Polenta Peasant Bread

    2 hours 40 minutes

    This is a peasant style bread made in a pie dish. It goes well with soup, eggs and fish. The recipe is Portuguese.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 7g dried active baking yeast
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons warm water
    • 175g polenta
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 2 cups (250g) sifted plain flour

    Preparation:2hours  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:2hours40min 

    1. In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast and sugar over the warm water. Let stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir to dissolve. Set the bowl in a warm, draught-free place for 8 to 10 minutes or until yeast doubles in volume.
    2. Process the polenta in a blender or food processor until very fine.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine polenta, salt and boiling water. Stir vigorously until smooth. Stir in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cool mixture to lukewarm.
    4. Stir proofed yeast into the polenta mixture. Gradually add flour. Gather the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover. Set it aside in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
    5. With a pastry brush, coat the bottom and sides of a 23cm pie dish with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Turn the dough out into pie dish and cover. Let it rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes, or until it doubles in bulk again.
    6. Bake in the middle of a preheated 180 degrees C oven for 40 minutes, or until top is golden. Transfer to a rack to cool.

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    Something else. I wasn't expecting this to be so heavy! I guess I should have figured it would be, given the amount of polenta in it. Anyway, once I got used to it, I kind of liked it. You might too, especially if you are a big fan of soup; I think it would be really good with a tomato soup. 7-2-2006: I made this again. This time I kneaded it more; it rose higher and was lighter than the last time I made it.  -  14 Jul 2008


    Something else. this is basically a good recipe but the instructions are a bit off. It's best if you knead the dough for a few minutes before the 1st rise, which should be about 60 to 90 minutes, not 30 as stated. The 2nd rise may take longer than 30 minutes ie 45 or 50. Rather than pulverise the polenta in the blender I used a fine polenta that I bought at the Italian shop near my house.  -  14 Jul 2008


    unless I did not do this recipe correctly, it is not very good.  -  14 Jul 2008