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Mafalda The Semolina bread of SicilyBy: Will Falzon. The Brooklyn Maltese350g Semolina Rimacinata150g K.A. A.P. Flour10g Salt7g Instant Dry Yeast1 tsp. Barley Malt Syrup330g Water1 Tbs. Olive Oil3 Tbs. Sesame Seed1tsp. Anise SeedSimple straight dough method.1. Mix all ingredients except the olive oil until the dough ball clears the sides of the Bosch mixer.2. Slowly add the oil drizzling it down the side of the mixer bowl3. Move to a lightly oiled bowl.4. allow to rise at room temperature covered until doubled in volume. About 1hr5. Scale into two equal weight balls. Rest for ten min. Covered6. Pre-shape each ball into a 30” long rope. Rest for 15 min. covered7. shape into the serpent or the eyes of Saint Lucy shapes.8. Proof covered at room temperature until the loaves are double in volume. (about 1hr.)9. Pre-heat the oven to 550F and prep the steaming apparatus10. Bake for 8 min. at 550F with full steam11. Remove the steaming apparatus and purge the oven12. Lower the heat to 475F13. Bake for an additional 8 min. until golden brownEyes of Saint Lucy (Maflada Bread)

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 with prosciutto.

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So I found this volume measurement-based Cream cheese bun recipe. I set out to just covert the formula to mass measurements, However, I was slightly uncomfortable with the statement, "more flour may be needed." At that point, I set out to determine the baker percentage and hydration. At this point, it became crystal clear why the formula might need "more flour." I determined (if my mathematics and assumptions are correct) over 90% hydration. I tweaked this on the front side for a more manageable 61% hydration. Seeing as the recipe called for a yield of 30 buns. I am pretty sure the blogger (momsdish) was adding at least the same 2 1/2 cups of flour that I added. This yielded a respectable 57g size bun. There you have it, my riff, and now a replicable formula for Russian Cream Cheese Vatrushka Buns! 

 The buds are very good. Albite the pastry could do with a nice slow overnight ferment to add some depth of flavor. For the filling I used what I had on hand. one 8oz. package of cream cheese passed its best by date and a fresh 15oz. container of ricotta cheese. I am very happy with both the texture and flavor. Next time I will try the farmers' cheese recommended in the original recipe. 





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 Hello, bread club members and guests. Today (New Years' Eve 2022) I will endeavor a two-part project.

First, I shall bake a semolina Italian bread, typical of what can be found on the Island of Sicily. The inspiration for this bake comes from Inumeridieri's recent bake of Mafalda bread.

 Secondly, I will use the Mafalda bread to recreate the muffuletta sandwich. A New Orleans classic created by Sicilian Italian emigrants. Now let us dust off the old blog page, and put up some new window dressing! Thanks for reading I hope you will drop by to check out the end result soon! 

 The scaled dough

The preshape



The final Shaping





Il serpente (The Snake)

Gli occhi di Santa Lucia (The Eyes of Saint Lucy)

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Pretty nice looking Brooklyn N.Y. style Pizza Pie today! Even at the ultra-thin 550-gram skin at 18" it can still support the toppings and hold a nice Brooklyn fold!

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Ya Mon, Jamaica Mon!

Meat hand pies were brought to Jamaica by the English. Pasties. The word evolved into "patty." The hand pie evolved into a decidedly unique Jamaica food.

Keeping with the tropical vibe, I submit an old-time banana Chiffon pie.



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Hello, friends.

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating his summer pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said, "What a good boy am I!"

Cherry Plum pie 

Phase 1. 

I supplemented the farm box cherry plums with 4 small red plums from the supermarket. I was having a devil of a time pitting the red plums. when it was time to start on the tiny cherry plums, I was thinking this is going to be an unholy mess! Then like a freight train it hit me! I broke out my unused still new in the box cherry pitter. It worked like a charm! 

Phase 2.

What you see here is 1500g of premium quality Pate brisee.  I am taking a break while the pastry chills out. The next step is to scale and divide. Once that is completed, I will work on the filling while the pastry chills out again.

Plum pie:

Phase 3 and 4

The pastry is divided and chilling. The filling is done and cooling on a sheet pan for quick heat transfer, (without refrigeration.) The next step is shaping the pie shell and cutting the lattice strips. We are approaching the end game. Time to keep cool and collected.

The end game.

 I am happy with the outcome. The pâte brisée is a plastic fork-tender, buttery and delicious. The filling is soft and juicy while remaining firm. The flavor is sweet-tart and would pair perfectly with vanilla ice cream.

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Hello, friends.

Live flour incapsulation Experiment, Phase one.

 Welcome to a midweek bake/experiment. I am still thinking about gluten and tough pastry. My research reminded me of something I already knew. Gluten development starts as soon as the water hits the "live flour." Live flour is flour that has not been encapsulated in fat. So the dilemma becomes how do we cut in the fat leaving nice size pieces (for flakiness) while still encapsulating all of the flour? I think I have an idea, (now this next part, is just me being me) Should this actually work it will be the most groundbreaking development in the history of pie making! Smile... Here is what we have so far.

The four fruit two-sided filling is quite whimsical.

This is the flour with the butter cut in and the oil added. As you can see I only gently tossed the dough with my fingers, I did not want to make it a paste. After I added the water and kneaded it a couple of times this is the result. The dough took considerably less water than the formula called for. The added liquid in the oil and NYC humidity I think.




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Regarding Enzo's pepperoni versus Rosa Grande. Enzo's wins, way less greasy no need to microwave. Just the right amount of grease. Smile. Closing thought I need to get that bar stool guy to stop around my way. I will make him a pie to knock his Brooklyn accent back into last month!

Nice even playing field. If you want a nice result, you have to pay attention at this juncture.
Now that is a nice stretched skin
Oven ready

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