Ricotta Bread


Since we left Umbria last November, I have gotten out of the habit of making my own bread at home. I’m not sure why, but life is just different here in Florida compared to my country life in Umbria. I decided last week that I needed to start making bread on a regular basis once again. I went through my files of recipes on my “to do” list and pulled out a recipe for Ricotta bread that I’ve made once before but never managed to get the recipe posted here. Ricotta bread has a lovely, moist, fine grained texture and a nice chewy delicate crust. This recipe makes enough dough for two loaves of bread, and I decided to make one baguette loaf for bruschetta, and a nice oval shaped loaf that I’ll slice for sandwiches.

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Deborah Mele 2011

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Ricotta Bread

Yield: Makes 2 Loaves

Prep Time: 2 1/2 hrs

Cook Time: 45 mins

The addition of ricotta cheese creates a moist, country style bread.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Plus Additional Warm Water As Needed(About 110 degrees F.)
1 Package Rapid Rise Active Yeast (1/4 Ounce)
Pinch of Sugar
4 Cups Unbleached Bread Flour
2 Teaspoons Salt
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Cup Fresh Ricotta Cheese
For Shaping:
Additonal Flour Or Fine Cornmeal

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix the 1/2 cup warm water, sugar and yeast and stir to mix, then let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
In a large bowl, place 3 2/3 cup of the flour, the olive oil, salt, ricotta, and cinnamon.
Add the yeast mixture and stir with a large spoon until the dough begins to come together, adding enough additional warm water as needed to create a dough.
Dump the dough onto a board or counter, and using the additional flour as needed, knead the dough by hand until the dough is smooth, about 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough into the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Divide the dough in two, and shape as desired into baguettes, or oval or round shaped loaves.
Place the loaves on two separate baking sheets that have been lightly coated with flour or fine cornmeal.
Let loaves rest for about 45 minutes.
While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. and arrange two oven racks in the middle of the oven. 5 minutes before baking, place a baking dish with water on the oven floor which will help create a good crust on the bread.
Dust the loaves lightly with flour, and using a very sharp knife or bread lame, cut slashed into the top of the loaves to allow expansion as they bake.
Bake the loaves until they are golden brown and reach an internal temperature of 200 degrees F., about 45 minutes.
Cool on racks to room temperature before slicing.



 

3 Responses to “Ricotta Bread”

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    Printabelle — August 15, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I had some ricotta in my frig and was wanting to make bread and found your beautiful blog. Thanks so much for sharing! Going to check out some of your recipes, they look wonderful.

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    Allison B — March 13, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    I tried this bread last week and it was easy and a way to use up ricotta in the fridge. While it was too dense for my taste ( I did forget to punch it down – maybe that is why), it was ok toasted with jelly. I sliced and froze one loaf to keep for toast. The other I left out by accident so I ground and toasted it for bread crumbs and it made the BEST meatballs. I will certainly make this bread again for, if nothing else, breadcrumbs. * I can not wait to try your Lemon Cake you just posted. I love baking without butter or shortening. I will most likely adjust the recipe to just use bottled lemon juice but it does look easy, light and yummy. Thanks.
    Will you be cooking a big Easter spread? I am curious about what you may plan to make? My Aunt would make a large danish stuffed with fig. We always made the breads together so I know how to do that. There would also be custards, rice pie, wheat pie, ricotta pie, black bottom pie, Quiche (one huge one with 7 different meats – the name escapes me, ham, fruitcup and more. But the fig danish recipe I need to find. Do you have one?

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    Susan — July 7, 2014 @ 5:36 pm

    Hi,

    I was searching for recipes that include ricotta cheese and discovered your website. I love making bread, so was eager to try this recipe. I wasn’t sure why you had included cinnamon as a flavoring, thinking it would overpower the intrinsic beautiful flavor of homemade bread. I was happily surprised to find this bread delicious and not too sweet. The cinnamon added a surprising hint of nuance to the bread that I hadn’t expected. I love it!

    It makes a fantastic french toast.

    Thanks for this website. I will continue to explore your wonderful recipes.

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