This has been a really social week, most likely due to my birthday…was handled to breakfast, lunch, and dinner by totally different neighbors on the precise birthday, plus have been taken out to lunch a number of days earlier than. Partly due to that, I am posting final minute…nevertheless it’s well worth the wait.

Aparna of My Numerous Kitchen is our fabulous Kitchen of the Month and she or he selected a layered bread from Italy, Sfincione Bagharese, for February. I made half the recipe given as a result of we have already indulged fairly a bit, so did not should be tempted by an excessive amount of scrumptious freshly baked bread. I additionally disregarded all of the cheese and added in some chopped walnuts to the bread crumb topping, plus used almond milk ricotta as a substitute of the common dairy based mostly ricotta cheese. Having an excessive allergy to dairy could be a trial with this type of recipe which makes use of various totally different cheeses. My bread most likely tastes nothing like the true factor, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an ideal bread. Sweetie had two items, I had one, and the remainder went to a neighbor as a result of, hey, we’ve had an indulgent weekend.

I made my dough pretty hydrated because it was going to enter a flat pan and did not want to carry it is form by itself. Even so, the crumb had small holes not massive ones such as you typically get with moist dough, however it’s moist. I used all-purpose flour and bread flour and topped it with the onions, the ricotta and a bread crumb combination that included Greek herb combine as a substitute of oregano, plus chopped walnuts and a contact of olive oil since there is no such thing as a cheese… the oil will helped the crumbs maintain collectively and would have browned properly if I had been watching. As a substitute, the highest burned a bit, however nonetheless tasted nice. It was a aromatic in addition to scrumptious bread so I encourage you to make it. 

Do think about changing into a Buddy. Bake your model of this bread, then ship Aparna the URL of your put up, a quick description of the bake and a photograph. She’ll ship you a badge and can put up your bread within the round-up. Deadline to electronic mail Aparna is Feb. twenty eighth.

Remember to try the breads baked by the opposite Bread Baking Babes, too. There are at all times creative takes on our month-to-month bread problem.


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 and different sources on the web)


For the Poolish :

150 g plain flour

150 ml water

1 tsp dry energetic yeast

1/2 tsp sugar

For the Dough :

All of the Poolish from above

150 gm all-purpose flour

250 gm semolina flour (I used bread flour)

300 ml water (roughly)

30 ml olive oil

15 gm salt

For the Onion Layer :

4 to five medium sized onions

20 to 30 ml olive oil

Salt to style

For the Cheese Layer : I skipped most of this layer due
to dairy allergic reactions

10 to 12 anchovies in oil

300 gm Tuma or Primo Sale cheese, sliced

400 gm Ricotta, sliced

For the Breadcrumbs Layer :

Some chopped scallions (if you’ll find them)

4 to six slices of contemporary bread

100 gm grated Caciocavallo cheese (disregarded)

Salt to style

Crimson chilli flakes or crushed pepper to style

1 tsp dried oregano


Additionally two very nicely oiled spherical 23cm trays



Make the Poolish by mixing collectively in a medium
sized bowl the flour, dry yeast, sugar, and water till a sticky dough is
obtained. Add extra water if mandatory to realize this. Cowl loosely with a
plastic movie and go away to rise for about 2 hours. The polish must be considerably
bubbly and have doubled in measurement.


Make the dough by hand or use a kneading
machine. Combine collectively the flours, water (roughly as required), oil and the
poolish. The dough shall be sticky. Add the salt and knead until it’s smooth, very
pliable and easy. Form it right into a spherical and place it in a bowl greased with
olive oil. Cowl the bowl loosely and go away it to rise until double in quantity.
Mine took about 2 hours.

Prepare dinner the onions.
 Whereas the dough is rising, get
the toppings prepared. Warmth the oil in a pan and add the sliced onions. Sprinkle a
little salt and prepare dinner the onions on low to medium warmth till they flip
translucent and smooth. Don’t brown or caramelize them. In the event that they flip too dry,
sprinkle a bit of water whereas cooking them. Take the pan off warmth and allow them to
cool to room temperature.

Put together the breadcrumb combination.
 Run the bread
slices (with or with out crusts) in a meals processor to make the crumbs. Put the
breadcrumbs in a bowl. Combine along with the oil, salt, pink chilli flakes (or
crushed pepper) chopped scallions/ spring onions, oregano and grated cheese.
The feel must be of free however moist crumbs.


As soon as the dough has risen, gently knead to deflate it.
Divide it into two equal parts. Press out every portion right into a roughly 9-inch
circle (or oval) utilizing your fingers. If the dough feels sticky, oil your
fingers frivolously. Place within the oiled trays. I used a pie dish. Let the dough
rise once more, for about an hour until virtually double in thickness and fairly puffy.

High with anchovy, then the cooked onions. Subsequent comes the
Ricotta and Tuma/ Primo Sale cheeses. Make certain to cowl the floor of the
dough evenly. End layering by spreading the breadcrumb combination on the highest.


Bake the Sfincione at 250C (480F) on the underside shelf of the
oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. The beneath of the bread ought to turn out to be
golden and crisp. Then transfer the pan to the center shelf of the oven and bake
for an additional 10 minutes or so, till it’s crisp and golden brown on the highest as
nicely. Take away from the oven and let it cool.

Lower and serve. Leftovers could be refrigerated for as much as 2



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