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Casatiello Napoletano (Easter Bread from Naples) Recipe

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Casatiello Napoletano (Easter Bread from Naples) Recipe

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    Ingredients :

  • 1 ½ ounces fresh yeast
  • 1 ½ cups warm water, divided
  • 5 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lard, at room temperature, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 (4 ounce) package salami chunks
  • 6 eggs
  • Methods :

  • Step 1

    Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.

  • Step 2

    Sift flour and salt onto a clean work surface; make a well in the center. Add yeast mixture and 1/4 cup lard to the well. Mix, adding remaining 1 cup water gradually, until dough comes together. Knead until dough is soft and smooth, about 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Cover with a clean, damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 90 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Place dough back on the work surface. Punch gently to deflate; roll into a big rectangle. Brush 1/4 cup lard on top; cover with Parmesan cheese and pepper. Fold dough in half to make a smaller rectangle. Brush 1/4 cup lard on top; cover with pecorino Romano cheese and pepper.

  • Step 5

    Fold dough again into a smaller rectangle. Brush remaining 1/4 cup lard on top; cover with salami chunks. Cut off a small portion of the dough; reserve.

  • Step 6

    Roll dough into a long cylinder. Place cylinder a grease ring cake mold. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until more than doubled in volume, about 3 hours.

  • Step 7

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Step 8

    Tuck whole eggs into the ring of dough at even intervals. Divide reserved dough into 12 pieces; roll into small ropes. Lay 2 ropes in a cross shape over each egg to hold them in place.

  • Step 9

    Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 1 hour. Let cool before slicing.

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