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Italian Pork Bread Recipe

Serves: 1
Keywords: Italian Pork Bread Recipe, recipe, recipes, Italian Pork Bread Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Makes 3 round loaves 1 Tbsp active dry yeast 3 Tbsp sugar 1 3/4 cups warm water 3 1/2 to 4 cups white flour, preferably unbleached, approx. 2 tsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/2 pound well-cooked shredded pork and fat* In a large bowl dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1 cup of warm water, then beat in 1 cup white flour.
  2. Beat for about 1 minute, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for anywhere from 1 to 3 or 4 hours. (You could be letting the sponge sit while you cook the pork. ) Add the remaining 3/4 cup warm water to the sponge, and stir in the salt, pepper, pork and fat, and as much of the remaining white flour as the dough will absorb easily.
  3. Because you want to have a soft dough, you should knead it with a dough hook or in a food processor; otherwise beat the dough a good 100 strokes with a wooden spoon, let it rest, and beat again.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until double in volume.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and divide into three equal pieces.
  6. Roll each piece out to about 12 inches, very lightly, using only your floured hands, then pick up the rope, twist it four or five time quickly, form a circle, pinching the ends together, and place on a greased baking sheet.
  7. Repeat with the other pieces.
  8. The dough should have a rough-hewn, uneven look, and you should widen the hole once the pieces are on the baking sheet so that it doesn't close up completely.
  9. Let rise, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  10. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven for 40 minutes.
  11. Cool on racks, but serve the bread warm.
  12. To reheat wrap in foil. * You should have twice as much fat as pork, so use a very fatty piece of pork; let it cook slowly in the fat for at least 2 hours in a slow oven, shred, then cool.