Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Umbrian Torta al Testo/Umbrian Flatbread

Umbria is a region of central Italy, and its the only region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. Wiki says that Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, culinary delights, artistic legacy and influence on culture.Umbrian cuisine have its origins from its Etruscan roots and they are simple, relying very heavily on the seasonal ingredients that can be found easily in their own soil. Hence their cuisine is highly prepared with mushrooms, wild asparagus and many other fresh vegetables including the highly prized truffles that grow throughout the region.Bread varieties change from region to region across Italy, but also vary greatly across a specific region. Umbrian cuisine is about good flavor, freshness, and simplicity. It’s rich soil provides its residents an unlimited number of amazing seasonal ingredients which are simply prepared to highlight the true flavor of each dish.Umbria is birthplace to the ancient art of butchery, and home to the treasured black truffle. Hence Umbrian cuisine is unique to the region, and authentic to it’s origins.

Umbrian Torta al Testo Flatbread

Umbrian bread varieties are numerous, but many are saltless which originated from the 16th century when the Pope imposed a salt tax on the people who refused to pay it. The only one bread which is widely enjoyed across the entire region of Umbria is torta al testo.This is a flatbread cooked on a griddle pan that resembles a piadina and is often stuffed with cured meats, sausages, or sauteed greens. Another bread that was traditionally served at Easter is a cheese bread, often called Torcoletti, ii is made with Pecorino cheese and is baked in a ring shape.Coming to my Umbrian flatbread, i have been googling for a flatbread which starts with alphabetic letter 'U' hence i landed to this recipe. Do you know, this flatbread is also named as Crescio, and this bread is one of the traditional Umbrian peasant foods. Earlier torta is unleavened and cooked on stone, then this bread is placed on hot coals in fireplace. Umbrian farmers turned this bread as leavened to conserve them for a long as this bread calls for time consuming and more work as they want to conserve their energy for working in fields. Umbrian homes use a cast iron place to prepare this bread through stove top. Am running this month's blogging marathon with A-Z International flatbreads and here comes 21st flatbread for the theme.

Umbrian Torta al Testo, Umbrian Flatbread

Recipe Source: Here
2cups All purpose flour
1/2tsp Instant yeast
1 Egg
2tbsp Gtrated Parmesan
1tsp Salt
1tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Oive oil
Luke warm water

Take the flour, cheese, olive oil, sugar,salt, yeast and egg in a bowl. Add the luke warm water and knead everything well.

Turn the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, if the dough is sticky, add some flour and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Place the dough in a greased bowl,wrap it with a cling flim and leave in a warm place until the dough doubled in size for 2 hours.

Heat a cast iron skillet or a griddle to a medium heat. Do not grease it.

Umbrian Flatbread Torta al Testo

Transfer the dough to a floured surface, and stretch the dough with your hands until its turns as a thick disc.

Place the flattened dough on to the skillet and prick with a fork to prevent air bubbles.

If the dough is too soft, transfer it to the skillet first and then, with wet hands, stretch it  to cover the bottom of the skillet.

Cook slowly for about 30-40 minutes until the bread turns golden on both sides, dont forget to turn the bread atleast for 3 to 4 times.

Cut into wedges and keep it in a cotton tea towel until ready to serve.

Fill the wedges with your favourite meats or cheese and enjoy.

Torta al Testo,Umbrian Flatbread

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Sowmya :) said... Reply To This Comment

It is interesting to know about saltless bread...never thought that would happen. And this torta looks beautiful and I can only imagine how tasty it would have been with the parmesan. Fabulous pick!!

code2cook said... Reply To This Comment

this is great to know that this bread is baked on the skillet. perfectly baked with that spongy texture and fluffiness. This bread surely an awesome snack with tea having some dip or jam. Liked it.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Yes a couple of alphabets are quite tough to handle ,but you have a excellent bread and a very unique bread with this alphabet . The bread is totally new to me and it sounds delicious .

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful looking bread, Priya. You make everything so perfect and make it look so easy as well.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

That is an amazing find Priya. I am so loving your international flat breads. And learning a lot about customs and culture of various nations is a great experience. This bread cooked in a skillet looks so good. Perfect with some Nutella or jam or cheese.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

The version of Torta al Testo that I made was different. Its interesting to read about different versions. And its always nice to read about different cultures and cuisines.

preeti garg said... Reply To This Comment

Wow.. this bread looks so fantastic and perfectly baked.. love the color of crust.

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

What an amazing find Priya, a griddle bread with cheese in it. It looks so delicious and love the crust.

CookwithRenu said... Reply To This Comment

Had shortlisted this bread for t, but made another one. The bread looks yum, and perfectly baked.

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting post and another lovely bread Priya. I would love to dunk this bread into a bowl of creamy soup and have it for dinner!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Priya, I just love the texture of this bread. This is just the perfect kind to dip inside a soup and soak up all the goodness.