Archive for category: bread

Guide To Wood Burning Pizza Ovens And Fornos

Guide To Wood Burning Pizza Ovens And Fornos

Wood burning ovens are superb at many things including roasting meats, pizzas, breads, vegetables, etc. In fact, some of the very best food I’ve tasted has come out of our Aunt Giovanna’s olive wood fired oven in southern Italy (via her Panificio), including a wide variety of durum wheat breads. In fact, the very best breads in all of Italy [...]

Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomato Crostini

Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomato Crostini

Our Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomato Crostini combines creamy homemade ricotta with sweet and tangy sun dried tomatoes (specifically, cherry tomatoes cured in extra virgin olive oil with salt, garlic, and herbs).   Crostini are perfect pre-dinner snacks and are wonderful accompanied by a delicate aperitif and/or glass of prosecco.  You’ll find various crostini offered at Italian cafes and bars and [...]

Italian White Corn Bread

Italian White Corn Bread

Italian Corn Bread When my wife (then girlfriend) visited my parent’s home for her first Italian themed Thanksgiving she was bewildered by the selection of non traditional Thanksgiving day foods such as pasta, salumi, olives, various vegetables, nuts, fruits, cheeses, and pastries (I offered no explanation, but suggested she eat as much as possible so as to not offend the [...]

Filone – Every Day Italian Bread

Filone – Every Day Italian Bread

Early on in life I was exposed to the critical Italian food philosophy of “bread is king”  That is to say, a dinner or lunch didn’t pass by where bread wasn’t present on the table (specifically, Filone – Every Day Italian Bread).   In fact, dinner couldn’t begin until bread was brought to the table; as my father and grandfather suggested [...]

Pizzette

Pizzette

If you travel to any panificio or bakery in Italy (and even some State side establishments) you’re bound to run across pizzette or bite-sized little pizzas with a variety of simple toppings.  Pizzette are made with a simple tomato sauce and high quality extra virgin olive oil including the same toppings you’ll find on most pizzas.   Most Italian bakeries make [...]

Friselle Bread

Friselle Bread

Friselle bread, at times referred to as freselle, frisedde, fresedde, frise, are made from durum wheat.  Friselle are baked twice and usually have a rough side and smooth side.  Friselle are found throughout all of Italy but especially popular in southern Italy (Apulia, Calabria, Campania, etc.).  Friselle have a very long shelf life and were especially popular during difficult, economic, [...]

Pane in Cassetta (Grilled or Toasted Panino) with Prosciutto di Parma, Cheese, and Pane Pugliese

Pane in Cassetta (Grilled or Toasted Panino) with Prosciutto di Parma, Cheese, and Pane Pugliese

One of the most ubiquitous panini (plural for sandwich) in all of the Italy is prosciutto and cheese.  In fact, I made so many of the aforementioned panini in Italy one summer (helping Zia Teresa in her small shop) I thought all Italians survived on prosciutto (or prosciutto cotto <steam cooked Parma ham>) and cheese alone. Italian’s fascination with panini are easily understand and well placed when [...]

Italian Onion Soup with Fontina and Thyme

Italian Onion Soup with Fontina and Thyme

(photo: courtesy of Dr. K.; from a clockwise position: raw onions, reduced onions, water added to reduced onions, onions prior to cooking, and finished product). When our die hard fan Dr. K. mentioned he tried a new recipe from Michael Ruhlman’s excellent new cookbook Twenty I was eager to hear which dish he attempted.  And when Dr. K. sent us photos [...]

The Gracious Gourmet Spreads and Tapenades

The Gracious Gourmet Spreads and Tapenades

Over the last few years there’s been renewed interest on the topic of what makes people happy (or happiness studies).  ”Renewed” is probably the wrong word since humans have been chasing fulfillment and happiness since we picked up traits such as language, consciousness, and the need to write things down and keep records.  The interest in happiness I’m talking about [...]

Panificio or Italian Bakery: The Bread of Italy

Panificio or Italian Bakery: The Bread of Italy

To say that bread is an important part of day-to-day life in Italy would be an understatement.  In fact, it’s more likely that the Italian political and economic system will be reformed over the next couple of years than it is that Italians will change their longstanding relationship with pane or bread.   Most modern Italians still buy artisanal bread [...]