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Italian Bread

Italian Bread. A hearth bread (q.v.) of Italian origin, generally with an elongated loaf (q.v.) form. It is produced from a lean dough (q.v.) made from strong wheat flour (q.v.), water, yeast (q.v.) and salt, with low levels of sugar (q.v.) and shortening (q.v.) being optional. It is baked under conditions that yield an amber-colored, thin and crisp crust (q.v.).