« How to Make an Easter Wreath | Main | Easter: Part 1 »

Easter Treats

I decided to try Giulia's recipe for "Crescia di Pasqua", a savory Italian Easter bread from Le Marche. You will find the recipe and the traditions behind it on Giulia's Valle Nuova blog here.

I was faced with three challenges with this recipe. The first was converting the amounts for all of the ingredients from grams to ounces or cups. That was simple enough with all of the conversion tables on the internet...until I got to the yeast. It told me 14 teaspoons!
That is just one teaspoon short of 5 TABLESPOONS! I am not an expert bread baker, but that sounded like a LOT of yeast to me.

The second challenge was to render fat. My grocery stores had rendered chicken or duck fat, but since this recipe came from Italy, I was 99% sure I needed pork fat. I called my butcher. He said, "Come on in, I am butchering fresh pork this morning! I'll give you some." 30 minutes later, I had a pound of free pork fat. I followed Alton Brown's easy method for rendering fat, and three and a half hours later, I had a jar of pure lard cooling on my counter.

The next day, I made the dough (yes, I used ALL that yeast...), and while it was rising, my third challenge was finding the right pan to bake it in. Then I remembered that I had some panettone baking papers on the top shelf of my pantry. Perfect! Here is the finished product:

crescia.jpeg

Comments (3)

It looks PERFECT and very beautiful in its panettone dress!
Imagine that some recipes call for quite a bit more yeast... Next time I will try with pasta madre (sourdough) that was, of course, the really traditional recipe. I'll have to experiment because I don't know anybody who still does it.

Oh my-how gorgeous-Buona Pasqua!!!!

Maureen Shaw:

Look great- let us know how it tastes!

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on April 18, 2014 11:12 AM.

The previous post in this blog was How to Make an Easter Wreath.

The next post in this blog is Easter: Part 1.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Powered by
Movable Type 3.33
© 2004 - 2014 Slow Travel