Portuguese

Typical Bread

[...] This typical portuguese bread was made by my grandmother - the baker of the village - all her life and is, of all loaves, my very favorite. With it I carry memories of a simple and happy childhood, memories of wrinkled and loving hands, of a black apron speckled with flour, of small but filled with love eyes ... memories of a small, plump little old lady whose kindness is still something spoken nowadays by the four corners of the village. [...]

Ingredients 1 L warm water 1 cup olive oil 1 kg white spelt flour (or wheat bread flour) 1 teaspoon full salt

Method Preheat the oven to 220ΒΊC. In a large bowl put the flour and make a hole in the center. Add the water, the olive oil and the salt and mix with a spoon. When the dough forms, remove to a floured surface and knead (sprinkle with flour so that it does not stick to your hands). Leave to rest for about 15 minutes. Form 2 discs flattened and with a knife open diagonal stripes, making a kind of grid. Bake for about 1 hour or until the crust is golden.

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