Growing up Italian certainly had its perks.
My favorite, of course, was the wonderful
aroma of fresh baked bread filling our home.
I was never able to wait until the loaf cooled
before cutting into it.
I try to carry on my family’s traditions
and make bread on occasion but when I tasted
this particular bread at my friend’s home,
all those childhood memories came flooding back to me.
It tastes so much like my grandmother’s and
wait until you see how EASY it is to make.
I’ve made six loaves already.
You actually never have to touch the dough.
It is ridiculously simple.
Now, go get some yeast, flour and water.
That’s all you need. ☺


3 C flour, bread flour, or whole-wheat flour
½ tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
~Blend together

1 ½ C hot water

~Stir into flour mixture. I use a spatula.
Dough gets very sticky. Do not over mix.

~Transfer to a lightly greased bowl;
cover with plastic wrap then wrap in a towel
and let sit on counter for 4 to 12 hours.
It really doesn’t matter.

Dough will get bubbly but remains sticky.
Dump onto a floured surface and
using a wide spatula or scraper,
fold dough over several times.
Transfer to a bowl lined with parchment paper.
Cover with a towel and set aside.

~Preheat over to 450˚.
Place a cast iron pot with lid or a Dutch oven
into oven for approx.. 15-20 minutes.
(Large or small, the size of the pot doesn’t really matter.
But it must be a very heavy pot.)
Carefully remove from over and
place dough with parchment paper into pot.
Cover and bake for 35 minutes.

Carefully remove from oven; remove parchment paper,
then return bread to oven without the lid
for approximately 15 more minutes.

Carefully remove bread from pot
and set on wire rack to cool.


•Does not stay fresh for more than 2 days.
But don’t worry; it will be gone before then. ☺
~Thank you Pam Demezza ♡


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