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Sicilian Muffaletta Bread

jjestelle's picture

Sicilian Muffaletta Bread

Hi All,

   I am a newbie and this is my first post.  A friend suggested this website to help me find an authentic Sicilian Muffaletta bread recipe.  I was born in Sicily and have fond memories of this bread from a bakery in our home town of Riesi.  The Muffaletta bread I remember was a 8 or 9 inch round, flatish bread.  It had anise seeds in it and was not overly dark in color, with a thin crust.  The color was light, the texture was airy, like an english muffin, and it was more of a breakfast food.  We used to cut them in half steaming hot from the bakery and eat them with a drizzle of good olive oil, salt and pepper.  The flavor and aroma of the anise seeds with the olive oil was out of this world.  If anyone has visited this region of Sicily or comes from there and knows what I'm talking about, I'd love to hear from you.  If anyone might happen to have this recipe, please post it!  Thank you!

asicign's picture

I made a recipe for Muffaletta loaves which were the same shape as you describe, but didn't have any anise.  I was trying to match the bread used in muffaletta sandwiches from Central Grocery in New Orleans.  That worked out well, but maybe someone else knows a recipe to replicate the Sicilian version.

nordygirl's picture

Its been some time since you posted your inquiry, but wanted to pass along info in case you may still be looking.   Jim Baugh has a post (and a blog) on this site, and reports good news in the use of the muffuletta recipe he found.  Montanagrandma also includes a recipe for muffuletta bread on this site as well.   If all else fails, sells muffuletta bread for about $4.00 a loaf, and they are very much like the muffuletta bread that comes from the famous Central Grocery in New Orleans.   I'm not certain how closely our version resembles the sicilian bread that you grew up with.  I would be interested in knowing the difference if you try the recipes I've referenced.   Good luck!

dablues's picture

for you to check out.  I have no idea if this is exactly what you are looking for.