The Reassuring Ritual of Making Bread in Umbria
Making bread in Umbria is a ritual – a comforting, reassuring ritual of continuation. It was the insurance policy in the years of poverty, famine, drought and during the World Wars against hunger. Most traditional families in Umbria still enjoy making and baking their own bread. In our case, we have a hand-built wood-burning oven in the garden which makes the chore all the more appealing.
ready to knead the risen dough,”la massa”, after four hours
We don’t make normal everyday bread, the typical Umbrian bread that accompanies meals – it is readily available. Instead, we make a very special bread for our breakfasts:
Walnut – Pecorino – Auricchio Wood-Fired Oven Baked Bread
adding our very own Genius Loci walnuts, local pecorino and auricchio cheese, salt and 30-month-aged parmesan to a mixture of half regular flour and half whole wheat flour to knead at length on the “bread board” Maurizio’s grandfather made
Using three kilograms of flour we are able to make seven loaves that last us for about six weeks.
loaves ready to rest and rise for another hour
firing the oven in the garden
the crusty loaves
the irresistible loaves just out of the oven
…not always possible to wait for breakfast
mouth-watering, delicious bread
such a reassuring ritual!