Italian Bread Ring


1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
8 cups flour
5 tablespoons butter, cut into bits and softened
1 tablespoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 to 3 cups warm water


In small bowl proof yeast in ¼ cup warm water and sugar In large bowl combine flour, butter, and salt. Blend in yeast mixture and eggs and gradually add 2 to 3 cups warm water enough to make a soft dough. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in warm place for 2 hours, or until double in bulk. Punch down dough. Sprinkle a greased or Teflon-coated baking sheet with cornmeal. Form dough into a ring on baking sheet, let rise for 10 minutes, and bake in preheated 400 degrees F oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F and bake 1-½ hours more or until lightly browned. Cool on rack.


Makes 1 ring

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