How to make an authentic Italian bread

Grandma’s easy authentic Italian bread. You know that Italian bread you get at the supermarket, the crunchy braid loaded with sesame seeds? You’ve found a recipe for that delicious loaf. Dish up the pasta! Prep 15 mins. to 25 mins. Bake 25 mins. to 35 mins. Total 11 hrs 10 mins. to 16 hrs SERVING: Yield 1 large loaf INGREDIENTS: Overnight starter 3/4 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1/2 cup lukewarm water 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast Dough 2 teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast 3/4 cup lukewarm water 2 3/4 cups  Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1 1/4 teaspoons salt Topping 1 large egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon water sesame seeds METHOD: To make the starter: Mix the starter ingredients in a small bowl, cover, and let rest at room temperature overnight. Combine the starter and the remainder of the dough ingredients. Mix, then knead the dough — by hand, mixer, or bread machine set on the dough cycle — to make a soft, fairly smooth dough. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl or bucket, and allow the dough to rise for 90 minutes, turning it over and gently deflating it after … Continue reading How to make an authentic Italian bread