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I think Italian breads are probably my favorite breads, but I have never had THIS particular bread, and felt like I have been missing out for years. This bread was wonderful beyond words and the fact that traditionally it is made using all wild yeast is my kinda tune. Pane Pugliese bread is the rustic bread that comes from the heel of the boot in Italy, and now I want to visit there just to try the bread personally! Reinhart describes this bread having similarities to ciabatta explains that the difference between the two is the shape: Pugliese bread is usually a round shape. Peter explains that also the use of golden wheat semolina is used extensively in Pugliese bread baking is the real distinction in the nutty taste. If you have the book, follow along on page 222 or if not, try this link.
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I actually used semolina flour since I couldn't find durum wheat in my area. I only used a fourth of a cup since Reinhart recommends using only up to thirty percent of semolina flour.

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This is a very wet dough-- a lot like making ciabatta. The dough will come together after a few rests and risings as indicated by the recipe.

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Here is the dough after the second rise and inside of it's final proofing bowl. Reinhart instructs to proof with the seam side UP so the seamless side will be the final exposed side .

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The final loaf came out really golden in color-- I guess that is from the semolina flour. It was absolutely delicious with a chewy and open interior. The crust was supposed to soften a little after coming out of the oven, but the actual loaf didn't last long enough for us to make any comparisons.
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09/09/2010 4:41pm

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09/09/2010 4:49pm

I've gone and done it again!.You'd think I've never used a computer before. Anyway, your pugliese looks great. I used to make it often (a recipe from the Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum) but I haven't for a while now mostly because I've been making other things. Seeing yours though makes me want to make a pugliese again. I've put things on hold for a while but I will get back to it soon.

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Sandra
09/10/2010 6:15am

Hey Oriana,
I make that mistake all the time! :) I need to check out Rose's version since I liked Peter's so much, and soon as I finish baking through Peter's book, I'll try other recipes for sure. This challenge is keeping me focused on getting through the book, but I am glad now to do it.

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09/10/2010 7:37am

That is a nice looking loaf of bread- With fall approaching I'm looking fwd. to baking again and I'm going to try this one- Nice job!

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Sandra
09/10/2010 9:01am

Glenn, Thanks so much for compliment. This bread is one of our favs so far and hope you enjoy it as much as we we have.

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09/13/2010 5:52pm

This is a very lovely loaf of bread! I love making ciabatta, so I reckon, I'll love this too! Thanks for sharing:D

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Sandra
09/13/2010 6:18pm

Jeannie,
If you are a fan of ciabatta, then this bread is a must try for you!!!!

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