Think of that super white ready sliced chewy bread you get in supermarkets these days.
I do wonder sometimes: “Can you really call it bread”? What’s bread then?
Let me show you. This is how bread is being made and looks like in rural Calabria.
These lovely people are my friend’s family who live near Tropea. Mamma Maria makes huge batches of bread for the whole family, just like you would imagine a proper loving Italian mamma does.
And guess what: all bread is handmade with love and care and baked in a stone oven outside in the courtyard. Can you imagine the delicious smell of freshly baked bread?
After the bread has risen, Maria promptly puts it in her stone oven which I am sure has baked many more loaves before!
And here it is.. fabulous Calabrian bread!! Italian mammas make the best cooks!!
And of course, whilst Maria bakes bread she cleverly makes pizza too so dinner is sorted 🙂
This huge long pizza is called “pizza al metro” and it is very popular in the south of Italy.
So, would you like to make bread and pizza like these? 🙂
My dream is to have a stone oven like this, then all I would do is bake all day long :-))