Muffaletta Bread

Muffaletta Bread Recipe

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Joanne Hendriksen


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35 Min


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1 c
warm water (110 degrees)
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
active dry yeast (about 1 tbsp.)
3 c
bread flour
1 1/2 tsp
2 Tbsp
vegetable shortening
sesame seeds

How to Make Muffaletta Bread


  • 1In a 2-cup glass measuring cup, combine water and sugar.  Stir in
  • 2Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • 3In a food processor
fitted with the steel blade, combine 3 cups flour, salt and
shortening.  Add yeast mixture. 
  • 4Process until dough forms a ball,
about 5 seconds. 
  • 5Stop machine; check consistency of dough.  It 
should be smooth and satiny. 
  • 6If dough is too dry, add more warm
 water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, processing just until blended. 
  • 7If dough
is too sticky, add more flour, 1 or 2 Tbsp at a time, processing
just until blended. 
  • 8Process 20 seconds to knead.
  • 9Lightly oil a large bowl, swirling to coat bottom and sides. 
  • 10Place
 dough in oiled bowl; turn to coat all sides. 
  • 11Cover bowl with
 plastic wrap.  Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled 
in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • 12Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • 13When dough has doubled in bulk, 
punch down dough; turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • 14Form 
dough into round loaf about 10 inches in diameter; place on greased
 baking sheet.
  • 15Sprinkle top of loaf with sesame seeds; press seeds 
gently into surface of loaf. 
  • 16Cover very loosely with plastic wrap;
 let rise until almost doubled in bulk, 1 hour. 
  • 17Remove plastic wrap. Place rack in center 
of oven.

  • 18Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • 19Bake loaf in center 
of preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • 20Reduce heat to 375 F; bake 25 
  • 21The loaf is done when it sounds hollow when tapped on 
Cool completely on a rack before slicing.  Makes 1 loaf.

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About Muffaletta Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: Cajun/Creole
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtag: #heritage

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