Thursday, March 18, 2010

St. Joseph's Bread

In preparation for St. Jospeh's Day tomorrow, we have provided a recipe to make St. Joseph's bread, also known as Pane di San Guiseppe, a white yeasted bread flavored with anise and golden raisins.

St. Joseph's Bread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Ready Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Serves: 10Ingredients:
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons anise
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
Directions:1. In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of the flour, yeast, honey, hot water, salt, butter and anise seeds. Mix into a smooth batter. Stir in the golden raisins, and beat for another 10 minutes, gradually adding flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for another 8 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. You may not need to use all of the flour. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
3. Grease a baking sheet and dust with cornmeal. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and punch out all of the air. Roll into a long tight loaf, and place seam side down onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp serrated knife to make 3 or four diagonal slashes on the top. Cover with a tea towel, and let rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mist the loaf with water of vinegar before baking, and twice during.
5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust is golden brown, and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

NOTE: Traditionally, you shape the bread to look like a patriarch's beard by making five torpedo loaves of graduated lengths, 1 long, 2 medium and 2 short. Place them close together on a baking sheet in the following order: 1 short, 1 medium, 1 long, 1 medium, 1 short. They will rise together and you'll have Pane di San Guiseppe.
Check in tomorrow on St. Joseph's Day and learn more about this holiday while feeding on the bread you just learned to bake. A domani!

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History of St. Joseph

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