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!
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!
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.