How to Make Pasta Dura Bread

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Pasta Dura bread is a hearty Italian bread made with durum or semolina flour. It is a good source of fiber and has a crusty exterior with a soft interior. It is easy to make with a little practice and the right ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 tbs. of yeast
  • 4 tsp. of sugar
  • 1 tsp. and one pinch of salt
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups semolina flour
  • Baking sheet
  • Make the biga. The biga is like a starter and is the source of the fermentation in the dough. Mix together half the cold water, the yeast, half the sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix in the flour, cover and leave overnight. This needs to be left out, not refrigerated.

  • Mix together the dough in another bowl by combining the remaining cold water, the remaining sugar, 1 tsp. of salt and the olive oil. Gradually beat in the durum (semolina or continental) flour. Rip the biga, making small pieces you'll the add to the dough.

  • Flour your flat surface and then knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Shape the dough and put it on a floured or parchment covered baking sheet. Cover it and allow it to rise for 30 to 40 minutes. One of the most traditional shapes is in a round or long baguette style.

  • Bake until golden brown in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F. One of the best ways to serve this type of bread is with a topping of tomato, red onion and basil. Put this on after slicing and toasting the bread. Before toasting, top with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a hard time finding the semolina flour, check a specialty baking or Italian goods store.

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