30 giugno 2011

Crescentine al rosmarino - Rosemary bread snacks for BBD # 41

la ricetta in italiano qui

End of the month and last day to post about BBD # 41 (well, actually time expires tomorrow at midnight). This month our charming hostess is Connie from My Discovery of Bread, and she choose to celebrate 4th Anniversary (yes, this international event has been carrying on  for so long, from the great idea of Zorra of Kochtopf) with the first theme enjoyed at BBD: Bread with local herb and/or spices.
I live in Italy, a Mediterrean country, and one of the most popular and very used herb in our kitchen is rosemary. Very interesting the meaning of its name I found on Wiki: "The name rosemary derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which is from "dew" (ros) and "sea" (marinus), or "dew of the sea", because in many locations it needs no other water than the humidity carried by the sea breeze to live. It was said to be draped around Aphrodite when she rose from the sea and was originally born of Ouranos's semen. Today, the goddess Aphrodite is associated with rosemary, as is the Virgin Mary, who was supposed to have spread her cloak over a white-blossomed rosemary bush when she was resting; according to legend, the flowers turned blue, the color most associated with Mary".
I am on vacation in Elba Island until the end of July and rosemary here is a little different, got thinner sprigs and needle-like leaves but is more fragrant.
This sort of short cut bread sticks are very common and popular in Bologna, but you can play with different shapes at your pleasure. They will be very nice at parties and pic-nics, excellent with ham and salami and cheese, or just as an aperitif with a good glass of wine.

crescentine rosmarino-bbd 41

You need:

500 g flour
200 g water
25 g fresh yeast
50 g lard
70g g extravirgin olive oil
8 g salt (one teaspoon)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

 facendo crescentine rosmarino

On your working surface make a well with the flour, pour into water, yeast, oil and lard, mix well, take some flour and start kneading, add salt and then mix everything well, knead until the dough is homogeneous. Shape into a ball, put in a greased bowl, cover and allow to rise an hour.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface shaping into a rectangle about 1cm.  thick. Cut into strips as wide as a finger using a pastry wheel and then divide  strips into 5/6/7cm long sticks. Arrange on baking tray lined with parchment paper, brush with olive oil and let rise for about twenty minutes. Bake in preheated oven at 190/200° for 16/20 minutes, depending on the size of the sticks.

If you wish, you can use also sage, oregano, thyme and marjoram ... Nice idea for Christmas/Easter table: use festive  cookies'cutters shaping stars, hearts, eggs, bells, rabbits. The scraps of dough can be knead again together, then cut into sticks.

crescentine rosmarino

BBD # 41 Round up

This recipe is also my entry to this week Susan's YeastSpotting

9 commenti:

Cristina Oltre le apparenze ha detto...

Wow...delicious snack! You are the best ^^ Bye bue Kris

Cristina Oltre le apparenze ha detto...

Oddio mi è scappato un 'bue'.. volevo dire 'bye bye' ... ;)

titty ha detto...

Siiiiii la copio subito ; )))) sempre brava ed originale!!

MG ha detto...

che bell'aspetto!!! M'hai fatto venire fame... uffaaaaaa! :(

Unknown ha detto...

buonissime,e posso solo immaginarne il profumo.BRAVISSIMA!

Marco_e_Barbara ha detto...

adoro l'odore e il sapore del rosmarino,hanno un aspetto delizioso questi snack,bravissima!!!!

connie ha detto...

Hello Cinzia, I have never seen these bread snacks before. But one day they will be in my kitchen too. They look delicious. Thank you for baking with us.

Gio ha detto...

ottime! ne farei fuori a decine senza pietà :P

Cindystar ha detto...

Bye, Kris! :-)

Titty, Luna, Neve, marco & B., grazie, il cestino è pieno, ce n'è anche per voi! :-)

Connie, thanks again to you for hosting!

Gio, anch'io :-), alla fine le ho dovute congelare per non finirle tutte da sola! :-)

Eka, grazie per l'info,passerò presto!

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