Semolina gives great texture to breads. Semolina makes the crumb really soft. When I first used Semolina to bake bread, I was quite skeptical. I was not too sure if the grainy semolina could be kneaded into dough with the right softness that is required to get a good loaf. But the result was quite contrary to my expectations. The loaf was perfect, the crumb soft, and the taste – great.
My first 100% Semolina Bread
This is my second bread with semolina.
Adapted from How to Bake by Nick Malgieri
This is how I made Semolina Bread
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon instant dry yeast
All the sponge, above
¾ cup semolina
½ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon olive oil to grease the bowl, hands and baking sheet.
To make the sponge, add yeast to warm water in a mixing bowl. Add all purpose flour and mix well. Cover and keep it in a warm place for 1 hour or till the sponge doubles.
To make the dough, whisk semolina with all purpose flour and salt. Add olive oil and mix well.
Stir the sponge and deflate it. Empty it in the kneading plate.
Add semolina flour mix. Drizzle some olive oil in your hands and knead for 6 to 8 minutes. The dough feels very wet and sticky in the beginning. Gradually semolina absorbs water and begins to swell. The dough becomes soft, supple and elastic.
Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and keep it to rise for one hour or until doubled.
Turn the risen dough onto the floured counter and deflate it. Knead for 2 minutes and shape it into an oval by stretching the surface and tucking it down.
Grease the baking tray, sprinkle some wheat flour and place the shaped dough with tucked side down.
Cover with a greased plastic wrap and keep it to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
Take a sharp knife, hold it at about 30 degree angle to the loaf and slash three lines.
Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 30-35 minutes, until the loaf turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool on a rack, slice next day.
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