Casatiello

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge: No 5. Casatiello

Each week I will be making a bread recipe from Peter Reinhart’s wonderful book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. The fifth recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge was Casatiello.

This bread is Italy's answer to a brioche. It doesn't quite contain as much butter as a brioche though. So it is easier on the old waist line. :) Casatiello is a savoury bread that is traditionally made with meat and cheeses. The bread is perfect on it's own served with a nice salad and a cold glass of beer.

For my Casatiello, I added crispy pancetta cubes, shredded provolone cheese and finely chopped rosemary. The dough came together easily and it rose beautifully. I baked it in a 9 inch springform pan and it baked into a tall, lovely boule.

You know, I think I might just be getting the hang of this bread baking business.....(famous last words). I really loved the Casatiello bread and I think it is my favourite one so far.

Be sure to check out what the other challenge participants have done.

Next bread: Challah!



24 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a wonderful bread! Really tempting!

Cheers,

Rosa

Happy cook said...

Wow the bread looks super super huge and delcious.
I have seen the recipe in the book,but was reluctant to make them as i have nver made a savoury bread.

Pearl said...

oh that bread turned out beautifully!

Priya said...

Thats a prefectly bakes and beautiful bread!

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Mmmm... love it.

finsmom said...

Ive never heard of this type of bread before, but it looks gorgeous! Love the shape :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Love your famous last words as much as I love the loaf..tall & handsome! Wish I could get so much breaded confidence too Paula!

Maria said...

What a beautiful bread! I love your baking adventures! Keep the great posts coming!

maybelle's mom said...

I adore brioche, my husband meat and cheese. I will put this on my list...

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious bread! Looking forward to the challah recipe.

diva said...

ooooh i've never had this bread but it looks so impressive. anything close to brioche i'll love for sure! x

John Redman said...

You just keep getting better and better. Whatever you're doing, keep it up!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

It looks really perfect.

pinkstripes said...

I love the addition of rosemary! Your casatiello looks beautiful! Great job.

Soma said...

Perfect with a beautiful picture to go with it.

Laurie Ashton Farook said...

Beautiful bread! Mine ended up looking like a bad acne attack.

Elin said...

Wow..that's a nice bread. I have never tried making bread...buns yes. I should try making it one day :)

susies1955 said...

Perfect! :)
I loved this recipe.
You're doing great.
Nice baking along with you,
Susie

Heather said...

This is such a perfect loaf. I can taste it now with some good butter.

Donna-FFW said...

This bread looks just delicious!

Janice said...

Such a beautiful brown crust! Mine was rather pale in comparison. And rosemary sounds like a great addition. Terrific job!

Kerstin said...

Oh, a loaf of bread packed with pancetta, provolone and rosemary would be gone in no time around here! Great job, it's so pretty!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

That sounds so good with the pancetta, provolone and rosemary!

Maris said...

I loved this bread! I am doing the BBA challenge also and really enjoying it.

 
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