Carta da Musica

  • Yield: 12 pieces

Carta da Musica is the perfect vehicle for anything from a quick dip in seasoned olive oil to a spoonful of caponata. Carta puffs up and crisps beautifully on a super-hot pizza stone. But don't let the lack of a stone stop you; it bakes nearly as nicely on a baking sheet. This recipe comes from the pages of The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion.

Ingredients

2cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1cup semolina
1 1/4teaspoons salt
1cup lukewarm water

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450F, with a pizza stone in the middle or lower part (not top) of the oven. If you’re not using a stone, preheat a baking sheet in the oven for about 10 minutes before placing breads on it to bake.
  2. Mix the flour, semolina, salt, and water, stirring to make a soft dough.
  3. Knead till dough is smooth and resilient, about 7 minutes in a stand mixer set at medium speed.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces, rounding each piece into a ball. Cover the balls and let them relax for about 15 minutes; this will make them easier to roll out.
  5. Roll each ball of dough into an 8- to 9-inch round on a lightly greased (NOT floured) work surface. The rounds will shrink to about 7 inches.
  6. Transfer the rounds, 2 or 3 at a time, to your baking sheet or the hot pizza stone. Bake until the top of the bread is firm and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Turn them over, and bake until the other side is lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack. Serve with spreads or dips. Or brush with seasoned olive oil, and sprinkle with a touch of salt.
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