Kind of jumping around the book, partially due to requests for certain items, the next bread in my lineup is Pane Siciliano. A rather unique shape and the inclusion of semolina flour set Pane Siciliano apart from some of the other plain Italian breads. I always enjoy working with semolina, it just has such an interesting texture whether you’re making pasta or bread. For a preferment this bread uses a pate fermente, pretty much regular bread dough (even including salt.)
Here is the pate fermente after mixing and kneading.
The preferment was left to rise for an hour, punched down, and retarded in the fridge. Then when I got home from work I took it out of the fridge so it could start warming up. As it warmed up a bit before I cut it into pieces for the final dough it developed a huge bubble.
Then I cut the pate fermente up into about 10 small pieces, and measured out the wet and dry ingredients.
You can see the much more yellow color of the semolina flour here.
Once the pate had warmed up, everything was mixed together yielding a large ball of dough, still somewhat splotchy in color here.
I let the dough rest for a few minutes to continue hydrating and loosen up some, then I began kneading it for around 10 minutes. You can see the color is much more even now, with the kneading mixing the semolina and bread flour.
Finally, after putting the dough in a ball rise and then turning it out, it was time for shaping! You can see I had a little trouble getting the dough divided evenly into 3 pieces.
I don’t have a picture of it, but they ended up melding together while being retarded in the fridge, apparently one sheet wasn’t enough space. I manged to seperate them in the oven once they had baked for a little bit.
And the crumb:
The spiral shape of the bread vanished a little bit during the retarding as well, I might try dusting it with a little bit more flour before shaping next time.
The loaves were yummy, the semolina really adding a little something extra to them. We made sandwiches and then toasted some and had it with olive oil, cracked pepper, and balsamic vinegar.