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Saucipain (or sausage bread) is a kind of savoury baguette. The dough contains small dice of dry-cured sausage or salami and is mixed with red wine instead of water.

Served sliced in rounds, it makes a typically French aperitif snack.
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Last modified on: October 24th 2017

For 13 saucipans, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 13 saucipans 26 saucipans 39 saucipans

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Keeping: A few days in a cloth bag.
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Stage 1 - 15 min.
Saucipain : Photo of step #1
Remove the skin from 500 g dry sausage or salami and dice small.

Stage 2 - 15 min.
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Spread 120 g pistachios on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes in the oven at 300°F (150°C).

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Put into a food-processor bowl: 1 kg flour, 200 g leaven, 30 g yeast and 9 g salt.

Stage 4 - 11 min.
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Start kneading on minimum speed, then pour in 650 ml red wine.

Knead for 3 minutes like this, then on speed "1" for a further 8 minutes. When the dough temperature reaches 75°F (24°C, it is ready).

Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 5 - 1 hour
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Once the dough is made, go back to minimum speed and tip in the diced sausage and pistachios.

Gather the dough (you will notice it is a strange pinky-mauve colour) into a ball and put into a clean bowl. Cover with a sheet of plastic and leave for 1 hour.

Stage 6 - 20 min.
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After this time, divide the dough into 200 g pieces. Roll these into balls and leave covered with a sheet of plastic to rest for 20 minutes.

Stage 7 - 2 hours
After this time, press the balls flat, then shape them into thin baguettes or "ficelles", as shown in this short video.

Leave the saucipains covered with a sheet of plastic to rest for 2 hours.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
Saucipain : Photo of step #8
Preheat the oven to 460°F (240°C) and bake the saucipains for about 20 minutes until nicely browned.

Note: As when baking any bread, you should ensure that the oven is filled with steam for the first 15 minutes of baking. This page shows you how; it really is the secret of golden-brown, crusty loaves..


If you don't have salami, use any cooked sausage you like.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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