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Pane Buratto (Mulino Marino)

JoeVa's picture

Pane Buratto (Mulino Marino)

Mulino Marino is (small) miller near Cuneo (Piemonte) that work hard to produce a high quality stone grounded organic flour. HERE the link to the web site where you can read more about the history, the products etc.


One of the most interesting thing is they use organic grains grown in Piemonte and Lombardia, just where I live. And the varieties of grains they mix are the best one for bread baking. For example Taylor and Bologna are hard/medium-hard wheat varieties that can be used in place of imported Canadian wheat. These and other national grain are mixed with care to produce a very good range of flours. All the flour is milled in pureness and contains no additional additives (milk and its derivatives, vitamins, preservatives, malt and its derivatives, etc).

The miller works also with ancient grains like Farro Monoccocum, Kamut, 8-row Maize, Buckwheat and Enkir.



The first time I heard about Mulino Marino was from a friend and just one week ago from a baker. So, wednesday I was in Milano center and I stopped at EatItaly store where I bought some flour.

There were a lot of flours but my choice was clear, I thought at the bread I want to bake and I picked up Buratto and Manitoba flours.

  • Buratto is a medium strength wheat flour, stone milled, 80% extraction rate (Italian Type 1).
  • Manitoba is a strong bread flour, cylinder milled, 72% extraction rate (Italian Type 0).
Here the sourdough bread mix I used for "Pane Buratto":
  • 75% buratto + 25% manitoba (+ 0.5% malted barley flour)
  • 25% pre-fermented flour (20% buratto and 80% manitoba)
  • overall hydration 61%-62%, medium-soft dough
           [The loaf]                     [The crumb] Sorry, for the bad shaping and the tunnel, remove it with your imagination and look the crumb                                 texture around or fly into the tunnel and observe the translucent wall.           

The crumb is perfect: light but substantial, yieldind, moisty, soft and elastic. I made two loaves, one with stiff levain (50% hydration) and one with liquid levain (100% hydration). The stiff levain adds a touch (a very little note) of acetic acidity, I prefer the loaf with liquid levain.

The crust very good (for my oven and steaming apparatus). A good balance between chewy and fragrant.

The loaf shown a good oven spring and volume.

I can say Buratto flour is a perfect organic "all purpose" flour (tastier and rich of soluble fiber), not comparable with supermarket Italian flour. It's a pleasure to work with: after the autolyse I added the salt and in less than 2 minute of gentle hand mixing to incorporate the salt the dough shown a good gluten development.

The lesson for me is: use flour with extraction rate >= 80%, that is >= Italian Type 1. For sure I will test more flours from Mulino Marino ... Setaccio (a step over Buratto with a higher extraction rate, >= 85%) and SaporiAntichi (ancient grains mix) are my preferred.


ehanner's picture

Very nice indeed. You were quick to act on your new information about the mill. A small world it is so often. Just around the corner in your area they grow the grains you seek.

Very nice JoeVa, beautiful breads.


JoeVa's picture

Ohh yes, just around the corner! And this is the west corner, I have also something on the east corner, just wait the next post ...


ZD's picture

Sounds like wonderful flour. I like high extraction flour myself.

Greg R

Shiao-Ping's picture

HI Giovanni, I very much like to "fly into the tunnel and observe the translucent wall"!  What a great bread!


nicodvb's picture

I hope you bought some of their rye flour, now it's renowned to be excellent.

JoeVa's picture

Next time, maybe. I have to consume my stock of flour ...


yozzause's picture

Nice post with some nice bread and flour JoeVa, we are very lucky at TFL to have so many enquiring minds at work thankyou

regards Yozza 

Bertel's picture

Ciao Giovanni,

Good to know I'm not the only one thinking Marino is good. You might want to check out mulino Sobrino in La Morra as well though I think their flour is more suitable for 'rustic' stuff. They have some old varieties. Try the chickpea flour from Marino, it is da bomb.

salma's picture

I always look at your breads and want to taste them right out of the screen!   ? Out of the two loaves, although you say that you prefer the liquid starter loaf better, which one had more oven spring?  I have read some people comment that the stiffer starters give more oven spring.



JoeVa's picture

Sorry, but I cannot give you a logic answer. There isn't a simple direct relation between starter hydration and oven spring.


Mebake's picture

Beautiful Crust and Crumb, to say the least! Inspiring Giov.

BTW, i have found that crumb shots taken with high exposure to sunlight will impart a pinkish tinge to the crumb color. To reveal the true color crumb, you may want to adjust the color setting of you camera, or use Auto color in Adobe Photoshop.


stefano_arturi's picture

Hi Giovanni and Sandra + hello to all the TFL community

Excellent looking bread, Giovanni. Well done.

About how dear good flour should be: I think too that Marino's flours are expensive:  between 3.20 t0 3.80 euros to the KG.... but  then, I wonder, how should good organic, locally produced and milled flour be? It would be interesting to compare our Italian prices with prices from other parts of the world... so and I am now talking to all the TFL community... how much do you pay for top the market organic flour in your country?



(ps: yes I agree with G: Sandra's blog is very good)