I enjoy people. Does that surprise you? I think most of the bloggers I enjoy reading, enjoy people. People and food we enjoy. I enjoy lots of people, lots of bloggers. Sometimes we all run off into a corner all by ourselves. Alone time, it’s good time, refuel time, sometimes. I enjoy party time, lots of people, it’s connecting fun. And then there is this small group of crazies who drop in and out of my kitchen, some with more regularity than others but I know I can drop in on them anytime and somebody will be there. Over this last four years we’ve lost a Babe and added a couple. We’ve shared that wild wild thing we call life with it’s joys, anxieties, big downs, big ups, tears, belly laughs. We’ve grown (one less than others) together in all the right ways.
So Lien’s Biscotti Picanti is just the perfect choice of breads to celebrate our 4th Bread Baking Anniversary! This is an easy and reasonably quickly put together bread that really is an addictive treat. Don’t think to badly of me for suggesting another addiction for you, will you please. I really hope you’ll bake along with us this month. You probably know the routine now: Be a Buddy by baking, posting by the 28th of this month, send a photo, a short comment and a link to your blog (link not necessary if you don’t have a blog) and Kitchen Of the Month (Lien in this case) will include you in the Buddy Round Up and send you a sharp looking Buddy Badge. Toast us all Babes and Buddies with a Biscotti Picanti!
UPDATE: I forgot my manners. A lovely lady, I have many of her books, graciously gave the Babes permission to use her recipe for this bread and I just breezed right by it. When Lien told us she’d given us permission, I checked out her blog here and was in wonderment! So I’m back to show you my red face and say I’m sorry. Thanks for the really fabulous recipe Anissas, wonderful cookbooks, glorious stories about cooking and cultures and a truly inspiring blog!
Recipe By: Lien adapted from “Savory Baking from the Mediterranean” – Anissa Helou and further adapted by MyKitchenInHalfCups
2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast (1 package = 7 grams)
60 ml warm water
1 ⅔ (± 225 g) cups KA white whole wheat flour (+ extra for kneading and shaping)
1 ⅔ (240 g) cups semolina flour
3 TBsp (28 g) white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup + 2 TBsp (150 ml/130 g) extra-virgin olive oil (+ extra for greasing the bowl)
1/4 cup (60 ml) red wine
115 ml water
Divide the dough in 3 equal pieces and shape each piece into a loaf about 12”( 30 cm) long. Transfer the logs to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and leaving at least 2 inches/5 cm between them so they can expand. Take a dough cutter (or sharp knife) and cut the loaves into 1 inch/2,5 cm thick slices (or if you prefer them thinner in 1″/1 cm slices). The dough cutter smashed the dough down, deflating it. My sharpest knife had the same result. Ultimately what worked best for me was using dental floss and cutting all the way through the log; pushing the ends slightly back together again. Cover with a large plastic box and let the rise for about 45 minutes.Meanwhile preheat the oven to 500ºF/260ºC.
Bake the sliced loaves for 15 minutes, until golden.