Tuesday, October 27, 2009

BBA Challenge #6 Casateillo

It rained so hard yesterday that I, a Pacific Northwest Native, had to actually USE an umbrella.  No swinging it along beside as I stroll jauntily along…this was unrelenting, pounding, bounce off the pavement rain.  And I loved it. 

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I love the sound of rain, especially in the woods where it changes from pavement's strident ping to a soft, gentle patter.  The woods come alive with sound and I can almost feel the trees rejoicing and whispering thanks. 

Another thing I love about rain is that it’s an excuse…can’t garden; too rainy.  Was going to make a Costco run…too rainy.  Better just sit here in front of the fire with a good book until the rain stops.

So I grabbed Peter Reinhardt's Bread Baker’s Apprentice and got comfy.  One can only sit so long in front of the fire when thumbing through a gloriously photographed baking book before they leap from the couch, toss off the blanket and head for the kitchen to make bread.

Casateillo, BBA Challenge #6 is an Italian version of brioche.  Traditionally it’s made in panettone wrappers and studded with meat and cheese.  It’s often seen at Easter in Italy and on rainy days here in the Pacific Northwest.  I filled mine with salami and provolone—Mr. Reinhardt says to let it cool for an hour before slicing  (like that’s going to happen?!) but I risked his displeasure and cut it open after about 6 minutes and was rewarded with a steamy cloud of fresh bread goodness and shiny bits of provolone melting on the knife.

If rain brings you down the smell of baking bread will cheer you up.   I tell you this because I just checked the weather and it’s going to rain for the next ten days and we all might want to make some plans.  Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.


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Anonymous said...

Nice looking loaf. How did you get it to rise properly? Mine always are lopsided.

Carla said...

StyleRep. My grandma is a champion bread baker and here's her best tip for rising: Set the dough to be proofed in the oven with the oven light on. This protects it from drafts and provides warmth. Good luck!

misterrios said...

Absolutely beautiful loaves! This was one of my favorite breads in the challenge.

Abby said...

Looks beautiful!! I'm thinking of remaking this for a NYE party tomorrow night...I just found your comment on my blog from SEPTEMBER! My settings must be off to let me know when someone comments...gr! Are you still working on the BBA Challenge?? Can't wait to read your posts!

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