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Do you bake homemade bread? I go through phases where I do more often, and then times when I just don’t. I think I forget how quick it can be, because if I remembered, I think I’d make it a lot more often.
This fast bread recipe is just 4 ingredients and is ready to eat in under an hour…start to finish!
Isn’t it pretty?! I brushed the top with a little butter for added flavor and shine after taking it out of the oven. Sadly, just like with people–pretty doesn’t always equal good and I made one fatal error with this loaf that I’ll warn you in advance not to make: I forgot the salt.
I’ve made this bread recipe a dozen times. It’s delicious! But bread without salt tastes like paste and there is (to my knowledge) no saving it once it’s baked. So I’ll say it again: Don’t forget the salt!
Easy Bread Recipe
One of the things that makes this bread recipe so easy is that there is no kneading involved, it’s all made in the mixer.
Mix your yeast with a little honey and warm water and let it sit until it’s foamy. Then add in your flour and salt and mix for several minutes. It’s my perfect kind of loaf…simple and rustic. No worries about perfection here. Just plop your dough down and stretch it out a bit into a longish shape.
I use my baking stone, but you could use a sheet pan as well (I’d probably either give a metal pan a spray or sprinkle a little cornmeal under the loaf to prevent sticking. Not necessary with a stone, though).
Baking stones tend to be either love ’em or hate ’em and I am definitely in the LOVE category. We use ours for everything from homemade pizza and cookies, to chicken nuggets, to bread of course!
Let it sit, covered with a clean towel, for about 20 minutes while your oven preheats. Cut a few slits in the top and bake it up.
Brushing it with butter is optional. I like the pretty shine and extra bit of flavor it adds, but it’s really not necessary.
I like to serve this with…well, just about anything. It’s perfect as is alongside a bowl of soup (this loaf was set to join a big pot of creamy chicken and rice soup), or anything saucy to dip it in (I’m thinking spaghetti or lasagna). But slather some butter, and maybe some honey or jam on top, and we love it with just about any main dish.
Give this one hour Italian bread recipe a try today!
Here’s the recipe: