Stand Mixer Italian Bread

Stand Mixer Italian Bread on The Creekside CookI have to be honest and tell you that I would love a do-over for this year so far. It's been a difficult one, to say the least. I'll get into some of it in posts to come probably.

But - I'm looking forward now, and this recipe is a good place to begin. It's from my old blog actually, but a year-round treat that we always enjoy. The fact that it is dead easy doesn't hurt either.

Making bread can seem daunting if it's not been your thing before, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. I grew up in a bread making family - both my Mom and her Mom went through periods when they made all of their own bread. I learned how to knead from them - how long, the best way to do it, how to tell when it's ready.

What's that you say? Your mom didn't teach you how to knead homemade bread?

Not to worry - if you have a stand mixer, you don't have to worry about kneading, because the mixer does all the work! Sweet, huh?

To tell you the truth, I rarely knead any bread by hand anymore, though some are more difficult to judge than others, as to how much is enough. I'm going to take the guesswork out of it for you though - this is a simple method, and one that has never failed me.

And because s...

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