Casatiello Recipe | Tortano Recipe | Neapolitan Easter Bread | Savory Easter Bread
Casatiello Recipe | Tortano Recipe | Neapolitan Easter Bread | Savory Easter Bread recipe with step-by-step pictures and instructions. Casatiello or Tortano is traditional Neapolitan stuffed Easter bread baked in a ring shape with eggs on the top. Naples/Neapolitan is a city in Southern Italy. The ring shape denotes the crown and eggs on the top denotes the rebirth of Christ.
Traditionally they bake the bread for easter and take the leftover for a picnic on Pasquetta, Easter Monday. This is my version of Italian savory bread made with whole wheat flour and stuffed with eggs, cheese, and chicken. Usually, they use lard which is a semi-solid fat product obtained from a pig. I substituted it with butter.
I baked this in my air fryer for the first time and it came out good. The top was browning fast, so next time will cover it with foil after 15 minutes of baking. You can use any stuffing of your choice. I used my bundt pan to make the ring shape. You can simply shape it as a ring and bake it too.
SHHH COOKING SECRETLY CHALLENGE
The challenge for this month in Shhh Secretly cooking challenge FB group is Easter Bread suggested by Renu. Renu is an amazing baker and I always love her healthy bakes and bookmarked her Easter bunny buns and Paska Easter bread to try for Easter. I should thank Renu who made me bake bread after a long time. Basically with too many things going around, I find it lazy and time-consuming to bake bread. Should start baking regularly soon.
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How to make Casatiello with step by step pictures
Take milk in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 15 seconds. Milk should be warm and not too hot. Add honey and yeast to warm water. Mix it nicely and keep it aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes yeast mixture should be frothy.
Take wheat flour and salt in a bowl.
Add the frothy yeast mixture to it and knead.
Then add butter to the dough.
Knead nicely for 10-12 minutes till the dough is soft and pliable
Cover and allow it to rise till it doubles in size. It will take between 1-2 hours depending on the climate
Once it doubles punch the dough and knead for 1 minute.
Then roll them as a rectangular sheet. Reverse little dough to make a cross.
Place the hard-boiled eggs, chicken on it.
Then sprinkle cheese, salt, and pepper powder.
Roll them and bring the edges together to form a ring shape and place them in a bundt pan.
Place the eggs on the top and make a cross with the dough. Allow it to proof for 20 minutes and brush it with milk.
Preheat the air fryer to 170°C for 3 minutes and place the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes till done.
Savory Easter bread is ready. Cool it slightly, slice them, and enjoy warm.
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