A Hearty Rustic Sicilian Bread: Sfinciuni

Posted on October 6, 2010

This is a recipe that connects me to my childhood particularly around the holidays. Sfinciuni is an old Sicilian bread recipe made with anchovies and cheese. Most Sicilian families have a version of it that they make around holidays especially during Christmas.  Over the years we started using Italian sausage instead of anchovies because the children (including me) wouldn’t eat it with the anchovies. We started out with 1 tray with anchovies and 1 tray with Italian Sausage. Now it’s just the sausage. The recipe below is with the sausage.

What’s great about this bread is we have it at breakfast or as an afternoon snack. It’s also a great side for any pasta dish you want to serve and soups too.

Servings: 10

What you will need:

2 tablespoons of unsalted European butter
1 tablespoon of white sugar
1 cup of hot water
1 package of active dry yeast
1 egg beaten
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Items that go into the bread include:
1 lb of cooked Italian Sausage
1 container of Grated Parmesan Cheese

Steps to prepare:

For the Bread Dough:
1. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar, and hot water. Allow to cool until lukewarm, and mix in the yeast until dissolved.
2. Mix in the egg, salt, and flour. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.
3. Once the dough is risen, flour a surface and begin to need the dough for 5 minutes
4. Next put the dough in a 9 x 12 buttered pan and work it to stretch to the edges of the dish in an even layer.
5. Take the sausage and the cheese and begin to tuck them into the dough by making holes with your fingers and adding the sausage and cheese until it is all gone.
6. Put the dish in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until the bread rises and it isn’t doughy in the center.

Once the bread is baked let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes: If you want to use anchovies go for it just replace it with the sausage!

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