Italian Bread

This is a relatively quick bread to make – only taking about 3 hours total. It makes a massive loaf so you can divide the dough in half and make 2 smaller loaves if desired. When making the bread, you’ll find you need to add different amounts of flour depending on when you make this bread and the moisture level in the air. On a dry winter day, I needed 5 1/2 cups of flour to get to the right consistency.

Adding ice cubes just prior to baking helps create steam in the oven which gives a nice crust. Make sure that you only use a metal pan in the oven to hold the ice cubes. If you use a glass pan, it WILL shatter; the temperature change is too much for the glass to handle from the hot oven to the cold ice cubes.
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Dinner Rolls

These rolls are fluffy, relatively quick, and delicious. We liked them even better as a base for breakfast sandwiches due to their sweetness.

I normally avoid recipes that call for shortening, but I’ve discovered Spectrum Naturals All Vegetable Shortening and use it in place of normal shortening. I still don’t use it very often, but I like have any alternative.
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