Rustic bread

Ready in 20-30 mins

More effort

Makes 8
This is a traditional Sicilian bread that you can make in the morning to get ahead

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per bread

  • kcal137
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.94g
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  • 250g strong white bread flour



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200ml sparkling water
  • semolina, for sprinkling (optional)



    Semolina flour is pale-yellow in colour, high in gluten and used for traditionally made pasta,…

  • finely chopped rosemary and Maldon salt, for sprinklng



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Mix together the flour, yeast and 1/2 tsp salt. Add the oil, then pour in the water gradually, adding enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 4-5 mins until the dough feels strong, bouncy and has a silky feel to it.

  2. Cut the dough into 8 pieces, then roll out into rough rounds about 16-17cm in diameter. (Don’t pile them on top of each other or they will stick together.)

  3. Sprinkle a baking sheet or two with semolina if you have it, otherwise leave plain. Lay the breads on the sheets and let them sit for 5 mins, then scatter with rosemary, salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until puffy and golden. Can be made 3-4 hrs ahead.

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Comments (21)

ben21's picture

this was great so easy

ajbc's picture

I left mine standing for about 20 minutes before baking and they puffed up beautifully but needed a couple of minutes more cooking for me.

kirstydp's picture

Fantastic, easy to make bread! My daughter and I made this tonight easy, fun and tasty :-) we drizzled with pesto, was fab. Will make again.

amie_dee's picture

Delicious.. I used normal water and they still came out perfect.. I ate four! Haha.

phillcallender's picture

First time and it tastes great !!! we will just need to reduce the temp on the next batch

kmill03's picture

This is a wonderful recipe. It is quick and easy.
One tip: Mix ingredients by hand.

I will be using this recipe to make a house warming gift for our neighbors. (In Germany it is Customary to give bread and salt to new home owners)

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susiewilliams's picture

Can anyone please tell me what this picture of a spring-form cake tin has to do with the recipe for 8 individual pieces of bread?
Could Good Food help here?

michellecollins's picture

I made this and it was so easy but had a lovely taste / texture. I served it with baked camembert for a starter and the flavours worked well together

limefruitgum's picture

Sorry for being silly, but does it *have* to be sparkling water? The bread looks gorgeous, but I can't see myself nipping out to buy special water for it.

chaplainm's picture

I haven't made this yet. The dish that is in the photo got my attention. Anyone know what it is?

daiisyclews's picture

absolutely fab, followed the recipe to the letter and they were great, a huge it with everyone from the kids to the inlaws, will be a regular addition to our most made recipes :D

sonali80's picture

I had really high hopes for this as the dough was a great consistency. But I think I made the mistake of shaping them like buns and they were only OK.

Perhaps if I had flattened them, like the picture, they would be better.

4mutley's picture

The Olive oil made for a bitter taste and have since replaced with a basic sunflower oil with what would seem to be more successful...would make again and again though as kids love them with their curries or soups! :-)

gordge's picture

surprisingly easy to make and tasted nice- good with the sweet potato and chili soup

karrieanne's picture

I made this last night and it turned out awful, I'm still not sure why. It was hard and tasted like dough. I doubt i'll make it again.

lizmacau88's picture

Could this be frozen and then reheated in the oven to thaw? Sounds so quick and easy it would be nice to make a big batch to have on hand

hannalong's picture

GREAT! my family loved it with a bread that is suggetsted! WELL DONE

mgdafydd's picture

As said, very easy and very tasty! Made the dough 3-4 hours ahead and it was perfect.


Questions (1)

drummerlou92's picture

Could you make this with whole meal flour?

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