BBA #5: Casatiello

by Holly on June 19, 2009

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice challenge continues this week with Casatiello – I don’t know exactly how to pronounce it, but I do know how to eat it – warm, quickly and often. It is tender, buttery and flavorful and was fun to make.

This bread was really pretty simple to make and even simpler to enjoy. I decided not to fiddle with the formula and ingredients too much at all. I decided to make mini versions as single rolls in paper cups – which made about 30 rolls.

For the special ingredients that I didn’t have on hand, which for me were the salami and cheese, I decided to head to our local Italian grocer and specialty shop @CaputosMarket mainly because when I think of really great ingredients and help, especially if the ingredients I am looking for are European in any way, they are my go-to place.

I was so glad that I went there because, as you may remember from my review of Spark, I have never really tried salami before. I really liked the Creminelli brand and was so excited to find out that they originally got there start there at Caputos in the basement. So, I scored 4oz of the Casalingo salami. Talk about being on a roll with some great customer service at stores lately though! I actually got to do a little taste test of three of the salamis before I decided on the one I got. Then, I needed cheese recommendations, and had already decided I wanted some kind of fontina or something. I tasted three or four cheeses before settling on an aged fontina. They both had really great flavor that worked really well together. Of course, without some help from the guy at Caputo’s, I wouldn’t have known that.

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Snooky doodle June 19, 2009 at 5:13 am

these look so goo. I m imagining myself devouring three or four 🙂

susies1955 June 19, 2009 at 8:20 am

Wow, looks great.
Glad to be baking with you. Nice photos,

Amanda June 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

Wow Holly those look amazing, I bet they taste just as good!

Jacque June 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Wow, would you look at that lovely texture? These sound fantastic! glad you got to have a little taste-testing adventure to boot.

lara June 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm

I love how they look in the paper cups, and the pleating pattern that bakes into the rolls. You're lucky to live near Caputos!

Kayte June 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm

What a clever way to form, bake, and serve these. I love what you do over here. The little breads look fantastic. Great choices in cheese and meat also.

Aimée June 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Wow, they are lovely! Remind me a bit of panettone. Gosh, I wish I had a few for my breakfast…

haleysuzanne June 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Oh, wow, those look so decadent! And, they have that light-as-air texture of brioche. My bread was much denser. I like that you went with single serving sizes for the rolls, because I find self-control difficult when it comes to Casatiello. Great work!

Mary June 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I love this bread and I think I've made it probably 4 or 5 times. It's pretty good if you heat it for like 15 seconds in the microwave too.

Mags June 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Holly, those little loaves are adorable. I love the paper cup idea.

Manggy June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I'm always looking for that sweet-salty mix that is also filling (gosh, us guys and our random cravings…). These look like they would fit the bill!! 🙂

saltandserenity June 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Love the little paper cups. How cute. And how guilty could you feel just eating one or two of those? Now you are a salami and fontina afficianado. Lucky you.

theeclecticconnoisseur June 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm

These rolls look amazing! Too bad I'm not in UT…I'd love to go shopping with you and maybe some of your taste-testing luck would rub off on me. 🙂

Nancy/n.o.e June 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Great idea to make individual rolls, Holly. I think I'm making this bread soon, and will make small versions somehow! Your salami + cheese combo sounds perfect; great market experience for you!

Melanie June 20, 2009 at 8:16 pm

This bread looks awesome, Holly. I love Caputos and went there often when I lived in the area.

By the way, I am moving to Wisconsin this week which means I'm no longer part of the Hive. So bummed! It keeps growing, though, and I hope all the food bloggers in UT stay connected. Thanks for all your work on it.

roundthetable June 20, 2009 at 11:57 pm

They are so cute! I think I'll retry the Casatiello with roasted green chilies and jack cheese – it might suit us better. Especially after seeing your first photo of the meltingly soft crumb – made my mouth water!

Connie Weiss June 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Those are so adorable! What size paper cups did you use?

Tony's is my favorite store in all of Utah!

Di June 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Yay for great customer service! I love the cups. I did some of my casatiello in small panettone wrappers (3 oz dough in each) from SLT. Very handy for giving away. =)

pinkstripes June 22, 2009 at 2:42 am

Your mini-casatiello looks wonderful! I love how the cheese pops out of it. I used one of my 6 ouncers for a bun for my veggie burger. It was great.

Memória June 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm

It's pronounced "kah-sah-ti-EL-lo". The "el" is stressed more than the other sounds. Also, the both "l's" are pronounced.

Your casatielli (plural form of "casatiello" in Italian) look wonderful!

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