Sourdough Pan Siciliano
What is Pan Siciliano? It’s a delicious bread from Sicily shaped in the form of an S and has both wheat and semolina flour. Its light crust and crumb, slightly sweetened with just a tad of honey, a bit of olive oil which goes very well with semolina flour, and enriched with crunchy crusted sesame seeds, all together created a light bread that is so unexpectedly wonderful with a subtle hint of sourdough note.
Yes, this particular recipe from Mike’s Sourdough Home caught my attention because its bread is raised completely using sourdough starter so make sure your starter is vigor and strong. I was pretty excited about making this bread the first time for I learned how to shape a baguette, then coil it into an S, painted the loaves with seeds and also learned to be patient waiting over 48 hours before I could bake and taste a completely new bread. Many lessons learned and I thoroughly enjoy the process.
Some of you might not like this bread –Birgit, for instance did not appreciate this bread at all– if you are crusty-sourdough-type of a person. The S-shaped loaves look lovely and I think children would assuringly enjoy this soft bread. I, myself, like to toast this bread very lightly, to not over-dry it, for breakfast munching it over a cup of warm tea.
I converted the original recipe into metric measurement and adjusted it just a bit where I see fit . Let’s make the bread.
This recipe makes three 400-gram loaves and will take 3 days to finish.
dough hydration is about 58%
240 g mature starter, at 100% hydration; prefer to refresh over 24 hours
45 g/3 Tablespoon water
30 g strong/bread flour
135 g all-purpose flour
2 g/¼ teaspoon salt
final dough hydration is about 81%
450 g pate fermente, all the above pate fermente
210 g semolina flour, I use Giusto’s semolina flour and don’t remember whether it’s fine or coarse grind
210 g strong/bread flour
360 g lukewarm water, I use water around 80 ° – 85° F
7 g/ 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
28 g/2 Tablespoons olive oil
20 g/1 Tablespoon honey
Raw sesame seeds (optional), highly recommended.
In the afternoon or evening start making the pate fermente by mixing all the ingredients together, knead it a bit to a smooth and firm dough.
Cover it well and allow to rise until almost double. How long this would take depends on how strong your starter is.
Place it in a well-covered container and put it in the refrigerator overnight. The pate fermente can be stored cold for 3 days.
When you are ready to make the final dough, remove the pate fermente from the refrigerator.
Cut it into small pieces, cover them and let warm up to room temperature, about 1 to 2 hours.
Mix the pate fermente pieces with the water and mix until smooth.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cover and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the flour to well hydrated.
Place the dough on a cool surface and knead well until smooth. This takes about 10 to 12 minutes.
Place the dough in a container, 2.5 times its size. Cover, let it rise for several hours until is almost double.
Prepare a large (half-size) baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Gently handle the dough, cut it into 3 equal pieces. I weigh the dough pieces. Form the dough into thin baguette.
Coil both ends, with each end, in opposite directions into the distinctive shape of this bread.
To do this, grab each end of the baguette with a hand and start coiling the dough from the outside to the center.
Place the shaped loaf on the prepared baking sheet. Cover it with saran wrap. Repeat the shaping for the other 2 loaves.
Mist the loaves with water. I used a spray bottle with a light misty setting.
Sprinkle the loaves with sesame seeds. Loosely cover with saran wrap, put the sheet into a large [garbage] plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, take the loaves out of the refrigerator. The loaves should have risen a bit during cold storage.
Place the loaves at a warm place and let warm up to room temperature. The loaves will continue to rise.
It takes about 2 hours or until the loaves are light & full of bubbles. Finger test should leave a small dent on the loaves.
About an hour into the proof, carefully spray the loaves with water again and paint them with more sesame seeds. Please do not disturb/deflate
the formed bubbles. Cover again with saran wrap and leave the loaves alone undisturbed.
About an hour before the loaves are done, pre-heat the oven to 500° F. Steam is needed so prepare for it now.
Place the loaves on baking sheet in the oven. Turn the oven temperature down to 450° F. Bake with steam for 15 minutes.
Turn the baking sheet 180 degrees so the loaves bake evenly, and bake another 10 to 15 minutes without steam.
When the loaves reach a nice shade of brown, pull it out of the oven. Let it cool on rack for 20 minutes.
== I am going to dig for more pictures of this bread, please come back to check out.
I am sending this bread to Yeast Spotting. And I am going to go over there to see other bakers’ breads for the week which has always been a feast for the eyes (and drooling for sure); so please join me.