

Join us in the quest for a bread with that crispy-toothsome crust and chewy middle, the bread that can't be gotten outside of cities with Italian neighborhood bakeries. Bea, Malinda & Heidi lamented their failure to replicate that wonderful Italian bread and realized, "This is a project for the JAP brigade!"

Laura Ashley
Nov 16, 2015

Hello and a question

Howdy to everyone on this board. I have been trying recipes for French bread,kaiser rolls and Italian bread and have found many tasty recipes. I have a problem that seems to occur practically every time and that is that the dough seems to have trouble rising UP instead of OUT. My bread and Rolls grow horizontally instead of vertically. What is happening and how do I correct this. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

JoAnn Delaini
Mar 25, 2014

Salt-free Tuscan Bread

Hi all,
I have just joined your group - directed to it by Bea L., Beach Chic. Many Thanks to her. I need recipes for no to low-salt bread, preferably Italian. I have cookbooks with other no salt bread recipes, but being Italian, I crave that taste. I know that Tuscan bread in Italy is made with no salt because they eat their salumi's with it and those meats are loaded with salt so the bread balances it. Does anyone have any recipes to share? Or suggestions on cutting the salt in bread recipes? I'm new to baking bread so don't know exactly what effect cutting the salt would have. Thanks for your help.
JoAnn Delaini, Adventurouscooker

Donna Graffagnino
Dec 23, 2013

Buon Natale! Felice Anno Nuovo!

To All of You Wonderful Cooks and Your Families ~ Wishing you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year! Stay Well and Keep Safe!

Jack Scully
Dec 14, 2013



Fleischmanns yeast website to be very helpful for substitutions

Donna Graffagnino
Nov 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you wonderful cooks!

Pat DiMercurio
Jan 25, 2013

I got it!

Hi Gang, I haven't been on this group site for quite a while. I have to tell you...I have found my Bread! I've been seeing recipes on this and other sites where the bread is baked in a cast iron Dutch oven. I broke down and bought an inexpensive one; just a simple cast iron pot & lid like you'd use for camping.
The recipe is so simple, so good. You mix the dough and let it sit for 12-18 hours and bake this shaggy dough you've turned into a small round loaf and WHAMMO... crusty, chewy, yummy deliciousness. THE Best Crusty Bread (Dutch Oven)

Roberta Savio
Nov 5, 2011

Newbie to group

Hi all I'm Roberta and live in Central Virginia, originally from NY/NJ. You can't buy Italian bread anywhere here and we miss it so much. I am not that good of a bread baker and hope to find some recipes that I can take
I have a group called sicilian favorites come and check us out and join if you like.
Thanks bunches

Pat DiMercurio
Oct 13, 2011

whole wheat white

Hi Gang, do any of you use whole wheat white flour instead of all purpose flour? I thought I had AP flour & it was whole wheat white (King Arthur). I'm trying a recipe that calls for AP. The king arthur bag info suggests using 1/2 WWW for the AP. I'd like to use all WWW. ANyone ever do this? What were your results?