How To Make Whole Wheat Italian Bread

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    International chef Amy Riolo demonstrates how to make a hearty no knead Italian wheat bread.

    Amy Riolo: There are hundreds of kinds of whole-wheat bread on the market, but nothing beats fresh out-of-the-oven bread. Today, I'll show you how to make my rustic Italian whole-wheat bread which requires no kneading and taste delicious. So the first thing we need to do whenever we make bread is to proof our yeast. And we do that by combining our yeast into a little bit of warm water. Now we can go ahead and get started. So I'm going to combine two cups of whole-wheat flour and one cup of all-purpose flour and I'll just pulse this on and off. So now that our flours are mixed together, I'll add a little bit of salt and then I'm going to add in a few tablespoons of olive oil. So now I'm going to go ahead and continue mixing. And now that we've got all of our dry ingredients and our olive oil combined, I'm going to go ahead and add the water and yeast mixture. And I can add this in right while it's running and that will kind of take care of my kneading and make sure that all of this yeast mixture gets cut in really well to the dough. And that's it, and you can see how the ball of dough looks right now. I am just going to flour my work surface. So what I'm going to do here is just form it into a ball and you see I'm taking my hand and kind of cupping it underneath here. It makes like a little ball shape and that's exactly what we want. Now I'm going to put some olive oil in the bottom of my pan and then I'm going to take my cornmeal and just sprinkle that right on top of the olive oil and then I'm going to set it right down in the middle of the pan. So now we can just cover our bread with a kitchen towel, let it rise for an hour at room temperature, and what we're going to do now is, we're going to make a little incision in the top of the loaf. And then I'm just going to brush it with some olive oil. Now I've got my oven preheated to 375 and we're going to bake this for about 25-30 minutes or just until it's golden. Here's a trick. If you want to know that the bread is cooked all the way through, rap on it. And if you hear that it's very hollow on the inside, then you know that it's completely cooked through. And there you have our rustic Italian whole-wheat bread. Enjoy!