Friday 22 March 2013

food love: italian filled bread - tortano.

i found this wonderful receipt on the kleiderkreisel blog and needed to try it myself! it's an italian bread, filled with basil, dry-cured ham and mozarella cheese. so delicious and really easy to make!

looks nice, huh?
do you want to try it yourself? really, it's absolutely easy to make it, although it looks very tricky.

here's the receipt!

for the dough you need ...
  • 15g of fresh yeast
  • 300ml of lukewarm wather
  • 2tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1tbsp. of honey
  • 300-350g of flour
  • 170g of durum wheat semolina
  • salt, pepper

for the filling you need ...
  • 250g of dry-cured ham
  • 250g mozarella cheese
  • fresh basil

let's come to the preparation.
  1. liquidate the yeast in the lukewarm water and mix it with the olive oil, honey and a bit of salt.
  2. now by and by add the durum wheat semolina and the flour. the dough needs to be flexible, yet not too liquid!
  3. now prove the dough for at least half an hour.
  4. flour your worktop. try not to knead the dough and roll it until it has a thickness of 1cm.
  5. cut the mozarella and spread it with the ham and basil on your dough. you can also spice it up with a little salt and pepper. i loved to vary the filling with basil AND arugula and added a pinch of garlic granule - it tastes even better this way!
  6. now roll up the dough and give it the shape of a crescent.
  7. now you need to preheat your oven on 250°C. put your bread on a floured baking plate ( instead you could also use baking paper) and prove it again for at least 20 minutes.
  8. decrease the temperature of the oven on 200°C and bake your tortano for approx. 30 minutes, until it has a golden brown crust.
  9. you're done! enjoy :)
the tortano tastes the best when it's freshly baken. it's a nice and communicative dish and tastes absolutely gorgeous when you dip it in crème fraîche. you won't need anything else

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