Food for thought: Italian Bread

Hello everyone, I am sharing with you today how to make Italian Bread in less than 2 hours and in a very simple way. When I bake bread or cake, I always use vanilla extract. It’s optional but I love the smell of vanilla when baking. So, it’s up to you to add vanilla or not, whichever you prefer. I hope you’ll find the preparation very simple and enjoy.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or margarine
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water

Preparations: 1 hr 45 min

  • Grease cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal
  • Combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, vanilla and oil
  • Add warm water and mix well until the dough is sticky
  • Put some oil on your hands and form the dough into an oblong about 14 inches long
  • Beat egg together with 1 tbsp of water and brush the dough
  • Put onto the greased cookie sheet, cover with saran wrap or clean cloth and let it rise for an hour or until double
  • Preheat oven to 375F and bake for about 25 minutes

Serve warm with cream cheese or butter and enjoy!

Published by Amazing Grace

Hi there, my name is Grace M Dy and I always called myself as “Dy Amazing Grace”. I am a blessed with two children David and Charmaine. I live to laugh, love, travel and cook and bake sometimes. I love the nature especially the oceans and the smell of the rainforest. I travel a lot with my daughter and would like to share the places that we’ve been. I do cook and bake not as a professional one but just as a simple mom and I would like to share them with you all.

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