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CanuckJim 04-27-2007 08:28 AM

Italian Foods Forever

In my search for Pane Toscana recipes, I went here: Italian Food Forever - Italian Recipes! Didn't help, and I can't recall if I've mentioned this site before or not, but it's really worthwhile. Lots and lots of stuff and many, many recipes.


klaatu 04-27-2007 08:44 AM

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Very nice. Thanks. I'm always up for another site full of good
looking recipes.

CanuckJim 04-28-2007 10:23 AM

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Yep, I've known about The Artisan web site for some time. It's worthwhile, surely, but a bit on the preachy and condescending side. Bread isn't voodoo, it's chemistry and practice. I wouldn't have thought to go there for Pane Toscano, but I will now. Thanks for the tip.


Versachi 04-28-2007 12:22 PM

Pane Toscano?
I might have found what you guys are looking for. I see James spelling is Toscana and the site I found spells it Toscano.

Mestolando - Recipes - Making 'Pane Toscano' bread at home

This website has the recipe and a video making Pane Toscano from start to finish by a bread baker in Florence with 14 years experience. Its about a 5 minute video.

Cheers, Versachi

james 05-01-2007 10:01 AM

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Thanks for the lead on the video. That was good.

Still -- I would only recommend Pane Toscana for bruschette. For dinner, it's a pretty tasteless loaf, and the lack of salt keeps the crumb from developing properly, to where it's dense, and almost dry and crumbly. If there are any Florentines (Fiorentini) out there, please forgive me.

The vowel at the end of an adjective typically corresponds with the noun (male or female), giving you Forno Bravo or Pizzeria Brava. I'll check a few bakeries and the supermarket, and look that one up. It's il Pane (irregular male). Pizzeria Biano is "Bianco" because of the family name, whereas a white pizza could be pizza bianca.


james 05-06-2007 03:22 AM

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Ah hah. It is Pane Toscano. I looked at it in the supermarket yesterday -- it makes sense; I've been spelling it wrong all along. Ooops. At our local Coop, a very nice modern supermarket that I think is good, a majority of the bread is Pane Toscano in one form or another (filleto di Toscano, Pane della Nonna, cotta a legna, etc.), along with a Pugliese made from grano duro, and a very light Ciabatta. There are handful of wood oven breads, and the on-site bakery makes a nice schiacciata and schiacciata farcite that is sliced in half and stuffed with prosciutto, cheese, etc.

Nice to get the bottom of something.

Hendo 05-06-2007 05:21 AM

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Not being a multi-lingual person in any sense of the word, and having only schoolboy French to fall back on (now largely forgotten), is it simply that the spelling of Toscana (the noun - Tuscany in English) stays as Toscana for feminine nouns and becomes Toscano for masculine nouns when used as an adjective, as in this instance of il pane (masculine noun)? So Tuscan bread = pane Toscano.

I must book into Italian classes!

Cheers, Paul.

james 05-06-2007 10:17 AM

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Esattamente. Lei e giusto. I'm thinking of signing up for French lessons. It make trips a lot more fun when you can talk with folks.

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