“When we were kids, our mom used to spoil us in a very “pugliese” way“, says Donato, our head chef at Masseria Torre Coccaro. “Whenever she prepared her homemade bread, she would create a little doll out of dough for each one of us kids. These “pupazzetti” were the most popular snacks I can possibly remember, since they not only looked cute with their little chubby little arms and legs and the weirdest hairdos, but also tasted like heaven, especially when eaten freshly from the oven…”
You might want to try it at home – and surprise your own family with a typically puglia present. It doesn’t take much to prepare the dough. You’ll certainly have all the ingredients at home and even if you don’t own a breadmaking machine like we do in our Coccaro kitchen, don’t worry: You can easily work the dough by hand. One of the kids might even want to give you a hand.
Our chef Luigi Giannuzzi will show you step by step how you prepare your own fresh panini at home and surprise everyone with a delicious object of art.
Here’s the recipe.
1 kg flour
30 g yeast (fresh)
30 g salt
500 g water
Work all the ingredients beside the salt by hand for about 15 minutes. Towards the end – that’s important, otherwise the dough won’t become fluffy! – add salt. Put your dough on a clean, not too warm surface and cover with plastic foil to accelerate the the rising.
Then remove the plastic and take a sharp knife to cut pieces off your dough. Look, here’s what Luigi created especially for you: Don’t you just love them? Put everything on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 160/170 degrees. And, please, don’t burn your fingers while you try to taste right away