Spring Bread

Spring Bread
Spring bread is flavoured with little pieces of preserved tomatoes, Parmesan and chive flowers (hence the name, as the flowers only appear for a brief period in spring).

Shaped into long loaves or thin sticks, slices of this bread make a delicious aperitif snack.
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Last modified on: October 24th 2017

Keywords for this recipe:BreadBakerySpringChivesParmesan cheesePreserved tomatoes

For 5 loaves, you will need:

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 4 min.
Spring Bread : Photo of step #1

Prepare the flavouring mixture

Cut 250 g Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan) into small dice and put in a bowl.

Stage 2 - 4 min.
Spring Bread : Photo of step #2
Drain 250 g Preserved tomatoes and cut into small pieces. Add to the bowl.

Stage 3
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We will only be using the chive flowers.

Stage 4
Spring Bread : Photo of step #4
Pull apart the flower heads directly over the bowl and discard the stalks, which are very tough.

Stage 5 - 4 min.
Spring Bread : Photo of step #5
Take off all the flowers like this.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
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Pour 2 or 3 tablespoonsful of the oil from the preserved tomatoes into the bowl, salt and pepper, then mix everything together.

Note: if you cannot drain any oil off the preserved tomatoes, use herb olive oil or, if you have nothing else, plain olive oil.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Spring Bread : Photo of step #7

Flavour the dough

Put 1 kg bread dough into a food-processor bowl and tip the flavouring mixture in on top.

Stage 8 - 2 min.
Spring Bread : Photo of step #8
Knead for 2 or 3 minutes, just until evenly mixed in.

Stage 9 - 1 hour
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Make the loaves

Gather the dough into a ball and transfer to a large, clean bowl, covered with a plastic sheet.

Leave to rest for 1 hour.

Stage 10 - 8 min.
Spring Bread : Photo of step #10
Tip the dough out onto a floured worktop.

Weigh out lumps of dough of about 300 g.

Stage 11 - 20 min.
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Shape into balls, cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 20 minutes.

Stage 12 - 7 min.
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Roll the balls into short French sticks.

See the baguette recipe for more details in a video.

Stage 13 - 1 hour 30 min.
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Lay the sticks in the moulds or tins.

Cover with a sheet of plastic and leave to rest for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Stage 14 - 40 min.
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Bake the loaves

Preheat the oven to 460°F (240°C).

Slash the tops of the loaves and bake for about 40 minutes.

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..

Stage 15
Spring Bread : Photo of step #15
Leave to cool before turning out.


You can add a few finely chopped chives in with the flowers.

For the bread dough, I suggest you use the french baguettes recipe.

You might also like to take a look at this page all about bread.


Several days, wrapped in a cloth.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,248 Kcal or 5,225 Kj183 gr663 gr168 gr
62 %70 %63 %25 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
83 Kcal or 348 Kj12 gr44 gr11 gr
4 %5 %4 %2 %
Per loave
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
250 Kcal or 1,047 Kj37 gr133 gr34 gr
12 %14 %13 %5 %
% 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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This recipe uses (among others)
Bread doughBread dough: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Baker's chicken and potato tart, Baker's pizza, Special Parmesan baguettes, Surprise bread, Baker's tuna and mushroom tart, ... All
Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan)Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Potimarron and Parmesan tart, Poivrade Artichoke Salad, Caesar salad, Tomato pesto, Coriander and cashew nut pesto, ... All
Preserved tomatoesPreserved tomatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Tomato foccacia, Sushi, Cretan Bread, Pan-fried chicken breast on mozzarella, Fish terrine with spinach and tomatoes, ... All
ChivesChives: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Crispy cheese parcels, Quail egg canapés, Eggs meurette, Rosemary steamed fish, Jerusalem artichoke salad, ... All

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