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Casatiello ( italian Easter bread )

This recipe comes from south Italy, and it's traditionally served on Easter day and the day after! It's a delicious rich brioche filled with a mix of different cheeses ( Emmental, gruviera, provolone ) and cured meat (salami, pancetta, ham). This is the king of the table on Easter day, but, for to be honest, I love it any time of the year! Just put it on the middle of the table and see it disappear piece by piece! A mixed salad, some more cured meat like mortadella, salame, some cheeses, soft boiled eggs, grilled vegetables and that's it! And if you go on a picnic and you wanna impress everyone, bring it over and see people looking at you as the best Baker of the world!

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Preferment

500g strong bread flour (13% proteins)

250g eggs

5g fresh Baker yeast (or 3g dry)

Make the preferment by mixing these ingredients and let it proof until triple size.

Final dough

Ingredients

Preferment

25g sugar

10g salt

100g water

100g lard

5g fresh yeast ( or 3g dry)

Pinch of pepper

Method

Mix the ingredients together in a stand mixer for about 15 minutes, or until the dough get strong, make a ball, let it rest 30 minutes covered, then fold it and wait further 30 minutes. Now roll the dough into a rectangle, sprinkle the mix of cheeses and meats on it and roll it on itself, close the 2 ends like a ringt and put it into a well greased oven pan ( I used a Dutch oven pan with 2 greased ramekins in the middle for keeping the ring shape),  let it proof til soft like a cloud, eggwash the top with a quick mix of 1 egg and 3 tbsp of milk, and pop into the preheated oven at 180°C until golden and reach 98°C in the middle! Let it cool thoroughly on a cooling rack before enjoying it!

Happy Easter from

The Sugarsmith and the white witch

 

Added by: Giuseppe


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