- Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Prepare an oven grill rack, covering it with parchment paper (that will allow a more even distribution of heat).
- Mix San Pellegrino sparkling water, salt and kefir yogurt together in a bowl of a standing mixer, first with a whisk. Then attach the bowl to the standing mixer.
2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour into a bowl and add the yeast, mixing the two until well combined.
- Add the flour/yeast and olive oil to the water mixture. Using the dough hook knead on medium speed for 8 minutes. The dough should detach from the sides of the bowl by the time 8 minutes has passed.
- Grease the same mixing bowl with a bit of oil and place the dough back inside, allowing to rest and rise for 1.5 hrs.
- Then fold 4-5 times (lifting left side up and folding over the middle, and lifting the right side up and folding over the middle. Do the same with the top and bottom halves of the dough) and allow to rest for another 45 mins.
- Fold again in the same manner and rest for a final 45 mins. (Room temperature should be at least 20 degrees Celsius).
- Place dough on the parchment paper covered grill rack and shape the dough into a slightly oval shape, and make a 0.5 cm slit in the dough (length wise).
- Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven when done and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
This particular bread uses San Pellegrino sparkling water both to help add some lift, as well as to create a more tender texture. As the mineral water already contains traces of sodium, less salt is required. Normally, I would put more than 10 gr. of salt, but in this case, I reduced the amount to 8 gr. In Italy, some people even leave out the yeast entirely, using the sparkling water as the key raising agent.
The kefir yogurt adds a slight tanginess, offering a flavor similar to sourdough bread. However, as sourdough often requires a much longer waiting period, the addition of the yogurt simply adds the flavor, and the use of dry yeast instead speeds up the overall process.
This bread can be considered to be a mix between a baguette and sourdough bread.