Friday, 12 October 2012

leek and pancetta tray bread

Leek and pancetta tray bread, great for picnics, lunches etc and good served either hot or cold with salad.

I'm going to Mittagong tomorrow and made this to take for lunch.  The recipe is easy, it just takes some  time for the dough to rise.

It's been a while since I made it and I'd forgotten how nice  it is, so I've given you the recipe too.  Don't be put off by using yeast, it's really easy.  I've also given some alternatives at the end of the recipe.  These alternatives were usually a case of not having the original ingredient to start with.

You can use a bread machine for the dough and you could substitute a pizza dough recipe, although I like this one.  You could mix it all up in a mixer, I use the Kitchenaid, or you can mix yeast and liquid in traditional manner and make as recipe suggests.  They all work.

Leek and pancetta tray bread.


  • 90 ml water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 25 gm soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast.
I put all this in the Kitchenaid and mix well  for 5-10 minutes adjusting water.  This is an English recipe and our flours are drier than English flour.

When mixed, cover bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise about 40 minutes.


  1. 1 large or 2-3 smaller leeks finely chopped
  2. 30 ml olive oil.  This tastes better than sunflower or similar
  3. 75 gm pancetta, finely chopped *
  4. 140 ml sour cream **
  5. 70 ml milk
  6. 2 eggs
  7. torn basil leaves
  8. ground pepper

Heat oil and cook leeks and pancetta gently till leek is soft.  Set mix aside to cool

When dough is risen, roll out on floured surface and place on tray lined with baking paper.  I roll mine thinly and it covers large tray.

Place cooled leek mixture on top spreading over dough.

In a bowl combine eggs, milk and sour cream.  Beat with fork till combined. Pour gently over the leek mixture tilting tray to cover.  This makes a thin custard mix, not something like a frittata..

Bale in preheated oven 190 c degrees.  I used 160 as my oven is fan forced and runs hot.  About 30-35 minutes.

*  I have used ham, bacon, pancetta or coppa.  Personally I think all are good but I prefer pancetta.

**I use sour cream, buttermilk, yoghurt or even milk at a pinch.  All work. This travels well sliced and packed in a flat container and is good the next day too.

The deep orange bits are tiny bits of pumpkin I cooked with the leeks.  I wanted to use it up.   There is also a very light dusting of freshly grated reggiano cheese on the top.  Very thin.

What weird weather.  34 ° C last Friday and no more than 9° C here today.  Heavy snow, blocked roads etc and this is well into October.

I went shopping yesterday for the pancetta.  As I walked I realised I wasn't limping for the first time since the beginning of August.  A few twinges here and there, but no limping.  I am very thankful.

No knitting news here yet but I'm trying.  After the shocking pink detailed below, I was determined to use stash in a colour I really like.  I dug out some deep purple, a gorgeous colour, deep royal purple.  Imperial purple perhaps.  I opened the skein and before I could even stretch it out to wind, half of it collapsed in  what I have seen called yarn barf.  The second half looks fine but the beginning is one large tangle.  I've been working on it on and off for two days now. I still love the colour, but it's so rich that when peering deep into the tangle to see the next path for the yarn my eyes tire very quickly. Twenty minutes at a time is about my limit.


2paw said...

You have reminded me that I was going to tackle bread this year. Maybe there is still time because that looks so delicious. How annoying to have horrid tangles. I wish you untangling luck.

Lynne said...

Your bread sounds delicious but I have never had success with yeast. I might be tempted to try again given that you keep tempting us with delicious recipes!

I hope tomorrow is more pleasant for travelling! This evening didn't seem like the right ending to such a miserable day somehow - cool but not unpleasant!

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