Crusty Bread

Pani ‘ncrustatu

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sicilian Feasts

By Giovanna Bellia La Marca

Published 2023

  • About

I use SAF Gold instant dry yeast. It’s added to the flour, and doesn’t need to proof. It’s good for general bread making, as well as for sweet breads and sourdoughs. It’s available through The Baker’s Catalogue. Regular yeast can be substituted in equal amounts.



  • cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast


Mix all sponge ingredients, cover, and let rise overnight at room temperature.

To make the bread

Stir 2 cups warm water into the sponge. Place the flour and instant yeast in the bowl of your mixer, add the sponge mixture, and using the dough hook, mix at sl