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History Bread for St. Joseph's Day, March 19

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. donna

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    Today is the Feast of St. Joseph (San Guiseppe). It is especially celebrated by Italians. Here is recipe for a special bread for his day. St. Joseph is the patron saint of pastry cooks.

    St. Joseph 's Day Bread
    Pan di San Guiseppe

    2/3 cup warm milk, 105-115 degrees
    1 (14 ounce) package dry active yeast
    3 cups bread flour, divided
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    2 eggs
    1/2 teaspoon anise seed or 1 teaspoon anise extract

    Egg wash. 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water.
    Sesame seeds

    Stir the yeast into the warm milk and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

    Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer.
    Add 1 cup of flour, sugar, salt and melted butter.
    Beat the mixture with the paddle attachment for 2 minutes.
    Add the eggs, anise seed or extract, and another cup of flour.
    Beat for 2 more minutes.

    Change from the paddle attachment to a dough hook.
    Add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough starts to come together.
    You may not need to add all of the flour.
    Then allow the dough hook to knead the dough on medium for 3 to 4 minutes.
    Transfer the dough to a greased bowl.
    Cover and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

    Punch the dough down and divide it into 2 equal pieces.
    Roll each piece into a 20-22 inch rope.
    Place the two ropes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
    Loosely twist the ropes together, tucking the ends under.
    Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 t0 40 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Brush the loaf with the eggwash and sprinkle liberally with sesame seeds.
    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
    Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
     
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  3. Steel Cross

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    Donna,

    Don't know anything about bread making, but can you do this with a Cuisinart?
     
  4. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    I don't know if you could make this bread in a bread machine.

    I have The Bread Factory Plus by Sanyo. I have several of their recipe books. I have never seen St. Joseph Bread recipe in their books.

    Since you have to twist two pieces together, I would say no.

    Maybe some bread making experts on forum can comment.

    Sorry i am not much help on this. I just would make from scratch. This is Italian recipe my Grandma made. She always celebrated St. Joseph Day. One of her favorite saints.
     
  5. donna

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    I am posting this a few days early, but with St. Patrick Day and St. Joseph Day so close to each other, just thought bring this great bread recipe back up.
     
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    Since it will soon be St. Joseph's Day, wanted to bring this thread back up.
     
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    Bumping this thread for March 19th.
     
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