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         CUCUZZARA (SQUASH BREAD WITH TOMATOES, ONIONS, & PEPPERS)
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Italian                          Breads
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      3/4   c            Olive oil
    1       md           Onion, cut in slices as thin
                         -- as possible
      2/3   lb           Butternut squash, peeled &
                         -- diced
    1       ea           Red bell pepper, roasted &
                         -- cut into strips
    4       oz           Tomatoes, peeled, seeded &
                         -- diced
    1 1/2   ts           Dried yeast
    1 1/2   c            Warm water
      3/4   c            Durum flour biga
    7       c            Durum flour
    1       tb           Salt
                         Red pepper flakes, optional
 
   About 1 hour before you are ready to make the bread, warm 1/4 c olive
   oil in a skillet & saute the onions over medium-low heat until they
   are soft but still slightly crunchy.  Add the squash & pepper.  Cover
   & cook for 20 minutes.  Add the tomatoes & cook another 3 to 5
   minutes.  Cool.
   Stir the yeast into the water & let proof for 10 minutes.  Add the
   biga & mix well.  Add the rest of the olive oil.  Stir in the cooked
   vegetables. Add the flour & salt slowly, mixing until the dough comes
   together.  Knead with wet hands until the dough is form, velvet &
   elastic.  Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover & let rise until
   doubled, about 3 hours.
   Divide the dough into 4 pieces & shape into long cylinders.  Place on
   floured baking sheets, cover & let rise until well doubled, about an
   hour.
   Preheat the oven to 400F.  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden.
  
 
 
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