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

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For 5 loaves, you will need:

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 4 min.
Spring Bread

Prepare the flavouring mixture

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

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

Stage 3
Spring Bread
We will only be using the chive flowers.

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

Stage 5 - 4 min.
Spring Bread
Take off all the flowers like this.

Stage 6 - 2 min.
Spring Bread
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

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
Knead for 2 or 3 minutes, just until evenly mixed in.

Stage 9 - 1 hour
Spring Bread

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
Tip the dough out onto a floured worktop.

Weigh out lumps of dough of about 300 g.

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

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

See the baguette recipe for more details in a video.

Stage 13 - 1 hour 30 min.
Spring Bread
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.
Spring Bread

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
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.
Home made.
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).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Gluten
How much will it cost?
  • For 5 loaves : 7.45 €
  • Per loave : 1.49 €

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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: Special Parmesan baguettes, Surprise bread, Baker's chicken and potato tart, Special Cheese and Walnut Sticks, Baker's tuna and mushroom tart, ... All
Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Spaghetti with mussels and basil, Pea risotto "Mantecare", Sorrel pesto, Special Parmesan baguettes, Tomato tatin, ... All
Preserved tomatoesPreserved tomatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cretan Bread, Sushi, Pan-fried chicken breast on mozzarella, Pasta with pesto and preserved tomatoes, Fish terrine with spinach and tomatoes, ... All
ChivesChives: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cocotte eggs with Comté, Colcannon, Risotto-style celeriac, Crusty cockle tart, Surprise eggs, ... All
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