Let's face it, if it were such a good idea every contemporary French person carrying a miche home would be dangling it from some string. After an hour, it should start taking shape — we’re now just looking at cosmetics. Prepare your steam tray. KNEAD: Continue until you achieve a good window pane (with these flours it’s never going to be great). .. prompting me to pull my finger out and post the recipe. Precise time varies with the ambient temperature. One of which "carried on poles" which reminded me of this Norwegian bread notated: "In the olden times the bread was preserved by drying it over the stove. When you look at the idea of binding the dough it really doesn't make any sense. As he also 'recreated' the ancient recipe using modern wheat, gluten powder and bakers' yeast, I think it's fair to say that he has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. Gradually add the rest of the water and let the dough come together (you may need all of the water or even a bit more, depending on the flour you use). BAKE: Slide the miche into your oven and immediately turn the heat down to 225/205(fan)ºC (440/400F) and bake for 50-75 minutes until dark brown. Luckily, about the size of a 1.5kg banneton. I replaced 50% of the spelt with it, making it about 40% buckwheat in the formula. Do this for 2 minutes on a stand mixer (3-4 minutes by hand). ...buckwheat flour. Not that he cared any longer. It is only a tiny amount of bread that was made using SD - just like today. Could I point out that there is no chord around the loaf. Your email address will not be published. However, it still tasted very good. DOUBLE-HYDRATE. I first saw this loaf when I was 10 in our encyclopedia under archaeology. the bakery was located next to the brewery and that this bread was made with barm and not SD since most bread at that tie was made with barm not Sourdough. That's an idea that the celebrity chef who 'recreated' the recipe for the loaf came up with to explain the indentation around the edge of the loaf. PRE-SHAPE: On a lightly floured surface, gently de-gas the dough, tuck the edges into the centre, flip over, then, with floured hands (the dough is quite sticky), drag it into a loose boule in four quick turns, making sure not to overwork it. If you can, AUTOLYSE: Cover and let the dough rest for, DOUBLE-HYDRATE. I saw one myself in the exhibition at the British Museum - the same one Locatelli based his loaf on. Having only see a few picture of a loaf, I certainly can't tell what the groove, It looks a lot like rope some versions. Do a quick Google Image search and you turn up other loaves bound in this fashion. KNEAD: Knead for 1 minute into a shaggy mass. The recipe is adapted from the ever-reliable Weekend Bakery's Miche formula and is is therefore fairly disaster-proof. Do this for. I sprinkled the loaf with anise, poppy, and sesame seeds because it’s known they were used by Roman bakers and because I like the their taste. This is the ultimate piece of toast: a loaf of bread made in the first century AD, which was discovered at Pompeii, preserved for centuries in the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius. Storing it on wooden sticks also made it inaccessible for mice and rats." Even thought the crumb looked great. It's a 2kg cane banneton, so that's about... As I mentioned, I did bake one test loaf with... late response but hoping to provide some answers, https://classics.dartmouth.edu/sites/classics.dartmouth.edu/files/Briar%20Teron%20Thesis%202008.pdf, ChocolateStout&FreshCherries&Hazelnut Levain, PREFERMENT: Mix the ingredients for the preferment together into a stiff-ish dough and leave at room temperature (. Thanks for the kind comments. For those of you who don't know the back-story, when the Pompeii Live exhibition was staged at the British Museum in 2013, one of the items on display was a carbonised loaf of bread found in a bakery oven. The whole article/thesis provides even more information into the process, preferred methods, and preferred ingredients so I would check that out if you're interested. All worked very well. When I was a journalist I learned that you need at least two sources before can begin to assume that a fact may be true. Around the 2nd century BC it gradually replaced Puls in the ancient roman cuisine. I would think a baker would figure out they are constantly overrunning their basket and reduce the dough. Bread stamps have been much discussed on TFL. Show me an academic description of a loaf which includes a description of a chord wrapped around it and I'll happily acknowledge that I was mistaken and withdraw my scornful posts. They also had communal ovens to which you could bring your dough (bread-stamped, of course) to be baked overnight. Although this stacking is done today, often religious practises are very conservative and change slowly or very little over such a time span. The three principal varieties were einkorn wheat, emmer wheat, and spelt. Rye sourdough culture (100% hydration) (preferment), Kamut Khorosan (or wholemeal (wholewheat) flour or buckwheat flour), With so much whole grains I don't think you need. But again who knows. I like your twist and the rope is lovely. It’s a big loaf, so you’ll need to use both hands and/or a bench scraper to do this. All in all it is an interesting question. Carefully turn the miche onto your baking peel. Return to bowl, cover, and leave to rest for 50 minutes more. Now, I'm 21 and somehow enlightened how and why it looked liked that. more info at the source. Bread Loaves Frozen in Time. I have to say it’s cool how they figured out how to keep the shape of the loaf with a rope. I also looked at photos and interpreted string. They’re deep cuts but, if you tie the cord around the loaf first, the miche keeps the shape it would lose if it was sliced without the cord. There are indeed cords wrapped around many Pompeii loaves. On the day of the eruption in 79AD, it received a slightly longer and higher temperature bake than the baker intended. The Roman bread exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples was later borrowed by the British Museum. The Hirshon Icelandic Meat Soup – Kjötsúpa. THIRD S&F. A second stamp for identification could be employed before or after the first stamping. Make marks on the top of the dough with a knife dividing it into 8. The link and videos are also listed under: Jesus Bread  (TFL archives)  It is the second of two videos. Almost two-thirds were large enough to have their own donkey or slave-powered flour mills. FIRST S&F: Wet your hands and, either do one complete stretch-and-old turn in the bowl, or tip onto a floured work surface then do one stretch-and-fold. In cities like Pompeii bakers used barm because it made bread rise faster nd,just like today, most people did not want their bread sour. bread recipe from pompeii.Our site gives you recommendations for downloading video that fits your interests. A thin chord won't help the dough retain its shape, especially if the loaf is made of spelt or emmer. KNEAD: Add the salt and knead for 3 minutes on a stand mixer (5-6 minutes by hand). [9] Roman chefs made sweet buns flavored with blackcurrants and cheese cakes made … Dozens of loaves have been recovered from the Pompeii ashes, some with cords and string, some without. This is optional depending upon the strength of gluten development in the dough. Hell, it can take the average home baker a few passes with a tried and true modern recipe with pictures or video to replicate a recipe SHAPE: Lightly flour your surface and hands again then shape the dough into a tighter boule, making sure not to tear its skin. I actually wrote to the British Museum to say this is what I'd prefer to see as their example of a Pompeii bread. As I was looking for a good picture of the hanging hapanleipä, I came across this picture that seemed appropriate to include: As to your question if string was available two thousand years ago a quick google or in this case wikipedia will tell us:  "Impressions of cordage found on fired clay provide evidence of string and rope-making technology in Europe dating back 28,000 years". Then there’s the division of the loaf into wedges. Likewise, the idea of using the string to carry the loaf makes no sense when you think of what would happen if you tried: the loaf would spin, bang against your leg, bring it into the reach of every dog you passed, of which there were plenty on Roman streets, and, if the loaf were big enough and you were short enough, it would probably drag in the mud. The so-called "Sale of Bread" fresco from the House of the Baker or Casa del Forno (c. 79 CE) in Pompeii, Italy.The fresco is misleadingly titled because it actually depicts the distribution of bread by a political candidate or politician, rather than the sale of bread by a baker or vendor. Admittedly, some images are more clear than others. I baked my first Pompeii miche using a cord made from garden twine. with this video using traditional shaping for holy bread. When baked, transfer to a rack and leave to cool. PREFERMENT: Mix the ingredients for the preferment together into a stiff-ish dough and leave at room temperature (18-24℃ – 65-75F) for 12 hours or overnight. By now, you should have a pretty nice mix — make a round shape like this one and leave it to rest for an hour. I did post my theory as to how the loaf got its shape in this thread: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/42337/making-2000-year-old-bread if anyone's interested in reading it. Maybe, as in the present day with many artifacts, bread was so ubiquitous it was not deemed worthy of recording how it was made. Like janra, I'm curious about the result if using buckwheat. But. Which is why I now use loaf tins. I haven't been able to find a statement by an archaeologist or historian who's actually studied these loaves which resolves the dilemma. If I used buckwheat again, I would reduce it in the formula to about 20%, enough to get a good flavour and low enough to get a good rise. I have seen people carry these from a butcher by the string down the road without being attacked by dogs, dragging it in the mud and they don't add their own body hair and sweat by "tucking it under your arm". Okay, why the twine? Sample recipes of food prepared in Pompeii. It was enough to significantly affect the oven spring and produced quite a disappointing loaf relative to the beauty this recipe delivers with the other flours. Any delay to the grain fleet triggered food riots. All I can say is that there's right or wrong here. Bake for 45 mns in the oven. Interesting is that two discs are cut out, the lower one is wetted and the second stamped disc is stacked onto the lower disk and pressed together. AUTOLYSE: Cover and let the dough rest for 30 minutes. If you can cover it with a lid. No seems sure, but the simplest explantion is that the loaves could be sold or served by the slice, just as some miches are sold in France today. Cover with a damp cloth (or similar) and let it rest for 20 minutes. When you think the bread has risen enough, use your finger to carefully make a very small dent in the dough. I also tried a 40% dark rye with a long - 15 hour - cold retard. When I replaced the Kamut flour with either buckwheat or wholemeal it was needed. Preheat your oven to 225/205(fan)ºC (440/400F). Bread. 29.11.2018 - Recipe 2000 Year Old Pompeii Bread Recipe by Panoukla, learn to make this recipe easily in your kitchen machine and discover other Thermomix recipes in Breads & rolls. MIX. Eighty charred loaves alone were recovered from the ovens of one baker, Modestus. SECOND S&F: Repeat and leave for another 50 minutes. You need to slice down to the cord. Knead the dough and make it into a circular shape. Related Content: inch cake pan, leaving a hole in the center. In came a sourdough preferment, ancient flours, and artisinal techniques to develop gluten. PROVE: Cover again and leave to prove for up to, When the loaf is ready, turn the oven up to. What a fantastic post. Ingredients 400g biga acida (sourdough) 12g yeast 18g gluten 24g salt 532g water 405g spelt flour 405g wholemeal flour If you see anything inappropriate on the site or have any questions, contact me at floydm at thefreshloaf dot com. There’s the bread stamp on it which reads ‘Property of Celer, Slave of Q. Granius Verus’. Professor Clavel never claimed to invent the autolyse process. Your Roman bread is ready to be served. True Roman bread for true Romans! Add water and mix 3 to 4 minutes. Since he was a chemist, he noticed that this process looked similar  to, what scientists called autolysis in biology, even though it isn't the same. Bookmarked! Seems to me all we can do is to have conversations, speculate and discuss. Great looking loaf that would make any ancient baker proud. I accept that it may look as if there is a chord around a loaf in a photograph but I'm only too aware that appearances can be deceiving and I'm too old and too cynical to accept appearances as fact. Dust your peel with flour then turn the boule onto it. Content posted by community members is their own. ...slicing a miche with a huge open crumb? Let sit for 5 minutes. String makes as much sense as knocking out all the great bread for a hole. Why not have a go at making a true artisinal loaf instead and have a go at baking it wrapped in a cord? Roman bakers didn’t just sell their own bread (like the unstamped Pompeii loaf above). For a fee you could have your own loaves baked in their ovens (a communal tradition that only recently died out in France but survives in Morocco - read Bill Alexander's superb 52 Loaves for more) hence the need to identify which loaf was your own. Great looking loaf and nice post. I'm aware that the BM asked Locatelli to do that 'recreation' but I'd suggest that it was more likely to have been someone involved in PR, promoting the exhibition, than an expert in ancient foods and culinary practices. PRE-SHAPE: On a lightly floured surface, gently de-gas the dough, tuck the edges into the centre, flip over, then, with floured hands (the dough is quite sticky), drag it into a loose boule in four quick turns, making sure not to overwork it. However, since bread-making was almost unchanged until the 20th Century, we're probably on relatively safe grounds recreating the method. As for your idea that it is a banneton - I would wonder how many of the loaves have been found (I have no idea) - If it is more than one the banneton seems illogical to me. Food and cooking are timeless and universal. Colanders and saucepans, strainers and skillets were used in Pompeii and pastry cutters were part of cooking equipment in Gaul in 200 A.D. Read more about Roman Cooking Methods at KET and two fascinating books Around the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome by Patrick Faas, published by … Out went the modern flour, yeast, and gluten additive. I was only being a bit jokey about Clavel, sorry it didn't come over as that. I don't know where you're seeing the antagonism. The loaf has a little Vesuvius look too! :). This is optional depending upon the strength of gluten development in the dough. The Food Dictator is abjectly served by WORDPRESS, The Hirshon Finnish Rye Bread - Ruisleipä, The Hirshon Irish 'Spotted Dog' Soda Bread - Arán Sóide, The Hirshon Santorini Tomato Keftedes - κεφτέδες ντομάτα, « The Hirshon Calabrian Chicken Roasted in Sea Water – Gadduzzu all’Acqua ‘I Mari, The Hirshon Shrimp Cocktail And Cocktail Sauce ». The favorite bread-making wheat was Triticum vulgare, a naked variety of wheat, and ancestor of modern wheat, As for the process the flour could be combined with eggs, milk, or butter mostly when dealing with pastry making. Various locally produced bread grains include rye, millet, and barley, However, wheat was the preferred grain because it produced aerated bread and had good quality of gluten. I know what I saw and interpreted accordingly. If you're not bothered one way or the other, then by all means ignore my posts but please don't take offence because I'm looking for corroboration of your interpretation of what you saw before I change mine. Jun 3, 2013 - Recipe for the ancient roman bread from Pompei. The carbonised remains of loaves of bread were found in one, demonstrating that the oven was in … What is really so remarkable about the loaf from Pompeii is its similarity to modern breads - that it can be very closely replicated in the video. And the bread stamp? I'd like to know if I'm mistaken in believing that Locatelli came up with a crack-pot idea to go with the 'recreation' which suggested that he's not very well informed on culinary history. SCORE: Make four cuts from rim to rim across the centre to create eight segments. SHAPE: Lightly flour your surface and hands again then shape the dough into a tighter boule, making sure not to tear its skin. Thanks for the kind comment, and thanks for... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYTuNXq1eBk, http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/42337/making-2000-year-old-bread. Gradually add the water and continue mixing until you get a dough that isn't too sticky or floury. Although it makes a delicious, nutty-textured bread, Khorosan is horrendously expensive, so I tried the miche with varying proportions of all the flours, including replacing the Khorosan with wholemeal/wholewheat or buckwheat. Either way is good. As promised in AbeNW11's post on Making 2,000 Year Old Bread this is my now thoroughly tested recipe for the Pompeii loaf. At the time of the destruction of Pompeii in AD 79 , there were at least 33 bakeries in that city. Until I find that second source, the status quo has to prevail. So, each to their own. Remove the steam tray 30 minutes into the bake. Tie the cord around the loaf, knotting it to make a carrying loop from its tails. In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Many homes in Pompeii baked their own bread but it seems that bakeries or pistrina were popular food outlets in the town. Spray it lightly with water then sprinkle on the seeds. Apart from surviving the eruption, the loaf is notable for three things. If after 30-45 seconds the dent remains, the bread is ready to bake, if the indentation disappears, the dough needs a little bit more time. Wait until it is absorbed before making the next addition. In fact, he said and wrote that he came across the technique of mixing flour and water and letting it sit ,before any salt or yeast was added, in an old French bread cook book from 1290 AD or so and several other ones after that. My intention has been to correct what I believe is a misconception founded on an hypothesis put forward by someone apparently unqualified to do so. Bread was actually the most important food in ancient Rome. ... and it included a bread baking portion! BULK FERMENT: Return to a greased bowl and let it rest for, FIRST S&F: Wet your hands and, either do one complete stretch-and-old turn in the bowl, or tip onto a floured work surface then do one stretch-and-fold. The cord holds the loaf's shape when you cut it as deep as the Pompeiian bakers did. Without it, it would be a lot more disc-like. On August 24 in 79 A.D., just before Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum and preserved their ruins in ash, a baker put his last loaf of bread into the oven. I for one think that twine makes a wonderful tool for keeping the loaves out of the mud and away from the dogs, However, in my house we don't have either, so it isn't something I plan to experiment with. When ready, and if you have a thermometer at hand, determine the Desired Dough Temperature (I aimed for … The museum asked chef Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the bread. It's a fresco from inside their house in Pompeii. Herculaneum loaf is a stamped sourdough loaf of bread that has been partially preserved due to being carbonised.It was baked on 24 August 79 AD at Herculaneum, and later rediscovered from the archaeological site in 1930.. I always liked the twine handle idea. Return to bowl, cover, and leave to rest for. It’s fascinating stuff but, viewing it, my reaction was that this is was a restaurant loaf, one made using modern techniques (yeast, gluten powder etc.). Not so good. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! but I apologise if anything I've written has come across that way. via Metafilter/Make. They look like a pleasant couple, but then, of course, they're bakers. A 100% buckwheat loaf would produce a giant discus. When the bread is done, let it … This site is powered by Drupal. Make sure you flour your hands again if they begin to stick to the boule. television programme which aired at around the time of the exhibition and which included Locatelli's video. BULK FERMENT: Return to a greased bowl and let it rest for 50 minutes. PROVE: Cover again and leave to prove for up to 90 minutes. Stretch and folds: After the 1 hour of autolysing (initial mix-and-sit phase) take the dough out and … (When the bread is done, the bottom will sound hollow when you knock on it.) Let bread … Dissolve the salt and sugar into the water. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napolii (© Fotografica Foglia). Also if you are really interested there is a book titled "Bakeries, bakers, and bread at Pompeii" by Betty Jo B. Mayeske which isn't at a library near me. Walking through the Lost City of Pompeii evokes a lot of strange feelings. Take a look in the window of a butcher and you will likely see something like this: Food tied and hung. Recipe 2000 Year Old Pompeii Bread Recipe by Panoukla, learn to make this recipe easily in your kitchen machine and discover other Thermomix recipes in Breads & rolls. There's no record of sourdough being used to make Roman bread until the 3rd or 4th centuries although it was widespread in the Levant at the time of Pompeii (according to HE Jacob in Six Thousand Years of Bread). The importance of bread in a roman’s diet is justified by the finding of 35 bakeries. Despite the devastation of the eruption, quite a few loaves have been found. Sprinkle the top of the boule with flour, gently turn it upside down, then carefully place it in the banneton. Handy for the Roman shopper/house slave. I used a 100% hydration dark rye sourdough starter, but any will do (however, you do need to adjust the water quantity if you use a lower hydration starter). Basically, you melt the yeast in the water like you would in any bread and you add it to the biga. Once the sourdough is roughly mixed, begin to pour the water into the well slowly, mixing gently with your hands. Wait until it is absorbed before making the next addition. Close. One of her most memorable food recreations is of an unusual bread found in the ruins at Pompeii, the town of 15,000 people that was buried in ash … It would be far easier to tuck it under your arm. And you can watch him and his kitchen staff doing just that on this video here. The bread was the food of poor people. I’ve also cut it some loaves into six wedges rather than eight. British Museum made a recipe and a video of how they recreated 2000 year old bread from Herculaneum preserved in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. And these loaves, further emphasize the mysteries and tragedies of the Lost City. But don't forget the BM itself asked Locatlelli to recreate the loaf, which he did. Put some string around it to give it the distinctive shape and make … If you take a careful look at the photo at the top of the post you will indeed see a cord/rope/string tied around it. MIX. Continue kneading and dribble a little of the remaining water into the mixing bowl (or sprinkle on your work surface). Sprinkle the top of the boule with flour, gently turn it upside down, then carefully place it in the banneton. The idea of twine for storing or transporting food isn't even uncommon. Very beautiful! If I were inclined to think the twine is correct, your disdain for the "celebrity chef" could be flipped to say he took credit for "coming up with the idea" when really he just put some pieces of a puzzle together. After this, add the salt and keep mixing for three minutes. And here’s a portrait of another baker, Terentius Neo, and his wife. Cover with a damp cloth (or similar) and let it rest for. All original site content copyright 2020 The Fresh Loaf unless stated otherwise. Thank you for sharing! He holds a scroll, showing he was literate. The mixture will be a little sticky and soft. I'd sum up my experience as frustrating as hell. Continue kneading and dribble a little of the remaining water into the mixing bowl (or sprinkle on your work surface). Problem solved. It has no basis in fact and makes absolutely no sense. When baked, transfer to a rack and leave to cool. to worry about large holes making the bread hard to slice:-). Place dough in the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Among the ruins of Pompeii—ancient coins, jewelry, frescoes—a loaf of bread was found. Since that post, I've also read this document: http://preview.tinyurl.com/od6e2q9 from the University of Warwick which suggests that the loaf was found in a house, not a baker's oven, and that it was probably made of emmer, not spelt. If you watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYTuNXq1eBk at about four minutes, Locatelli himself explains that he came up with the idea of wrapping string around the loaf. When ready, and if you have a thermometer at hand, determine the Desired Dough Temperature (I aimed for 25℃ – 77F) and adjust your water temperature to achieve it. I can't claim to be an expert on the subject but I do have a particular interest in that period of Roman history and I've never heard any suggestion that loaves were bound in that manner, which is why I was so surprised to hear that the BM was willing to allow such a suggestion to be voiced by a non-historian in a film made in its name. Thought it might be more helpful to provide some information for anyone who wants to really reach for authenticity. In addition to the bread the kitchen of Pompeii was also based on the vegetables. .. Carefully turn the miche onto your baking peel. A difference you can taste. In total, 33 bakeries have so far been found in Pompeii. Am I curious enough to try it myself...? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw9Fo-5RLRY. So, not his idea, I'm afraid, but still an excellent project (the 'making of' video is linked to already in the third paragraph of this post). From the charred remains of food emerges a large consumer of cauliflower grown only in the gardens of ancient Pompeii. Gradually add the rest of the water and let the dough come together (you may need all of the water or even a bit more, depending on the flour you use). Since at least the time of the Ancient Egyptians until commercial yeast became available, most all bread was made with barm. Flour hands and take small… Why the wedges? For their 2013 live cinema event, “Pompeii Live from the British Museum,” London-based Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli was invited to recreate the 2000-year-old recipe. Bakeries are easy to identify because of the large bread ovens attached to them. Seen often in frescoes and sculpture, and in specimens of carbonized loaves from Pompeii and Herculaneum. It was pretty good, but still flatter than I like. 1.In a large mixing bowl, blend flour, yeast, and salt. In one bakery, 85 loaves were found left in an oven at the time of the eruption showing the demand for shop brought bread was high. The same applies to double-hydration. Cover and let rise until the balls have risen and the hole has disappeared (about 1 hour). After all, bread-making’s been around for eight thousand years. As an aside, it's also worth mentioning that the majority of Rome's bread flour subsidy given to all citizens--the dole--was imported from Egypt. Recipe here: Ingredients for dough: 800 gr (6 cups) of whole … Ironically, basalt rock from old lava flows was used to make both the millstones and the floors of the wood-fired ovens. The loaf was discovered from a villa owned by Quintus Granius Verus, and it also proved the ownership of the villa due to being stamped. The markings visible on the top are made from a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to use in order to mark the source of the loaves, and to prevent fraud. Professor Calvel's claim to fame is that he invented the term Autolyse for this process in bread making,to distinguish it fro autolysis - not the technique itself which is ancient and likely much, much older than 1290 AD, I think if you brew some beer and use the barm for the leaven and get some emmer in there, you will get closer to the bread that was over baked in Pompeii so long ago. Regarding the cord, I keep coming back to what I discovered making the loaf as the most sensible explanation. I used a sharp bread knife to do this; my lame was not up to the task. :), I'm thinking with so much whole grains it should have 10% more water to open the crumb some more though. I would question the cost and necessity of a bakery full of bannetons during this time much more than spools of twine. Spray it lightly with water then sprinkle on the seeds. The bread should sound hollow when tapped. ..not really what I'm here for on this forum. Had it been the latter I doubt they'd have been very satisfied with his anachronistic recipe. I used Kamut, rye, and spelt flour; all grains common in the Roman world. The Fresh Loaf is not responsible for community member content. Bread ->Ingredients 3 cups unbleached flour 1 1/4 cup lukewarm water 1 tablespoon (1 package) dried yeast ½ tablespoon salt ->Directions. We’re the olive oil people—a family of olive farmers and olive oil craftsmen who have been perfecting our passion since 1906. And it was cheap enough for this use back then. I think the previous link you posted Mini Oven had some very sound reasons why a string handle would make sense. Your bread looks so delicious and great write up. With such an intriguing history, it’s hardly surprising that one would find impeccably preserved loaves of ancient bread here too. A bit more about baking in Pompeii at the time of the eruption: More than thirty bakeries have been excavated in Pompeii and Herculaneum. I loved the write up and the photos. You may be right in your interpretation of what you saw but, if so, it brings into question the statement Locatelli makes on camera and the impression I formed after watching a [BBC?] Bake in a reheated 400 degree oven until golden brown (about 30 minutes). It just fascinates me how they've managed to produce all of those with just their knowledge and tools of antiquity. It is said the the land was in crop all year round being sown with Italian millet, emmer wheat, and spelt. Their (ultra) dry weight is 580g on average, all were divided into six or eight wedges, and each has a diameter of about 20-25cm. Perhaps with the Pompeii bread, the spoke like dividing lines were made using a wheel like stamp (much faster than one thin stick or blade) pressing once, or twice (turning slightly, maybe less sticking) and was the first stamp to press two bread discs together and thus mark breaking lines for portions. Many, many bakers must have noticed the benefit of giving hydrated flour a rest, so an autolyse was in. But the point is the bread! If you can, reserve 10% of the water for later double-hydration. Fascinating information, perhaps also reflecting how limited our knowledge is of actual recipes rather than ingredients. The bread was sometimes dipped in wine and eaten with olives, cheese, and grapes. When I replaced the Kamut flour with either buckwheat or wholemeal it was needed. I decided to go with the one I've actually seen. After all, this is a modern artisinal take on a very ancient loaf, which by rights should be unleavened. I will definitely be making this thanks so much for the time given in putting the post togethery, In terms of what kind of grain was probably used in Pompeii and what the baking process was like including the leavening I suggest browsing this thesis https://classics.dartmouth.edu/sites/classics.dartmouth.edu/files/Briar%20Teron%20Thesis%202008.pdf, I took some screenshots of relevant passages, "The dietary staple of the Roman world was grain or, more specifically, wheat and barley.". She holds a wax tablet, showing she was numerate too. ______________________________________________. Interesting point about the ingredients - by the way although the link looks like it's dead, it downloads an undergraduate poster in the form of a Powerpoint presentation - yet the vast majority of Roman grain - a million plus tons a year - was imported from Egypt, so, yes, it could be emmer, but it could also be any of the flours I used. fantastic post - its wonderful getting a salutary history lesson in breadmaking and I for one love that i am part of an ongoing process that goes back over 6,000 years. MIX. I’ve yet to decide how to make mine, but I will. THIRD S&F. BAKE: Slide the miche into your oven and immediately turn the heat down to. Having tried to make 'rustic' loaves from both I can attest to the fact that the dough slumps to a degree which would merely envelop the string, not retain it. It's not the spirit in which I've written anything and I wouldn't like anyone to perceive anything I've said in that way. KNEAD: Continue until you achieve a good window pane (with these flours it’s never going to be great). Tie the cord around the loaf, knotting it to make a carrying loop from its tails. Let's leave it there. Well done and happy baking. First, as you can see from the bread selfie below, it helps you carry a whopping 1.7kg miche. 1.6k. Before posting my original message, and again before posting the one in this thread, I spent a long time searching the Internet for any mention of a 'bound' loaf but the only mentions I could find referenced Locatelli's video, where he states that it was his idea. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. Create a large depression in the centre. Make sure you flour your hands again if they begin to stick to the boule. Make some cuts on top before cooking to help the bread rise in the oven and cook for 30–45 minutes at 200 degrees. When the loaf is ready, turn the oven up to 240/220(fan)℃ (465/430F). It is also wrapped in a cord . There were a variety of options of leavening agents:millet and wine, dried bran steeped in white wine, water and barley, and flour and bitter vetch. Mix the sourdough into the flour bit by bit, pouring it into the well you’ve just created. I suspect Prof. Calvert was not the first person to come up with the idea of autolysis. It worked well but left hairs embedded in the crust. It’s a big loaf, so you’ll need to use both hands and/or a bench scraper to do this. ...Maybe I should work on an ash coating. I’ll have a go at my next farmers' market. I do have a soft spot for all things ancient and historic especially food! I love it. Monaco, an experimental archaeologist, documents the recipes on her blog Tavola Mediterranea. Dough will be sticky. Make a hole in the center of the loaf with the handle of a wooden spoon. And it’s divided into eight wedges. Posted by 5 months ago. Mix and sieve the flours together with the gluten and add to the water, continuing to mix until homogenous. It's not for the faint-hearted. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl with spatula. I just fancied doing a sourdough version. When ready, and if you have a thermometer at hand, determine the Desired Dough Temperature (I aimed for 25℃ - 77F) and adjust your water temperature to achieve it. What is the diameter of the banneton you used for that beast? Jul 17, 2013 - Video of Giorgio Locatelli recreating a 2,000 year old recipe for bread based on a carbonised loaf found in the excavations at Pompeii You can also share How to make 2,000-year-old-bread Video videos that you like on your Facebook account, find more fantastic video from your friends and share your ideas with your friends about the videos that interest you. Again, there is no right or wrong, just a choice. Dust your peel with flour then turn the boule onto it. ..chef.' 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