Italian Essentials: Sardinian Pane Carasau

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Andy Anderson !

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@ThePretentiousChef

The Pane Carasau, or flatbread is a staple of cooking on the island of Sardinia, and can be used in many of the ways that you are used to using regular flatbread.

They have a clean taste and can be used with any number of toppings, or cut into triangles, and used with your favorite dipping sauce.

Do not worry about all the steps. Most of them are tips and tricks and me chuntering on. Truth be told, it is actually a quite simple recipe.

So, you ready... Let's get into the kitchen.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
Several
Prep:
2 Hr 40 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • PLAN/PURCHASE

  • 1 1/2 c
    warm water, about 105f (40c)
  • 1 tsp
    sugar, granulated variety
  • 1 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 1/2 c
    bread flour
  • 1 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or other non-flavored variety

How to Make Italian Essentials: Sardinian Pane Carasau

Step-by-Step

  1. PREP/PREPARE
  2. This recipe will make 8 Pane Carasau, if that is more than you need, just cut the recipe in half.
  3. You could knead the dough by hand; however, the best way would be with a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook.

    In addition, you will need a pizza stone, or a flat baking sheet.
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Add the sugar to the water, swirl to mix, sprinkle the yeast over the top, then wait about 15 minutes.
  6. Chef’s Note: What we are doing is “proofing” the yeast. After 15 minutes, it should start to look foamy. If it just sits on top of the water and mocks you, your yeast is dead. Give it a proper burial, get some new yeast, and start over.
  7. Chef’s Tip: If you are using instant yeast, you do not have to go through the proofing process, just toss the dry yeast in with the other ingredients and carry on with the recipe.
  8. While the yeast if proofing, add the all-purpose flour and salt to a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook, then whisk to combine.
  9. Add the yeast/sugar water to the mixer and start on low speed.
  10. Chef’s Tip: The actual ratio of liquid to flour is determined by several factors; including the humidity of your kitchen. It is a good idea to have a bit of extra flour and water available, just in case.
  11. Add a few tablespoons of the bread flour to the mixer and allow them to incorporate before adding more.
  12. Continue adding flour, a bit at a time, until the dough comes together, and begins climbing the hook.
  13. At this point remove dough from the bowl of the mixer and knead a few times on a lightly floured surface.
  14. Add the oil to a bowl, toss in the dough, coat with the oil, and then cover with a tea towel, then place in a non-drafty corner of the kitchen until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  15. Chef’s Tip: Rise time is determined by the ambient temperature of the surrounding air. The warmer the air, the faster the process.
  16. Remove the tea towel, punch down the dough, then cover and allow to rise a second time, until doubled in size, about another hour.
  17. Place a pizza stone, or baking sheet on a rack in the lower position, and preheat the oven to 500f (260c)
  18. Remove the dough from the bowl, onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for a minute or two.
  19. Divide into eight equal portions, then take one of the portions, roll into a ball, and lightly press down to flatten it out.
  20. Use a rolling pin, to flatten it out into a thin disk. Use as much flour as you need to keep it from sticking.
  21. Chef’s Note: Do not try to make the flatbreads “perfectly” round.

    This is flatbread… it is rustic… have fun.
  22. To move it, an easy way is to drape it over your rolling pin.
  23. Chef’s Note: I am using a French tapered rolling pin; however, any old rolling pin will do the job.
  24. This is the tricky part… Getting that thin disk of dough into the oven without burning yourself or tearing the dough.

    I am using a pizza peel, dusted with a bit of flour. You might use another flat baking sheet, or possibly a really big spatula.
  25. Add the flatbread to the oven and set a timer for 3 minutes.
  26. After 3 minutes flip the dough and let it bake another 3 minutes.
  27. Chef’s Note: The dough should have bubbles, and a few brown spots.
  28. Remove from the oven and repeat the process for the remaining dough balls.
    1. Flatten out with a rolling pin.
    2. Add to oven for 3 minutes.
    3. Flip and bake an additional 3 minutes.
  29. These flatbreads will store for 5 – 7 days wrapped up in the fridge, or for several months in the freezer.
  30. When ready to use, brush both sides with a bit of olive oil, and pop them into a 500f (260c) oven for just a quick minute or two.
  31. PLATE/PRESENT
  32. Flatbreads can be used in so many ways. My personal favorite is for making Sardinian Pizza; however, other ways include:
    • Pizza (of course)
    • Cheese & spinach
    • Chicken or beef shawarma
    • Gyros
    • Cut up and serve with a good dip, like hummus
    • Serve with some fruit on top
    And the list goes on and on. Enjoy.
  33. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Italian Essentials: Sardinian Pane Carasau

Course/Dish: Flatbreads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian Vegan Low Fat Soy Free



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