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Maryetta's Italian Sausage Bread

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Category: Breads

 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb Italian sausage, sweet
  • 1 1/4 c Water; lukewarm
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 pk Dry active yeast
  • 1 pn Saffron
  • 1 tb Fennel seeds
  • 4 c All-purpose flour; sifted
  • 5 ts Olive oil
  • Cornmeal

 Directions

If you think your sausage has too much fat, simmer in shallow water in a
frying pan, pricking the sausage with a sharp knife to allow the fat to
escape.

Combine the lukewarm water, salt, yeast, saffron, and fennel seeds in a
metal cup and maintain a lukewarm temperature to keep the yeast active.
Sift the flour into a large bowl, and make a well in the center of it. Pour
in the yeast mixture and mix well (you will have to use your hands). Knead
the dough until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes), then pour the oil
over the dough and knead until no longer sticky (about 5 minutes). Place in
a large bowl, cover with a towel, and put in a warm place until it doubles
in size. (Press the dough with your fingertips; if they leave a stubborn
imprint, it has risen enough.)

When the rising time is almost over, presoak a clay pot, top and bottom,
for 15 minutes.

Roll the dough out to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Place the sausages (about 5)
on top of the dough, wrap each in its own pocket, and pinch the ends
closed. Place each pocket side by side to form one loaf. Trim a piece of
aluminum foil, cover the bottom of the bottom of the presoaked pot and
sprinkle with cornmeal. Add the dough to the pot and put lid on, then put
the covered pot in a warm place and let the dough rise until doubled in
size (about 60 minutes).

Cover the pot and place it in a cold oven.

Set the oven temperature at 450 degrees F.

Bake for 45 minutes, then check the bread and let it continue baking,
uncovered, in the oven to brown for an additional 15 minutes (total cooking
time about 60 minutes). The bread will be done when a finger thump on the
loaf's surface sounds hollow.

Allow the bread to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

NOTE: This recipe can be safely doubled, but use 2 pots for cooking.

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