Semolina Bread

This week’ recipe of our Tuesdays with Dorie baking group is screaming Sicilia! Semolina bread is a typical Sicilian bread with distinctive crust, chewy texture and intense flavor. Are there enough adjectives in the previous sentence? It is made from a combination of semolina and unbleached all-purpose flour.

Semolina brings my inner child’s worst nightmares to life… It was considered to be a super food by my grandparents. It was my grandfather’s favorite desert! Grandma would boil the milk and sugar and then add the semolina and cook it until it thickens. I hated it deeply and sincerely!

I started looking at semolina with different eyes when in the final days of my grandmother’s life, my grandfather with his trembling hands (from Parkinson’s) would make semolina with milk and sugar for her. He would sit by her side and feed her tenderly. She would eat a spoon or two despite her lack of appetite. After a while he would get the semolina desert again and start all over… This is what love is… Couple of years later when he was so fragile and bedridden, my mother would make his favorite semolina…

At first, I was quite hesitant to bake the bread. The dough for this bread was extremely sticky. I was also not sure if I would like to turn on the oven with local heat wave temperatures of 35C! I don’t regret one bit creating the sauna effect at home!

I shaped the bread as a batard and baked it late at night with all the windows wide open. I wrapped the baked bread in a cotton towel and next day we enjoyed it with fresh tomatoes.

Le cose semplici della vita!

Note: If you are going to serve the bread with salty foods, I would recommend reducing the salt to 1 tsp.

If you would like to start your love affair with semolina, please visit Renee of The Way to my Family’s Heart and Anna of Keep it Luce.


18 thoughts on “Semolina Bread

  1. Cher says:

    Beautiful bread – beautiful post.
    I love the crumb you were able to achieve on this.

  2. beautifully done, we did blt’s with our bread since it is tomato season.

  3. Such beautiful story about your grandparents. The bread turned great, nice crumb! My mother used to make me cornstarch with milk and sugar…no flavorings!

  4. smarkies says:

    Your bread rose absolutely beautifully! Well done!

  5. Lovely bread. Thank you for sharing your story. I had never made anything with semolina before and I really enjoyed it.

  6. cindy says:

    Your story made me think of my own sweet grandmother who lived to be 94. For lunch she just wanted a slice of Mom’s homemade bread and a hunk of sharp cheese. Great memories. This was a fun bread.
    Have a great day.

  7. Cynthia L. says:

    What a lovely story. It is so nice to hear that there is still love like that in the world. Your bread looks beautiful.

  8. What lovely memories of your grandparents. Your bread looks wonderful. I bet your grandparents would have loved it.

  9. Oh my what a nice story! Your bread looks great…and I LOVE your picture with the heart! 🙂

  10. So impressed with how nice and round your loaf ended up looks delicious and beautiful pictures!

  11. I would like to try the semolina pudding. Your bread, and the tomato, looks delicious.

  12. Awww for the story; wow for the pics – great job!

  13. Ferda says:

    I was the opposite of you starting this recipe.. Love the semolina dessert that we have in Turkish cuisine, and liked this bread as well..

    Beautiful pictures and touching story, thanks for sharing..

  14. Marilyn says:

    Love the open crumb of your loaf. Thank you for sharing your family’s story.

  15. Cathleen says:

    What a touching story – thank you for sharing. Your bread looks wonderful and I love the little heart you drew in the flour.

  16. Your bread came out great! I still have to make mine, I’ve been slacking :/ Haha. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the versatile blogger award, check out my blog to see the terms for accepting the award 🙂

  17. The story of your grandparents brought tears to my eyes…how very sweet. My grandmother used to make me cornstarch pudding for us…it was not one of my favorites!! Your bread looks absolutely perfect!

  18. teaandscones says:

    Don’t we all wish we could have that kind of relationship?

    Lovely bread. So chey and dlicious. Yours looks just perfect!!

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