My Aunt's Authentic Sicilian Sausage Bread Recipe
Authentic Italian Recipes
Forty years ago my aunt met and married a man. His parents had immigrated from Sicily before he was born and he had been raised on rich, delicious, authentic Italian food. His mother and aunt worried that this non-Italian woman wouldn't be able to feed him properly, so they set themselves to writing down all their favorite recipes. These were recipes that had never been set down in writing, things they'd learned from their mother, who watched over them and guided them as they made their first girlish attempts as cooking. They then brought her to their homes to teach her the techniques for making each of these dishes, and being eager to impress her new in-laws, she was a careful student.
Italian Sausage Bread
Of all her recipes, my favorite was the sausage bread, which she occasionally brought to New Year's Eve parties at my Grandma and Grandpa's apartment. When I married and began throwing parties of my own, I asked her for the recipe. It was a hit each and every time. And now I'm giving it to you.
Sausage Bread Ingredients
These ingredients are enough for 2 or 3 loaves
6 cups flour
1 pkg yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
3 TBS oil
1 stick pepperoni
10-12 Sweet Italian Sausage links, removed from casing
Sicilian Sausage Bread Instructions - First
Measure flour into a large bowl. Mix yeast into the water and add to flour. Add salt and oil. Mix all ingredients to make a dough (like pizza dough). Knead the dough until smooth. Cover with a cloth and let rise (about 1 - 1 1/2 hours).
Sausage Bread Instructions - Filling
While the dough is rising, cut onions and saute in a large skillet. Cut the pepperoni into thin slices and add to onions with the sausage. Heat about 10 minutes on medium heat, and put aside.
Sausage and Pepperoni Bread - Assembly and Baking
When the dough has risen, take in amounts about the size of a baseball and on a floured surface roll it out to an 8-9 inch square with a rolling pin. Put the filling in the center and roll diagonally from one corner to the other - please see the diagram below. Pinch the ends to seal, and place seam side down in a lightly oiled baking pan and cook in a 350 degree oven about 1 hr or until golden. Brush with oil occasionally.
Italian Sausage Bread Diagram
If you want, you can use a ball of frozen pizza dough from the freezer section in your local grocery store instead of making the bread dough yourself. Not as tasty, but it saves a little time and effort.