Prep 3 hrs
Cook 35 mins
This is a wonderful recipe from www.nolacuisine.com/2005/08/21/muffuletta-bread-recipe/ . The right bread makes this special sandwich perfect. I plan to use my trusty 16 yo Panasonic ABM to make the dough. Will raise then shape by hand for second rise & bake as directed in the oven.
For the Dough
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons iodized salt
- 2 tablespoons lard
- sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
For the Egg Wash
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Combine the water, yeast and sugar in the workbowl of a stand mixer, stir well and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until good and foamy.
- Meanwhile, combine the flours, salt, and lard in a bowl and work in the fat with your hands until broken up into very small pieces.
- When the yeast is foamy, fit the mixer with a dough hook attachment and gradually add the flour on low speed until its all incorporated. Scrape the sides down between additions. When the dough comes together, turn it onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5-10 minutes, adding more flour if necessary. Alternatively, you can let the machine do the work.
- Coat a large bowl with the Olive Oil, then put the dough in, turning once to coat both sides. Cover loosely with a clean dry towel, or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 hours.
- Punch the dough down and shape into a flat round about 9 inches across (it will expand to about 10″.) Place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds, about 2-3 Tbsp should do it, then press them lightly into the dough. Loosely cover the loaf and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- When the dough has risen, remove the cover, gently brush with the egg wash then gently place into a preheated 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to 375 degrees F for an additional 25 minutes or until it’s golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
It was time for more bread making. My oven weeps, screams and moans if not used regularly. I think it just wants a little love.