Spring street prosciutto bread

Yield: 2 servings

Measure Ingredient
2½ teaspoon Active dry yeast
1 cup Warm (105-110F) water
2 Eggs
2 tablespoons Olive oil
3¼ cup Flour
1½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Black pepper
1 cup Fresh Parmesan cheese
2 cups Minced prosciutto
Cornmeal for dusting

1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large mixing bowl and set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Stir in the eggs and oil. Combine 3 cups of the flour with the salt and pepper, and stir into the yeast mixture. Knead to combine adding more flour, a little at a time, to make a firm dough.

3. Combine the parmesan cheese and the prosciutto and lightly dust with flour. Work the misture into the dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead until smooth, 10 minutes. Return the dough to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and set aside to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

4. Punch down the dough and knead for 3 minutes. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a oblong loaf. Sprinkle 2 baking sheets with cornmeal and place a loaf on each. Set aside to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

5. Line the oven with wet baking tiles, stones or trays of terra-cotta chips and preheat to 425F.

6. Using a razor, make 6 slashes diagonally across the top of each loaf. Bake until golden, about 40 minutes, spraying with a plant mister every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes of baking. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 2 loaves.

Source: New York Cookbook, Molly O'Neill, 1993 From: D&G Bakery, Spring Street, Manhatten

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