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There are many different kinds of Italian breads. Italy was once made up of a number of independent states, and each developed its own favorite bread. The distinquishing characteristic of most Italian bread is not with the dough itself, but in the shaping, slashing and baking of the bread.

Tuscan Bread

Tuscan Bread with Bruschetta



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Italian Bread

Batards

This Italian Bread is made with a biga. A biga is the Italian version of a firm pre-ferment. This formula also incorporates diastatic malt powder to give the loaves a beautiful color.

Biscotti Picante

Biscotti Picanti (aka Sicilian Spicy Rusks)

A twice-baked bread made with all-purpose and semolina flours and flavored with dry white wine, white sesame seeds, anise seed and olive oil.

Chocolate Panettone

Chocolate Almond Panettone

This easy and tasty Panettone recipe is a batter bread that requires no kneading and is baked in coffee cans.

Ciabatta

Ciabatta

Ciabatta is an Italian bread made in the shape of a slipper.

Ciabatti with Olive Oil and Wheat Germ

Ciabatta with Olive Oil & Wheat Germ

Ciabatta dough is very wet and slack so you typically don’t shape this bread, you just divide the dough and stretch out the pieces a little bit.

Crostini

Crostini

This Crostini is made with Jim Lahey's No Knead Method and topped with homemade Roasted Red Pepper Spread

European Style Bread

European-Style Bread

These batards (or Italian-style loaves), feature a crunchy crust and chewy interior marked by irregular holes and are a perfect accompaniment to any meal.

Grilled Herb Focaccia 

Focaccia - Grilled Herb

Focaccia can be flat, raised, round, oblong or freeform. Make it with plain dough or dough with added oil and herbs.

focaccia

Focaccia - Popped Amaranth

Popped Amaranth enhances the flavor of this focaccia and gives it a lighter texture.

Rosemary Pine Nut Focaccia

Focaccia - Rosemary and Pine Nut

The rosemary aroma is heavenly and the toasted pine nuts give this focaccia an exceptional flavor. 

Italian Bread

Italian Bread

This Italian Bread is made with a biga. A biga is the Italian version of a firm pre-ferment.

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Italian Bread 101 (Bread Machine)

You know that Italian bread you get at the supermarket? This Italian bread recipe will create that loaf...

Italian Bread Bowls

Italian Bread Bowls

These bread bowls are made using Italian Bread dough.

Italian Challah

Italian Challah

Instead of being shaped in the traditional freeform 3-strand braid, this challah is baked in a loaf pan.

Italian Easter Braids

Italian Easter Braids

This traditional Italian Easter Bread, shaped into small braids and formed into rings, makes a beautiful presentation.

Italian Easter Bread

Italian Easter Bread

This bread is known as Colomba Pasquale, Easter dove bread, a native of Lombardy in the north, but available everywhere when Easter rolls around.

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Italian Herb Bread (Gluten-Free)

This gluten free Italian Bread recipe is also milk-free.

Italian Olive Oil Bread

Italian Olive Oil Bread Pane Allo'Ollio (Bread Machine)

The dough for this Italian Olive Oil Bread or PANE ALL'OLIO is made in the bread machine and then baked on a baking stone to create a crisp, golden crust with a chewy interior.

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Italian Panettone (Bread Machine)

Italian Panettone is a traditional, rich Christmas bread originating in Milan. This bread machine version is from the book "Bread Machine Magic" (Lois Conway & Linda Rehberg).




No Knead Ciabatta

No Knead Ciabatta

This is a no knead version of Ciabatta. It doesn't require kneading, but it does require a little bit of shaping.

Italian Spelt Bread

No Knead Italian Spelt Bread

This bread is adapted from one of the Healthy Bread in Five Minutes’ breads: Il Bollo, an Italian Challah shaped like a ball. 

No Knead Pizza Dough

No Knead Pizza Dough

This pizza is made with No-Knead Pizza Dough using Jim Lahey’s no knead method.

Pain Rustique

Pain Rustique

Pain Rustique, as the name suggests, is a rustic loaf of bread.  It is made with an overnight poolish and shaped freeform in a fashion similar to Ciabatta. 

Panettone

Panettone

This bread is made with an enriched dough with butter and sugar and filled with dried and brandied candy and almonds.

Pizza Recipes 

Pizza Recipes

There are numerous methods and techniques for making delicious pizza. We invite you try a few and decide which recipe and method you like the best.

Potato Rosemary Bread

Potato Rosemary Bread

If you're looking for a good use for leftover mashed potatoes, this is about as good as it gets.  

Pugliese

Pugliese

Pugliese is similar to ciabatta but Pugliese is usually baked in rounds rather than in the slipper shape of ciabatta.

Rustic Whole Wheat Bread

Rustic European Whole Wheat Bread

This bread is round shaped and slightly porous. It is a rather wet dough so it's best to form it by the sink so you can wet your hands frequently to keep the dough from sticking.

Semolina Breads

Semolina Breads

Semolina provides a sweetness and almost winey aroma to breads.

Stollen

Stollen

This version of Stollen can be made in a fairly reasonable amount of time, about 4 hours from start to finish due to the strong sponge that leavens the dough at a brisk pace. 

Christmas Stollen

Stollen - Christmas

This Stollen is a Healthy Bread in Five Christmas Stollen BBA-Style.

Tuscan Bread

Tuscan Bread

This Tuscan Bread is a saltless bread but it's not dull or flat tasting. It has a wonderful, slightly sweet flavor.

Tuscan Bread

Tuscan Bread (Pane Toscano)

The legend goes that Italians created this bread without salt because of the high tariffs on salt generations ago.



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Source:
Ingram, Christine and Shapter, Jennie. Bread: The breads of the world and how to bake them at home. 2006 Hermes House.

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