Weekend cooking: Italian homemade bread

For one of my Thursday 13 posts I was looking for an image of bread and came across one at Stock Exchange. The photographer had not only posted the picture but also gave the ingredients to make the bread. Not that it was complicated anyway, just a basic yeast bread. But the bread looked yummy and I thought how hard can it be to make bread out of four ingredients.

So I made it the same afternoon and it turned out quite lovely. There, stock photo sites can even broaden your cooking horizon.

Italian homemade bread


  • 500g flour
  • 30g fresh yeast
  • 300ml water
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • I added: some salt

bread1 Just prepare a yeast dough as usual, after letting it rise, form some balls –they don’t need to be particularly round or even –, put them on a tray and let them rise a bit more. Then bake in the oven. I baked them at about 200C for ten minutes and at 170C for another 25 minutes. Someone suggested to put a pot with water at the bottom of the oven to make the bread more crusty.



bread2 The bread did turn out quite crusty, but I don’t know whether it wouldn’t have anyway, even without the water.







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    • I’m not very familiar with yeast doughs myself, so I had to look around a bit for a recipe to tell me when to let it rise etc. but it was not hard to do at all. And it is so fascinating to see the dough become bigger and bigger, :). You def should give it a try.


  1. Ooh, I love a nice crusty bread! How can you go wrong with only 4 ingredients. Sounds good to me.


    • Heather, I simply use warm water, no matter the temperature. So far it has always turned out ok. In our recipes it always calls for “warm water” without giving any specific temperature.


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