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Cheesy Italian Bread

Rated as 4.68 out of 5 Stars

"This crusty bread is as big a treat today as it was when Mom made it back when I was growing up. It goes so well with an Italian meal or alongside a big bowl of soup. --Cookie Curci-Wright, San Jose, California"
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Ingredients

40 m servings
Original recipe yields 32 servings

Directions

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  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the sugar, salt, garlic salt, cheese and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each half into a 14-in. loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Brush loaves with water. Make three diagonal slashes about 1/2 in. deep with a very sharp knife in each loaf.
  5. Fill a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan with 1 in. of hot water and place on the bottom oven rack. Preheat to 400 degrees F. Bake loaves for 20-25 minutes. Remove to wire racks.

Footnotes

  • Diabetic Exchanges: One slice equals 1 starch; also, 60 calories, 102 mg sodium, 2 mg cholesterol, 11 gm carbohydrate, 2 gm protein, 1 gm fat.

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Great. My second time making yeast bread. I mixed this in my KitchenAid. Used fresh garlic, 1/2 grated and 1/2 shredded parmesan, and added Italian herb blend. I didn't have any cornmeal, but ba...

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I've tried to make this recipe 3 times now. I think I'm doing something wrong.....it never rises....All of my other yeast breads rise, but not this one. I can't figure out why

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Great. My second time making yeast bread. I mixed this in my KitchenAid. Used fresh garlic, 1/2 grated and 1/2 shredded parmesan, and added Italian herb blend. I didn't have any cornmeal, but ba...

We all enjoyed this tasty bread Cookie. I used garlic powder instead of the salt and added in some Italian seasonings. I brushed the top with an egg wash and sprinkled on more garlic powder and ...

Awesome italian bread! We loved it! The texture was perfect. The only changes I made were: added some italian seasoning to the dough and used parmesan b/c I didn't have any romano cheese. Th...

I made this today, adding in a tsp. of italian seasoning, used plain salt, and added garlic powder and onion powder. I proofed my yeast in my Kitchen Aid mixer's bowl for ten minutes with the su...

Really delicious. Moist and warm, add a little butter and it was perfect! I may play with the recipe next time (add more cheese!).

this bread was wonderful. everyone in my family really enjoyed it. my husband says it tastes like store-bought bread. i have tried to make other types of bread in the past and failed miserably. ...

This was amazing! I did use real garlic and parmesan since that was all I had. The texture is lovely and perfect, and the flavour is divine. Will certainly make again and we also want to try it ...

This is so good! This bread is so easy to make. My kids loved it. I brushed it with butter mixed with garlic. Thanks for the recipe!

I had my doubts about this bread since it is made in so little time (I love making sourdough bread that takes days for the flavor to develop!) but was very pleased with this recipe! It has lots...