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Kicking Off The Holidays

By: Francesca Piazza, Retail Sales Manager

I still can’t believe the holidays are right around the corner. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. In my family Thanksgiving is the perfect mix of American and Italian food. Of course we have the traditional turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. but then there’s the prosciutto bread! If you have never tried this bread I highly recommend it for your next holiday dinner. This bread can be considered a meal all by itself. It is with great pleasure that I share with you my family’s recipe …

Ingredients-

- 2½ tsp of active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of olive oil (Winona Pure EVOO is preferred www.winonapure.com)
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour (extra, as needed)
- ½ tsp of sea salt
- ½ tsp of pepper
- ¾ cup of diced prosciutto
- ⅓ cup diced provolone
- ½ cup grated parmigiano reggiano

Directions–

  • Mix yeast, warm water and sugar in a large bowl. Let mixture rest for 8 minutes.

  • After 8 minutes add oil, 2 cups of flour, salt and pepper. Mix ingredients until you get a dough consistency. Knead dough for 10 minutes until smooth. If the dough is still sticky add extra flour but not more than ½ a cup.

  • Coat the inside of a large bowl with Winona Pure EVOO and place the kneaded dough inside. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and place in a warm area of the house. (My grandparents actually place blankets over the saran wrapped bowl). Leave the dough for about 1 to 1.5 hours until the dough has risen (about double the original size).

  • Once the dough has risen you will need to “pound the dough”. Take the dough out of the bowl and punch it down a few times. Take a baking sheet and coat it with Winona Pure EVOO. Take the dough and flatten it on to the baking sheet in the shape of an oval.

  • Take your prosciutto, provolone and reggiano and spread them all evenly on top of the dough. Roll the dough into a log and then form into a large ring. It should look like a giant donut. Make sure to seal the ends of the dough tightly. Cover the ring with saran wrap and wait 1 hour until the dough has risen again. (double the ring size)

  • Preheat your oven 400°. Bake bread for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Best served warm.

  • MANGIA!!!!!