Rustic bread

Rustic bread

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(16 ratings)

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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Ingredients

  • 250g strong white bread flour
    Flour

    Flour

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    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

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    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

    Semolina

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    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

    Rosemary

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

Method

  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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ben21
24th Feb, 2016
this was great so easy
ajbc
14th Oct, 2014
5.05
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
2nd Oct, 2013
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
29th Dec, 2012
5.05
Delicious.. I used normal water and they still came out perfect.. I ate four! Haha.
phillcallender
14th Nov, 2012
First time and it tastes great !!! we will just need to reduce the temp on the next batch
kmill03
15th Sep, 2012
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)
pslaughter
4th Feb, 2012
4.05
The other item in the photo is probably Sicilian Potato Cake, from the same magazine article. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2763/sicilian-potato-cake
fayeinmuscat
2nd Nov, 2011
5.05
fabulous!
susiewilliams
12th May, 2011
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
23rd Feb, 2011
5.05
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

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drummerlou92
13th Nov, 2013
Could you make this with whole meal flour?
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