Homemade Italian Bread


Homemade Italian bread is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed in numerous ways. It can be used to make paninis, bruschetta, or toasted for crostini.

 Active sourdough starter Water Salt Bread flour


Mix water, salt, and starter in a large bowl. Stir in flour to form a sticky dough. Knead briefly if needed. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.

 Stretch and fold dough by pulling and folding it over itself every 30 minutes, 4 times total.

Transfer dough to a pan, cover, and rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 4 hours. Refrigerate overnight.

Turn dough onto a floured surface. Pat into a rectangle and cut into 4 pieces. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise 1 hour.

Bake 10 minutes at 475F, then 10 minutes at 450F. 1. Cool 20-30 minutes before serving.