Fat Turkish Simit or Italian breakfast bread


Everyone would admit that there is power in bread which makes us value it. From old women tales up to modern sayings we try to emthasize the importance of real bread. And if it's homemade, I don't think there's anything better.

On the left you can see a photo taken form google images which shows a variety of Italian bread. Because I work as a teacher, I couldn't help but make an activity for you. Here's a matching activity!!! :) Match the names of Italian bread to the right image in the photo:

A - X-Large Pumpernickel Display Bread

B - X-Large Rye Display Bread.

C - Rye With Caraway.

D - Egg Challah.

E - Whole-Wheat Bread.

F - Long Italian Bread.

G - Sesame & Garlic Sticks.

H - Six-Grain Bread.

I - X-Large Foccacia - Mixed Vegetables.

J - Raisin-Pumpernickel Loaf.

K - Homemade Challah Roll.

L - Garlic Twists.

M - Baby Foccacia -  Assorted Vegetables.

N - Mini Italian Roll.

O - Mini Raisin-Nut Roll

P - Small Challah Roll.

Q - Salad Ring

R - 8" Foccacia: Tomato, Onion or green  Olive.

S - Homemade Egg Challah.

T - Six-Grain Challah.

U - Sesame Twist "Italian Challah".

When you finish, check it up in this website: http://images.google.lt/imgres?imgurl=http://straussbakery.com/images/Breads/D_00005.jpg&imgrefurl=http://straussbakery.com/bread_catalog.html&usg=__G0WNJAyVFb_7hKPdtMLCoo0r-MU=&h=600&w=500&sz=159&hl=lt&start=16&sig2=Ob8durBYI-7ChbaS9mrb6A&um=1&tbnid=LkU5NOhLpz1ZBM:&tbnh=135&tbnw=113&ei=0pqNSb3OF8_DjAeZ2cmwCg&prev=/images%3Fq%3DItalian%2Bbread%26um%3D1%26hl%3Dlt%26sa%3DX

When you speak about bread it is a bit difficult to say which world cuisine it belongs to. However, Italian bread is famous for being crusty with a lot of flour on the top. This time I copied the recipe from Jamie Oliver's show where he went Italian crazy and prepared dishes for his Italian friends after working night shift at a bakery.  On one hand, despite using Italian recipe, we can find deep connection with the Turkish cuisine because of the soft semi-sweet dough with sesame seeds on the top that Turkish people have for breakfast and call it simit.

So here's what I've got!!! 

What do we need:

for the dough:

7gr of dry yeast ( 1 pack)

1 glass of warm water

1 tbsp of salt

1tbsp of sugar

2,5 glasses ( about 225ml) of flour

2 tabsp of extra virgin olive oil

for the filling:

6 cherry tomatoes ( you can use normal, but I chose these because they are sweeter)

4 boiled and pleeled eggs

5 smoked bacon ( I used smoked turkey breast)

some basil leaves

some rosemary ( because I just love it!!!)

2 lumps of mozzarella cheese

1 egg for brushing the top of the  bread and sesame seeds ( optional, you can just use olive oil)

What we have to do:

1. Prepare the dough: mix the yeast, sugar and salt with warm water and let it activate for 30 min. Then pour the flour into a bowl, make a hole in the middle, add the yeast mix and olive oil. Kneed the dough for 10 min, put into the bowl again and cover with plastic wrap. Leave it for 1 hour in a warm place.

2. Roll out the dough into a square. In the middle put the tomatoes, peeled eggs, the meat, basil and rosemary, and mozzarella cheese. Roll it into a pipe and then make a circle by combining the ends. Brush with mixed egg and sprinkle sesame seeds. Leave it for 30 min. Then preheat the oven to 180C and bake it for 30-40 min. Enjoy!!!

3. You can prepare the dough in the evening and make and bake the bread in the morning. Just don't leave the dough in a warm place then. 

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