June 7, 2009

BBAC: Casatiello

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with steamed asparagus for brunch

and fresh strawberries for breakfast

I love the fifth bread in the BBAC, Casatiello. I am so glad I joined this baking challenge because I would never have paid attention to this bread if I hadn't. Whenever I flip through the book I always skip it thinking it's just another version of brioche and it actually is. The difference is, this Italian cousin of brioche is filled with meat and cheese. It's a savory buttery delicious bread which I enjoy very much for breakfast with fresh fruits and for brunch with steamed asparagus. It's also very good with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup, both sugary additions complement the toasted slices.


I filled the bread with diced mortadella and grated Asiago pressato. I like the mild flavor of the mortadella, think Spam only better, and I love the bits of fat and whole black peppercorns in it. The meat and cheese came out evenly distributed throughout the bread but I would have liked more filling and should have increased the amount by at least ¼ cup of each.

baked in a small loaf pan and 12-ounce coffee cans

I like this bread so much I baked a second batch (half a recipe), filled it with sopressata and a combination of diced Asiago pressato and coarsely grated young Gouda, and because I wanted to celebrate my "discovery" of this bread I baked it in a bundt pan. Taking a needed break from too much butter, I used extra virgin olive oil to replace almost all of the butter. I'm not sure if it is the olive oil but the second batch is more tender and flakier but just as delicious as the all-butter Casatiello; the flavor of the oil is very subtle, btw.

I can't believe this is half a recipe: the dough more than doubled in bulk after 50 minutes of proofing and had a good oven spring too, filling the pan almost to the top

it looks purty durn yummy

specially with sweet wine

flavor 5
texture 5
visual appeal 5
ease of preparation 5
performance 5
worth 5
Total: 30
Average: a perfect 5, another winner. Woohoo!


Anonymous said...

Wow - that looks awesome! I love your idea to replace the butter with olive oil. I haven't made this yet - just baked off my brioche today - but I would be more likely to make the bread more often without all the butter. It's a nice change, but it's just so rich. I feel my arteries clogging with each bite.

I haven't decided which meat and cheese to use for the casatiello, but I like the idea of sopressata and asiago a lot. Your loaves are beautiful!

What's Cookin Chicago said...

This looks delicious! Great job! (I've missed commenting on your blog for a bit so it's so good to have some time and catch up with all your cooking/baking! :) )

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Love, love, love it in the bundt pan! And.. thank you for making it with olive oil instead of butter. I've been wondering if that would be a possibility. I will definitely be making this again with that substitution. Great job!

Cindy said...

So pretty in the bundt pan. Great idea to use olive oil. Thanks for the suggestions.

Susie said...

How inventive. Great pan to bake your bread in. It is so pretty.
Nice baking along with you,

Midge said...

What a pretty bread - and I'm pretty sure it tasted great, too. You just can't beat the combo of sausage on buttery-tasting fresh bread!

Chibog in Chief said...

this is so original and gorgeously looking bread!! i love it! I will surely try it one of these days, we have tons of strawberries in the market!

Kelly said...

I love the idea of using olive oil. I think I need to give this one another shot after looking through the other BBA posts. I'm seeing some great suggestions.

You bread looks gorgeous!

Oggi said...

HaleySuzanne, thanks. You won't miss the butter in this bread because of the savory filling, and olive oil with its healthy qualities is for me a good substitute.

Joelen, thanks, I love this bread, really delicious.

Mags, anything for a break from butter.:)

Cindy and Susie, I like using it to highlight the filling.:)

Midge, thanks.:)

Dhanggit, it's wonderful with sweet strawberries...salty, cheesy, sweet.:)

Kelly, do try it...guilt-free eating specially after consuming butter rich brioche.:)

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