Ingredients for 5 people: 5 slices homemade Tuscan bread2 cloves of garlic extra virgin olive oil salt
In the evening, before going to bed, make a little soft dough in a bowl, with 50 g of flour and the yeast which has been crumbled into an inch of very warm water (at least 37°C). Cover and leave it to rise in a warm place. The next morning, pile the remaining flour on the table, create a ‘well’ in it and place the risen dough in the centre. Gradually add approximately 300 ml of water, at 37 °C, mixing until you obtain a soft, light dough, and kneading well with your hands (flattening and then folding the dough over several times, energetically). Shape the dough into a ball and put it in a lightly floured bowl. Cut a cross into the top of the ball with a sharp knife, cover it and leave it to rise, in a warm place, for approximately an hour. When the dough has doubled in size, knead it again briefly and shape it into the desired form. Heat the oven to 200 °C, put your bread into the oven and bake it for 20 minutes. Then lower the temperature and bake it for another 15-20 minutes. The bread should be a nice golden colour when it has finished baking.
Toast 5 slices of bread (the ideal thing would be to grill them), rub them with the peeled garlic, drizzle plenty of oil over them and season with salt. If you don’t like garlic, you can make them with just oil and salt.
This simple bruschetta can be enriched with other ingredients:
- thin slices of pecorino cheese
- tinned tuna and chopped onion
- grilled vegetables, such as aubergines, peppers, etc… and so on and so forth, according to taste.