Easy Tuscan Bread Recipe
Here in Tuscany we literally go crazy for Tuscan bread! Of course when it is excellent and made as “perfetto”! We love eating it with salami, meat, cheese, and especially with extra virgin olive oil and a bit of salt.
The main and most distinctive characteristic of Tuscan bread is the fact be almost without salt. Making bread at home is fantastic and a fun activity to share with your children!
I’ve already posted the more classic and traditional recipe for Tuscan bread, the one I’ve learned from my mother and grandmother. My mother Anna is a great fan of home made bread and she makes it very often at home still today, and I do the same! It’s a great pleasure making bread at home with my 2 years old little girl 🙂
Easy Tuscan Bread Recipe for a more soft result
During years of experience in making bread at home and by hand, my mother has come to a very easy and more quick recipe for making bread at home! The result is great and it differs from the traditional Tuscan bread recipe for being more soft.
Ingredients to make bread at home
500 gr of soft flour (type 0)
500 gr of flour type 00
500 gr of cold water
700 gr of milk
10 gr of salt
6 spoons (50 gr) of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of sugar (10 gr) for a better leavening
14 gr of powder yeast
How to Make Tuscan Bread
1. Pour the yeast in the water and the milk together, adding the sugar
2. Start to pour some water in the flour and work all well, then add oil, salt and continue to work the pastry until it has reached consistency and becomes elastic but still mushy. It will require at least 20 minutes.
3. At this stage, my mother soon starts to spilt the dough in some parts; that’s before leaving it to rest for leavening. She usually makes 2 pieces of round bread and other with a thin and long shape to have a more crusty bread.
4. Now put all pieces of bread to rest for more than 2 hours, the place should not be cold. After the dough is raised, start to cook your bread in the oven first at 230 °C (450 °F Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes, and then for other 20 minutes at 200 °C (390 °F). In case of smaller pieces of bread cook it for less time.