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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

For 5 loaves, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
1 hour 32 min.1 hour 50 min.40 min.4 hours 2 min.
Preservation: Several days, wrapped in a cloth.
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Step by step recipe

1 Spring Bread : Photo of step #1

Prepare the flavouring mixture


Cut 250 g Parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan) into small dice and put in a bowl.
4 min.
2 Spring Bread : Photo of step #2Drain 250 g Preserved tomatoes and cut into small pieces. Add to the bowl. 4 min.
3 Spring Bread : Photo of step #3We will only be using the chive flowers.
4 Spring Bread : Photo of step #4Pull apart the flower heads directly over the bowl and discard the stalks, which are very tough.
5 Spring Bread : Photo of step #5Take off all the flowers like this. 4 min.
6 Spring Bread : Photo of step #6Pour 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.
2 min.
7 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.
1 min.
8 Spring Bread : Photo of step #8Knead for 2 or 3 minutes, just until evenly mixed in. 2 min.
9 Spring Bread : Photo of step #9
Gather the dough into a ball and transfer to a large, clean bowl, covered with a plastic sheet.

Leave to rest for 1 hour.
1 hour
10 Spring Bread : Photo of step #10Tip the dough out onto a floured worktop.

Weigh out lumps of dough of about 300 g.
8 min.
11 Spring Bread : Photo of step #11Shape into balls, cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 20 minutes. 20 min.
12 Spring Bread : Photo of step #12Roll the balls into short French sticks.

See the baguette recipe for more details in a video.
7 min.
13 Spring Bread : Photo of step #13Lay the sticks in the moulds or tins.

Cover with a sheet of plastic and leave to rest for 1 hour 30 minutes.
1 hour 30 min.
14 Spring Bread : Photo of step #14

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

Remarks

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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
425381253 gr8623 gr338 gr
2127 %482 %813 %51 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
283684 gr575 gr23 gr
142 %32 %54 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 5 loaves : 7.33 €
Per loave : 1.47 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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