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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Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 servings
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brush loaves with water. Make three diagonal slashes about 1/2 in. deep with a very sharp knife in each loaf.

  • 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.

Tips

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.

Nutrition Facts

56 calories; protein 1.9g; carbohydrates 10.3g; fat 0.6g; cholesterol 1.9mg; sodium 115.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (44)

Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2008
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 baked it on parchment and it turned out fine. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2007
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 sesame seeds. House smelled so good while it was baking. Yum and thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2010
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. The aroma of this bread baking was incredible! The Hubster said it was the best bread he's ever had. Thanks for the recipe! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2008
Really delicious. Moist and warm, add a little butter and it was perfect! I may play with the recipe next time (add more cheese!). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
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 sugar, then added in all the dry ingredients, and kneaded the dough with the bread hook for five minutes. I then formed it into a loaf and plopped it into a greased loaf pan and covered it with a damp towel and let it rise on the hot oven for an hour or so. It looks great! I plan on pairing this loaf with the Meaty Spaghetti Sauce from this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
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 as breadsticks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2008
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 one is so easy it's hard to screw it up. you can't really taste the garlic or the cheese, but i'm sure they do something for it. i will be using this recipe often. perhaps next time i will put some parmesan on top. thanks for the keeper recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2009
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 of flavor for it's short time rising! I made it to go with our Christmas Eve Bouillabaisse and it was a hit! I sliced open the cooled loaves, smeared with garlic butter and shoved them under the broiler. We used them to sop up the soup and it was EXCELLENT! Thanks for the great recipe, Cookie... it will be my go-to when I need same day bread! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
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! Read More
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