Italian Country Bread

Pan pugliese

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Preparation info

  • Makes

    1

    large loaf
    • Difficulty

      Medium

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Making Bread at Home

Making Bread at Home

By Tom Jaine

Published 2005

  • About

This flavorous country bread comes from the heel of Italy, Apulia. It has tenderness from the olive oil, lots of taste from the biga, and a deep crust into the bargain. Were it made by an Italian farmer’s wife and taken to the village bakehouse to be cooked, it would be proved in a cloth-lined basket and turned out on to a baker’s peel before being slipped on to the floor of the oven. The same technique can be followed at home but manoeuvring this soft loaf on to a peel and slipping it on t