August 17, 2020| By

Pane Rustico with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
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sliced bread with tomatoes

Pane Rustico with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is a delicious bread that I will be making for years to come! It's a soft bread with a pillowy crumb. It also has a really lovely crust that makes this the ideal bread to have as toast! I paired this bread with cream cheese and sun-dried cherry tomatoes from Cost Plus World Market and topped it with salt and fresh basil. To say that this combination was "good" is an understatement of the century!

loaf of bread

Pane Rustico is the second of three Sicilian inspired recipes from my partnership with Cost Plus World Market. Pane Rustico is a traditional Sicilian Bread that is typically baked in an wood-fired oven and eaten with stews, cheeses, and sandwiches!

Right after I baked this loaf, I couldn't wait for it to cool. I cut into it and let the steam fill my house with the smell of freshly baked bread. Easily one of my favorite smells!

pane rustico with sundried tomatoes - let's make this recipe!

loaf of bread with sundried tomatoes

After reading many recipes on how to bake, I wanted to keep this as authentic as possible. I don't have a wood-fired oven, but I do have an oven that gets pretty hot! The dutch oven preheated in the oven at 450 degrees F for 30 minutes. Then, I baked the bread at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, took the cover off of the dutch oven and took the heat up to 500 degrees F to get a beautiful crust on this loaf!

For this Pane Rustico with Sundried Tomatoes, I used three different kinds of flour for this recipe - bread flour, all purpose, and whole wheat. For the sake of time, I also yeast active dry yeast as opposed to making a biga. After looking at several recipes, yeast and a biga were used interchangeably.

sliced bread

World market items used in this recipe

Dark Mango Wood Butterfly Key Cutting Board

Agromonte Semi Dried Cherry Tomatoes

slices of bread

Pane Rustico with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pane Rustico with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is a delicious and easy bread recipe that has become a staple in my household! It's truly a classic!
Serving: 4 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 300kcal


  • 430 g Bread Flour
  • 80 g Whole Wheat Flour
  • 230 g All-Purpose Flour
  • 600 g Water
  • 6 g Active Dry Yeast
  • 17 g Kosher Salt


  • Combine bread flour, whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, and water in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and cover with a towel and allow dough to rest for 1 hour.
  • Add salt and yeast and knead dough for 5 minutes. Stretch and fold dough about 3-4 times and allow dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Stretch and fold dough again for 3 minutes. Dough should be a bit bubbly so be gentle with the dough so as to not degas it. Cover dough and put into an oven with the oven light on. Let it sit for 2.5 hours.
  • Gently place dough onto a floured work surface and stretch and fold the dough one last time. Gently fold dough on top of itself to form a shoelace pattern and add to a proofing basket dough side up. Cover dough and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add dutch oven to the oven for 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator and add to dutch oven and cover with lid. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove lid from bread and increase the oven temperature to 500 degrees and let bread bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Allow bread to cool for 1 hour.
  • Eat!


Calories: 300kcal
Course: Anytime, Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: Italian

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  1. Hi! Do you think it would harm the bread to leave it in the fridge longer than 3 hours? I started the process but don’t know if I’ll have time to bake it before I go to work. Thanks!

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