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Amore Pizza Seasoning Cheesy Crescia

Amore Pizza Seasoning Cheesy Crescia

Growing up in a Polish-Italian family in Buffalo, NY, Easter has always been my favorite holiday to celebrate for so many reasons - one of them being the FOOD, of course! This recipe is inspired by my great aunt, who must have made it from memory (like most Italian grandmas do!). After she passed we found a list of ingredients but without instruction. After lots of recipe tinkering, this is my updated version the crescia I remember from my childhood. Aunt Alda would crank these out like a factory, so we would have tinfoil-wrapped crescia in the freezer year round because these loaves freeze so beautifully. Typically served on Easter, this bread is salty and herby with a crunchy outer crust. It accompanies both a dish of pasta or a springy salad perfectly. They also make excellent croutons). Put it out as an appetizer before your Easter meal; delicious on its own or with dried fruits, cured meats and cheese. However you serve it, it won’t last long!

Ingredients

1 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
¼ cup lukewarm water, 110°F 
½ Tbsp sugar
298g all purpose flour (2 ¼ cups approx)
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp Spicewalla Black Pepper
2 heaping tsp Spicewalla Amore Pizza Seasoning
3 oz finely grated parmesan cheese
3 oz finely grated pecorino romano
4 large eggs beaten, room temp
½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly (1 stick)
Olive oil for topping

Preparation

  1. In a small bowl combine yeast with lukewarm water and sugar until yeast is dissolved. Allow to sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
  2. Mix flour, salt, pepper, Amore Pizza Seasoning, parmesan and pecorino until evenly distributed.
  3. Add eggs and butter and mix to combine. The batter should be soft but not sticky, add more flour if necessary.
  4. Knead dough around the bowl or on a floured surface for 10 minutes, until smooth. Cover with a damp towel and leave in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  5. Knead again for 5 minutes and place in an oiled 9 ½  x 5 loaf pan (alternatively you can use a small spring form, or any pan with high sides). Let it rise, covered with a dry towel, for about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F. 
  7. Oil the top of the bread with olive oil and place in the center rack of the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  8. Let it rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully remove it and cool completely on a cooling rack. Enjoy!

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