Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

When only bread will do

  • Print

There are three things in life I would find hard to live without (well... I'm sure there are more). I call them the "holy trinity" of food. Cheese, bread and wine.

I find baking very relaxing, and there is nothing more inviting than the smell of home-baked bread.

Cultures and countries have their own traditional and favourite breads, and I enjoy experimenting with them. Some can be really complicated to achieve the correct result, but others are easy.

This particular variety is from central Italy and is easy to make.

It is great fresh out of the oven served with soup or cheese and a glass of red wine. It is also great toasted the next day with jam for breakfast.

Now, when you read the method, please don't think I'm crazy or trying to fool you. Yes, you put the bread in a cold oven and then turn the oven on. As the oven heats up, the bread rises and bakes to a delicious brown crust and a soft and light crumb.

Pagnotta

1/2 oz instant yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 tsp sugar

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup warm water, extra

extra plain flour

1. Dissolve the sugar in the water, sprinkle the yeast on top, cover and stand in warm place 10 minutes or until mixture is slightly foamy.

2. Sift flour and salt into large bowl, make well in centre, pour in yeast mixture, oil and extra water.

3. Mix with your hand, until dough starts to leave side of the basin. Gather the dough together and keep kneading lightly until a smooth dough is formed. You may need a little extra water or flour to achieve this.

4. Place dough in a large plastic bag, seal with rubber band, stand in warm place about 30 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

5. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, knead lightly just to deflate, using as little flour as possible.

6. Shape into a round, place on lightly greased oven tray, dust top thickly with extra flour, slash top as for a round opening on the top of the loaf, about 1" deep slashes. Put dough in cold oven, turn to 350 F and bake 45 minutes.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2013 D14

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart - I Just Want A Race

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Korea Veterans Association stained glass window at Deer Lodge Centre. Dedication with Minister of Veterans Affairs Dr. Rey Pagtakhan. March 12, 2003.
  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA 100527-Winnipeg Free Press THe Provencher Foot Bridge is lit up

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Does Canada need a national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google