This recipe for low carb rustic Italian bread is a real yeast bread with a soft chewy inside and a nice thick crust.
Step 1. In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup warm (like bath water) water, sugar, and yeast until dissolved. Cover the bowl and allow to sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
Step 2. In a large bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients.
Step 3. Add yeast mixture, remaining 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water and olive oil to the dry ingredients and mix well with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer or a wooden spoon.
Step 4. Knead the dough for 3 minutes until it’s well combined. Use the dough hook of a stand mixer or your hands. Don’t over knead.
Step 5. Form the dough into an oval shape on a greased cookie sheet. Put the dough in a warm dry place and allow it to rise for 1 hour.
Step 6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and melt the butter in the microwave.
Step 7. Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the crust is browned and the bread makes a hollow sound when you tap the bottom. The internal temperature should be between 190-200 degrees F. Check by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the side of the bread loaf. The closer to 200 degrees it gets, the crustier the bread.
Step 8. Allow to cool for 1 hour before cutting.
*The sugar will be converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide in the fermentation process so the carbohydrates are canceled out. The sugar has been left out of the nutritional info.
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