I’m really happy the kids enjoyed making this recipe. Thank you! **This article has been recently updated here: Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back. The ovens were fired around the clock and enough grain had to be imported from within the region or from provincially confiscated territories to supply the Roman people with their daily bread. (3)do I have to preheat the stone, Yes and yes. Friends, Romans, Baking Enthusiasts: Lend me your ears! For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Permission to Use Intellectual Property” at the email address below: info@tavolamediterranea.com, Baking Bread with the Romans: Part I – Pliny the Elder’s Leaven, Baking Bread with the Romans: Part III – The Panis Strikes Back, Baking Bread with the Romans: Part I - Pliny the Elder's Leaven, Tracta et Fabam Vitellianam (Vitellian Beans with Farro Rusks), Coarse ground flour or wheat bran for dusting. It owes its name to the slashes on the top of the loaf that divides it into quarters. Many translated example sentences containing "quadratus lumborum" ... pompeii-restaurant.com. The Byzantine Prosphora is similar. I’ll spesk to that theory as well. Perhaps they were hung to cool? I have only made bread with shop bought yeast before and would usually carefully make a shallow cut in the top of a loaf after the final proving to help it expand in the oven. I think that this is the simplest explanation. Professional bakers in Rome, and in Pompeii, did not exist until the 2nd century BC and it is theorised that this advancement in specialised crafts has everything to do with the conquering of Macedonia for the Republic by Aemilius Paulus. The most interesting thing about this bread is that carbonised loaves were unearthed from the ruins at Pompeii. The panis quadratus is named for the four lines of indentation of four lines which dissect the loaf making eight separate sections. But then why only section the top slab? Smash them in a bowl. Food-related archaeological data conveys a great deal of information about people and their daily lives; it can also tell us a lot about other objects or contexts in an archaeological setting. Pompeii is perhaps our best-known example, where the entire villages of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other settlements in the Bay of Naples were frozen in time in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius violently and suddenly erupted. All over the world, there has been huge interest in the carbonized loaves excavated from Pompeii. For this recipe, we’ll use a knife. Mix the flour and salt together in a separate bowl and then combine with the liquids. Try to gather the seams underneath the loaf so that the top of the loaf is smooth. Of course, we’ll never be 100% sure of how this loaf was made or why it’s shaped the way that it is (what the heck made that centre groove anyways?? Take one side, or one corner, and pull it over towards the opposite side as in the image to the left. pompeii-restaurant.com. There has been some conversation about this today on Facebook. Using a cookie cutter, a pasta stamp, or any clean circular, square or rectangular cooking implement that you have, gently press a depression into one of the sections with it. I would use whatever you have available to you as most folks won’t have a brick oven to bake it in. Step 1. The Pharmakoi a, COVID lockdowns making you blue? Hey! It’s steals the spotlight on the table and goes well with every meal be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Panis quadratus, carbonised at Pompeii. Don’t cut or break the loaf until it has cooled to room temperature. Don’t tie the twine too tightly around the dough, give it a bit of room but not enough for it to fall to the base of the loaf; the dough is going to rise around the twine creating a defined lateral groove along the side of the loaf. Some archaeologists now believe that the eruption occurred later than the currently accepted date. “Smart working:” Italy can’t get her head around it, Anglo-Italian Covid-19 vaccine trials halted, Italy approves exemption to allow international couples to travel and meet, Italians in America: from Discrimination to Adoration (or almost). Thanks for reading and offering your interpretations! The finished loaf has a symbolic cross and can easily be broken by the celebrant with the words “This is my body broken for you.”, Hi Jeff! Taste the history of ancient Rome with this recipe for ancient Pompeiian bread. That would explain the divisions, and the groove from the twine. Food can provide insight if radiocarbon dating is used, for example, to date organic food residue, or we can use food remnants themselves as a relative dating tool to contextualise other objects found in the same environment. But before we roll up our sleeves and tie the donkey to the quern-stone, let’s have a bit of history first, shall we? I’ll be posting a follow-up in the weeks to come. It’s often possible to find starter for sale at your local bakery or grocery store. Again, this seems to me to be more logical than slashing the top as it allows the finished loaf to be broken into more or less 16 equal pieces (eight wedges then separated top from bottom) of four ounces each. There’s more where that came from. Tying the string around the loaf may well have been useful for cooling and storing the loaves as well as transporting them neatly and in an orderly and compact fashion to the customers who ordered them. larsiusprime at Hacked News suggests that the top and bottom were two separate balls of dough stacked on top of each other, explaining the groove. Thanks Nick! Could the string have been used as a way to ensure size consistency? The ashes of Mount Vesuvius preserved this loaf of panis quadratus for millennia, allowing contemporary scholars to study and learn from this bread. I think a lot about production volume as well when I consider that twine may have been used to transport and store the loaves. I tried baking the bread but it came out rock solid – is this normal or did I do something wrong? Cene bene! Bake at 350-400F for 45-60 minutes, until the dough reaches an internal temp of 190-200F. We’re going to follow a popular theory and use baking twine to create the linear grove along the side of the loaf. I’ll be posting a follow-up post shortly to explore those further. Now, we can debate whether these sections were made by a knife, by a cutter, by a blunt instrument, or by twine but it is difficult to determine this from the carbonised loaves that have been excavated. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together by hand or in a mixer. Place the shaped loaf into the baking dish. Vesuvius erupted, leaving his bread to burn. Hi Jeff! It is believed that there were 30 bakeries in Pompeii alone and each of them must have produced an enormous quantity of bread, if you think that in 1862 archaeologists discovered in one of them — known as the bakery of Modestus — 81 large loaves, ready to be sold on that fatal day in 79 AD. That’s a fantastic hypothesis about slicing guidelines too once the section has been broken out! Fear not, because, I’m getting ready to meet this wonderful group o, Copyright © 2020 Tavola Enterprises - No part of this web site including text, photographs, recipes and graphics may be reproduced, distributed, copied, plagiarised, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, printing, verbal conveyance, video conveyance, pdf conversion, photographing, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations, credited/cited appropriately, and embodied in academic papers, critical reviews, and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. Hi Don! The loaf partially collapses but regains most of its volume from oven spring at the beginning of the bake. Someone else also suggested ‘pull-bread’. Just prior to baking, dust the top with flour and use a strand of twine to make four deep indentations. #bread #baking #recipes https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15726244. Pompeii alone hosted a population of approximately 12,000 people on a grid covering almost 66 hectares of land; it is now widely accepted to be the most important archaeological site in the world. Because bread was the backbone of Pompeii’s daily diet; the bread bakers were powerful people in Roman society; and the bakeries themselves are incredibly telling and sensory environments. – Farrell. For each of the four stretch-and-folds you can treat the dough like a ‘square’. Give it another go or try the newest version! Added: 6 months ago. There’s been a lot of discussion around this in various forums this past week. (The loaf expanding in the pot). Or, to make a sponge, take 1/2 cup of starter out of the main container and add 1 cup of flour and half a cup of water. 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Farrell was awarded the The John Wacher Dissertation Prize In Roman Studies (2019) by the University of Leicester for her research into the bread and bakeries of Pompeii. Did you try this recipe at home? It’s called ‘Panis Quadratus‘, my friends, and historically it is one of the most beautiful representations of food ever found in the archaeological record. What fascinates me the most about Pompeii and the daily lives of its residents was its love of bread. Perhaps the loaf was two slabs baked on top of each other? If you do then you’ve come to the right place. You can do this by feeding the main starter or by creating a sponge (an off-shoot of the main starter) in a separate bowl. Hi! Mix and autolyse: Combine the water and leaven (starter) together in a large bowl and mix it gently with a spoon or whisk. This recipe was such fun to make. We’ll also familiarise ourselves with the baking labour process by getting our hands dirty, using some good old-fashioned elbow-grease, and making this loaf from scratch from start to finish as we add our own creative touches. Leave the parchment in place and give the top of the dough a misting of water. For example, closer examinations of food remnants related to the Vesuvian eruption recently resulted in a challenge of the eruption date of August 24, 79 AD. Over the last couple of hundred years, since the ash-shrouded cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered, dozens … CAROLE RADDATO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/CC-BY 2.0 Donkeys walked in circles tirelessly, for hours on end, rotating the quern-stones (grain-mills) that ground the wheat; slaves did the same when animal-labour was not possible. The Pompeiian bread or ‘Panis Quadratus’, a new offering from the multi-format retailer, was a staple in Pompeii city, destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. A baker had kneaded and shaped the squat, round loaf, known as a panis quadratus, and slid it into an oven one day in A.D. 79, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.We all know what happened next. There’s more Roman bread posts coming soon. Note: If you’re like me and you don’t have a donkey on hand to mill your flour, pre-ground flour will suffice! Remove the pot casserole from the oven and remove the lid. The ashes of Mount Vesuvius preserved this loaf of panis quadratus for millennia, allowing contemporary scholars to study and learn from this bread. The finished loaf looks just like the ones in the mosaics and, taking into account the carbonization, the one from Pompeii. A common saying of the day was to say that a baker ‘gave good bread’, ‘bonum panem fert’, which meant that he could be a trusted community member or a potential civic official. Cover the loaf with a clean tea-towel or put it inside of an air-tight proofing environment. – Farrell, Your email address will not be published. There is no end of research, discovery, theory and interpretation that can come from studying Pompeii, or Herculaneum, for that matter. Perhaps the perimeter twine may have been used to hang or carry the loaves?…. – Farrell. – Farrell. In fact, if you gave me a huge research grant and a lifetime supply of water and sun-screen, you’ll likely find me camped out, alongside Enzo the stray dog, in one of Pompeii’s thirty-five bakeries. How to Make 2000-Year-Old Roman Bread from Pompeii | Panis Quadratus. I finally got around to baking a loaf. You’ve baked like a Roman! But I don’t know if the lateral groove connotes a size specification. It’s been very intriguing to hear everyone’s ideas on how these loaves were shaped! Something wrong! This recipe is well known because of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii on August 4, 79 AD. Get the sharpest knife in your kitchen (or a bread lame) and score the bread making four linear slashes, creating eight even sections on the loaf. Step 4. You see, bread was a critical commodity at Pompeii. Once you’ve secured the twine and tied the bow, cover the loaf with a tea towel, and place it in a warm place in your kitchen to rise. Is it possible that instead of a single loaf, the dough was divided into smaller portions and then all tied together with twine to create a whole loaf out of parts? Why? (I’m a semi-retired bread baker by trade.). When Rome was sacked, people moved to Byzantium (imagine if California was bombed and people moved to New York). It is also assumed that Pliny the Elder’s reference to Greek knowledge of leaven indicates that yeast likely became a component of Roman bread-making during this time as Greek bakers were employed in Roman settings: “The Greeks have established a rule that for a modius of meal eight ounces of leaven is enough.” (Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis – Book XVIII-26(11)). We find it a rule, universally established by Nature, that in every kind of commissariat bread that is made, the bread exceeds the weight of the grain by one-third; and in the same way it is generally considered that that is the best kind of wheat, which, in kneading, will absorb one congius of water. This will help the loaf bloom and oven spring. Now, if we refer to this information above and couple it with the visual information that has been gleaned from frescoes and carbonised bread that was excavated from Pompeii, and other sites that were decimated by the eruption of 79 AD, we have a fairly accurate idea of what should go into a recipe for Panis Quadratus. This also suggests that the advent of leavened bread-making by the Romans in the 2nd century, despite the feelings of disgust or impurity that ‘putrefied and rotten dough’ invoked in many, brought bread to a whole new level of social and dietary significance. Step 7. Once the loaf is fully baked, remove it and let it stand and cool for an hour or so. Thanks to archaeology — and Pompeii — we can still make it today. Did you overproof it? The twine can easily be undone and removed by untying the bow. Replace the lid. You can also join the conversation and share photos on the Tavola Mediterranea Facebook page or Instagram page. Here is what you’re going to need: Baking Bread with the Romans: Part II – Panis Quadratus. I’ll be posting a follow-up post to explore all of these theories. Now to tasting the bread: Get in there like a legionnaire and break the loaf with your bare hands and try pairing it with some other Roman flavours. Photo from WIKIMEDIA COMMONSPUBLIC DOMAIN Panis Siligineus or Panis Quadratus Fresco (National Archaeology Museum Naples). I have been debating this with Dr. Ken Albala (University of the Pacific/Food History) as well. The kids loved getting thier fingers in helping make the bread. The fresco depicts different kinds of Roman breads, and is on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. / Photo by Farrell Monaco Leslie Warden of Roanoke College in Virginia has commandeered her daughter’s kiddie pool to make malted grain for Egyptian beer. The grain of Sardinia weighs half a pound more, and that of Alexandria one-third of a pound more than that of Sardinia; the Sicilian wheat is the same in weight as the Alexandrian. Panis quadratus is known as one of the most common types of bread in Ancient Rome. Having baked my own bread for four decades a couple things seem obvious to me. There is also no end to the avenues of study that you can choose from once you dig a bit deeper into the material culture that the ancient ruins have to offer: architecture, art, civic infrastructure, engineering, construction, epigraphy, ceramics, metallurgy, trade, sociology, theology, politics, and foodways. There were loaves of elongated shape and round loaves, with incisions to facilitate cross for the division into four parts (quadrae, from which the panis quadratus). So much information. So no pan… I tend to think that it’s probably twine that’s being used because I think the pistrinae would’ve had to cool these loaves by the hundreds. Stretch and folds: After the 1 hour of autolysing (initial mix-and-sit phase) take the dough out and punch it down gently with your finger-tips on a clean surface. The history and destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii is a topic that has captured the hearts and minds of historians and archaeologists for hundreds of years. It is a fascinating and very informative blog on ancient history and baking. Bread was prepared daily, in high volume, often in the home but mostly in commercial bakeries run by a Corpus Pistorum (or Collegium Pistorum): a veritable trade-union of powerful bakers who were likely looked upon as a Roman version of the ‘Hoffa teamsters’ of the day. Making four slashes through the top of the loaf, cut approximately 1 cm deep into the loaf. Panis Quadratus was not squared, as the name could suggest (that’s what “quadratus” means in Latin) but round: so what’s the deal with the name? It might take 45 – 60 minutes. I’ll be using the expression “gives good bread” as soon as I get a chance. Dec 20, 2014 - The Romans did not eat huge meals. Aim for a greek yoghurt-like consistency, not a watery consistency. The string groove also suggests that after breaking or cutting the wedges apart it would create a hinge like fold which would facilitate the opening of the wedge from the pointed end and filling it with some other food as if it was a small pie (sandwich). I do this when making small (300 gram) communion loaves. I have a question which I posted when I experimented with making Roman Bread. That is an excellent theory, Kathryn. The length of this part of the process is entirely dependent on the temperature of your kitchen and the humidity of the climate in which you live. In Italy beyond the Padus, the spelt, to my knowledge, weighs twenty-five pounds to the modius, and, in the vicinity of Clusium, six-and-twenty. The area that I enjoy researching the most at Pompeii, of course, is food. I’ve read on a blog that sometimes using this technique will leave a ‘cut line’ along the borders of the bun as you’ll need to cut out the dough in excess before baking – here is an example on youtube: https://youtu.be/9dDoLAKr9M0?t=5m09s, I am totally behind you on this theory, Dario. It should be inflated prior to baking. What is that funny-looking, sectioned bread called anyways? This is how my friend Gina and I make rosette as well. It seems logical that something was corded or ringed around the loaf so we’ll try this method to create the groove although I am not certain that twine would have made an efficient or cost-effective choice for the original bakers. But if you’ve already put your toe in that water you’ll have also realised that ‘studying Pompeii’ is something that you will be doing for the remainder of your life. If you read the first part of this two-part series on Roman bread-baking (Baking Bread with the Romans: Part I – Pliny the Elder’s Leaven) then you may have already made your own leaven (also known as bread starter, yeast, sourdough starter, pasta madre, levain) which is called for in this recipe. Italian hand gestures: let's have a little chat. So many of these things start out as practical applications but evolve into stylistic choices – perhaps the string was once a necessary requirement but evolved into a aesthetic application as changes in backing technologies and the grains available might have made the string-as-band redundant? This is the 6 million dollar question! There’s no need to go any deeper as the loaf will rise again a bit more during the initial baking process and create a nice score. You’ve done it. ? All of the others seem complicated and to no purpose. That’s a wonderful theory. Wood perhaps??? You’re going to stretch-and-fold the dough four times at 30 minute increments. Let rest for an hour or two. As I do not have a bread-stamp, I have chosen to use a few pinoli (pine nuts) to fill in the circular depression that I have made using a small cookie cutter. Tie kitchen twine around the circumference to make a "waist" that remains on through baking. She is also a member of EXARC, the Society for American Archaeology, and currently sits on the SAA Media Relations Committee. The reconstructed recipe for Panis Quadratus below provides an opportunity to explore the history of Pompeii and Roman food culture further by using a very appropriate sensory avenue: taste. – Farrell. Step 9. Most Famous Italian Liquors: Do you Really Know Them All. Éste era el quadratus supuesto de los panis y un pedazo de este pan fue llamado. In pursuit of answers, Monaco decided to recreate a panis quadratus and bring the past into her kitchen. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together by hand or in a mixer. One of her most memorable food recreations is of an unusual bread found in the ruins at Pompeii, the town of 15,000 people that was buried in ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2000 years ago. To knead the meal with sea-water, as is mostly done in the maritime districts, for the purpose of saving the salt, is extremely pernicious; there is nothing, in fact, that will more readily predispose the human body to disease. Hi Traci! In this episode, I recreate the Panis Quadratus and explore the … I definitely think they would’ve had size restrictions as grain was heavily regulated. (2) can I take out of the baking dish and put on a pizza stone Mix the flour and salt together in a separate bowl and then combine with the liquids. Monaco’s take on panis quadratus browns to an oak color, is dusted with coarse flour, semolina, or wheat bran, and has a heavy crumb. I was wondering whether the string had a use, ie to carry the loaves, or to string them along a pole above the sales counter, and whether once in the home, they would be hung from the ceiling to stop mice from accessing them. – Farrell. In order to explore the loaves of bread themselves and look into the ingredients that were used in Roman breads, we can refer back to other references in the documentary record from Pliny the Elder. Great article. Really enjoyed reading it. Would love your thoughts, please comment. What ingredients went into those loaves? How was it made? Step 1. Hi, I just saw this video — is it possible they just cut the bread around, there was no string involved? If you have access to a large commercial oven or a ceramic or brock outdoor oven, just slide it onto the base of the ovem with a pizza or bread paddle. I am making the recipe with my daughter for her Roman homework project. Do this step four times! Now we’ll work on a final added detail that will make this loaf of Roman bread a fait accompli: we’ll give it a bread stamp. It required massive quantities of grain, fire-wood, and slave and animal labour to produce a daily supply to feed 12,000 people. More Roman recipes as well. Hi! Others, again, will only give this additional weight by being mixed with other kinds, the Cyprian wheat and the Alexandrian, for example; which, if used by themselves, will yield no more than twenty pounds to the modius. But have you ever wondered what that bread might have tasted like? Pairing this panis quadratus with accompaniments such as honey, strong olive oils, pepper, milk and fresh cheeses will bring out the sweet and earthy flavours of the wheat and bran as well as the tangy flavour of the starter. This step allows the dough to strengthen and rise as the gluten structure forms. I use a dough scraper that is nearly as wide as the risen loaf and make two docks in the risen loaf at right angles. For a dough with this much flour, my starter has a life of approximately 8 hours from autolysing to baking time. But the Panis Quadratus is one of the most well- known to us today because of how well preserved it is from archeological evidence at Pompeii and Herculaneum. When I saw the string I thought of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONWbvznkr7s. Keep an eye on the loaf and take note once it has doubled in size and the twine becomes embedded in the side of the dough. I wonder what your thoughts are on this. I’m concerned if I cut it all the way through at that point I will knock all the air from the bread and end up with a discus! Take the baking twine and measure enough to encircle the exterior of entire loaf at the mid-section leaving ample length left over to tie the twine into a bow. I recently discovered a blog called: Tavola Mediterranea – Home of Culinary Archaeology on the Web. The end result for this recipe is a stunningly beautiful loaf of Roman bread with rich flavours and a textured crumb that is on the slightly heavier side. How to Make 2000-Year-Old Roman Bread from Pompeii | Panis Quadratus. Thanks to archaeology — and Pompeii — we can still make it today. If you have a baking stone or a large ceramic baking dish, that’d work the best. Bread Sale Fresco from the House of Julia Felix at Pompeii (National Archaeology Museum Naples). Step 6. Farrell Monaco is a lover of archaeology, travel, cooking, dogs, books, bread and baths… and not necessarily in that order. Once the bread has risen fully, preheat the oven to 400 F / 200 C / Gas mark 6. Let the dough rise now until it has risen to twice its size. In fact, the adjective probably refers to the four lines used to create the eight sections on its surface: let’s not forget that quadratus means, in the end, with four lines! See the image to the right for an example of what it should look like. Step 8. We’ll never know though, as no written evidence was left to describe this. If you’re just starting out on this voyage of discovery, you’re in for a beautiful ride. Perseus at tufts.edu). (I didn’t have time to read all the comments so apologies if somebody already suggested this idea), I know many users are suggesting loads of techniques, but couldn’t they possibly have used the same technique bakers use in modern day italy to make ‘rosette’ (in Rome) and ‘michette’ (in Milan)? Byzantines still called themselves Roman. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the crust is a medium brown tone. – Farrell, Another possibility explaining how the eight divisions were created is that the risen or partially risen loaf was divided with a knife or other edge pushed down through the dough. Moretum, on the other hand, is latin for salad, but is more of a cheese, garlic, and herb pesto and is eaten spread on slices of bread. That’s a fantastic theory. This recipe for panis quadratus is something that I will be baking regularly in my home especially for special occasions. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes to finish the bake and give the loaf a nice golden colour. Farrell Monaco L eslie Warden of Roanoke College in Virginia has commandeered her daughter's … There is something so enjoyable about making this recipe as well: It’s a lesson in good old-fashioned, honest hard work; it’s meditative; and it’s historical. Mix and autolyse: Combine the water and leaven (starter) together in a large bowl and mix it gently with a spoon or whisk. Panis Quadratis Research Paper 834 Words | 4 Pages. So I try not to let the whole process exceed seven hours. Pre-heat the oven to its maximum say 250 C with the Dutch pot or casserole inside. The band serves to restricts the spread of the dough in the oven – forcing the dough to rise upwards, rather than out to the sides. It’s one of the most well preserved archaeological sites in the world and offers up a huge amount of data on food and drink, Monaco says. Trying to picke the next recipe from this site to make. Panis Quadratus Submitted by Anne-Marie B on October 13, 2019 – 2:49am. Immediately turn down the oven to 220 deg. The men who controlled the bread and the commercial ovens often ran for office or influenced civic elections themselves. For this purpose, some of the meal is kneaded before adding the salt, and is then boiled to the consistency of porridge, and left till it begins to turn sour. Once the four-step stretch-and-fold steps are complete, shape the dough into a ball. Fresco of Panis Quadratus, or Panis Siligineusm from Ancient History Encyclopedia, Farrell Monaco. It all comes together with the ring on the outside and the divisions. The first bread I baked is Panis Quadratus. Pompeii’s Thermopolium of Pompeii was a sort of ancient snack counter. I think it’s probable that the same bread-making methods would transfer to their new capital. This fresco from the house of Julia Felix in Pompeii shows traditional round loaves with eight tear-off wedges. Named because of the four linear ‘cuts’ made to the loaf, creating eight evenly distributed sections that were cut into the loaf prior to baking, ‘Panis Quadratus’ was represented a great deal in the archaeological record at Pompeii both in art and in artefact. Farrell. And the taste works. There’s a lot to explore here and I’m going to post a follow-up in a week or two given the high level of engagement and debate around the prep and form of these iconic loaves. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Learn with flashcards, games, and more — for free. Our panis quadratus also had another peculiarity: a horizontal line, all along its circumference, of which we know very little, starting with the reason it was made. On special occasions, rich … Now, if you are like me, you probably enjoy reading about Pompeii or studying the endless sources of Classical historical data that the site has to offer. – Farrell. When I broke my first panis quadratus open, I swear that I could hear someone whisper ‘bonum panem fert‘ in my ear… I give good bread… But then again that might have been the mulsum talking! The photos area beautiful! Required fields are marked *, 3,387 Spambots Blocked by Simple Comments. You can feed the main starter 1 cup of flour and half a cup of water and leave it sit covered for 8 hours, for example. )…but speculation, interpretation and experimentation is half of the fun and it’s also an important part of education. It begs for further research and experimentation! For everything to do with the Roman Kingdom, Republic and the Empire up until the fall of the Western … In most cases, however, they do not warm it at all, but only make use of a little of the dough that has been kept from the day before.” (Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis – Book XVIII-26(11)). The Bœotian wheat, again, weighs a whole pound more than these last, and that of Africa a pound and three quarters. pompeii-restaurant.com. Stick around and thanks for reading and commenting! I think it deserves some more research! It’ll give you an opportunity to taste what it was the Romans tasted when they ate their daily bread during cena (dinner) or at dawn during ientaculum (breakfast) as they began their days. I am making this with a friend for our Latin class. …. If you enjoy history and archaeology — or the history of food — you may have come across images of large, round carbonized loaves, marked on top by lines that hint at the way to slice them: that’s what was known then as panis quadratus, or … It’s very puzzling and fascinating, isn’t it? Step 1 Rinse grapes and tie into a cheesecloth pouch. Thanks! This version is a 100% wholewheat sourdough loaf that contains poppy seed, fennel seed and parsley. 60.2k members in the ancientrome community. If you enjoy history and archaeology — or the history of food — you may have come across images of large, round carbonized loaves, marked on top by lines that hint at the way to slice them: that’s what was known then as panis quadratus, or siligineus, the later name deriving from the type of flour, siligo, used to bake it. Panis quadratus: let’s bake like the Romans! There are some kinds of wheat which give, when used by themselves, an additional weight equal to this; the Balearic wheat, for instance, which to a modius of grain yields thirty-five pounds weight of bread. – Farrell. TODAY THE BREAD IS CRISPED black as charcoal, and run through with cracks. Spelt is much heavier than barley, and wheat heavier than spelt.” (Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis –Book XXVI-11); Wheat and Leaven: “Of the various kinds of wheat which are imported at the present day into Rome, the lightest in weight are those which come from Gaul and Chersonnesus; for, upon weighing them, it will be found that they do not yield more than twenty pounds to the modius. Hi Haley! Panis boletus — Bread that has risen in the shape of a mushroom. Thank you for this. Last modified May 17, 2019. The wheat of Cyprus is swarthy, and produces a dark bread; for which reason it is generally mixed with the white wheat of Alexandria; the mixture yielding twenty-five pounds of bread to the modius of grain. I like to imagine the children running out to meet their friends with a wedge of stuffed bread in their grubby little hands. If so, please feel free to leave questions, comments or suggestions below. People have wondered and researched how the original Pompeiian bread might have tasted, the ingredients that went into the making of the loaves, and why the sectioned bread was called Panis Quadratus. So with that said, let us roll up our sleeves, tie the donkey to the grain-mill and make some Panis Quadratus! Carbonised Panis Quadratus (Boscoreale) Professional bakers in Rome, and in Pompeii, did not exist until the 2nd century BC and it is suggested that this advancement in specialized crafts has everything to do with the appropriation of Macedonia for the Republic by Aemilius Paulus. Find this Pin and more on Latest Images by Ancient History Encyclopedia. Farrell Monaco L eslie Warden of Roanoke College in Virginia has commandeered her daughter’s … If it fell flat as dough, it was overproofed. All of this new food-related data thus connoted a harvest, or autumnal time-frame for the eruption, over that of a late summer date. The ashes of Mount Vesuvius preserved this loaf of panis quadratus for millennia, allowing contemporary scholars to study and learn from this bread. … Who wants to make Pompeiian Bread? There are a lot of theories around the shaping and sectioning of the PQ loaf. One other issue though… sometimes the sections aren’t exactly even in size. I continue to read your posts with interest. We’re going to score this in the same fashion as we see the bread sectioned according to the archaeological record; see the images to the left and below as examples. Panis quadratus is known as one of the most common types of bread in Ancient Rome. If the twine is of the thinner variety, double it in length. The result was a horrific event that essentially created an invaluable archaeological time-capsule along the eastern Bay of Naples preserving many impressions of Roman daily life for many future generations to study. Give yourself a pat on the back and a nice mug of mulsum! . The string would then be pulled off after baking and reused. Place the dough on a generous sheet of baking paper. So, if you want to know more about panis quadratus and, why not, try to make it yourself and turn it into the talking point of your next dinner party, here’s a video to do just that! It is possible that the original bakers may have used twine to define each of the eight sections of the panis quadratus but it does seem like a fairly intricate and tricky job to complete, requiring knots or loops at eight junctions on a cord that would encircle the loaf horizontally. It is named so because of the four linear ‘cuts’ made to the loaf, creating eight evenly … Place a small pan of water in the oven as you preheat it and leave it there throughout the baking process. Whole wheat is fine and a hot stone mimics an oven floor beautifully as well. In the following passages he references grains that were used to make bread: Spelt: “Of all these grains barley is the lightest, its weight rarely exceeding fifteen pounds to the modius, while that of the bean is twenty-two. Separating the dough into two discs makes perfect sense, but when you say you docked the risen loaf, does this mean after the final proving directly before the loaf goes into the oven? Farrell Monaco is a lover of food, history, Italy, dogs, music, archaeology, beds, baths and books... and not particularly in that order. Step 2. I used a little more than half bread flour and the balance whole spelt flour, leavened with a culture I’ve had for more than 25 years. Step 5. If you have not been able to make your own leaven yet, you can return to the first article and give it a try or you can buy your own. Recreation of Panis Quadratus (by Farrell Monaco) - A recreation of Panis Quadratus (or Panis Siligineus), a type of ancient Roman bread found carbonized in Pompeii, and depicted in Roman art. Take the tray or dish that you’re going to bake the loaf in and dust the bottom of it with a coarse ground flour or whole wheat bran. She is the 2019 winner of the Best Special Interest Food Blog Award (Editor's Choice) by Saveur Magazine. – Farrell. Bread was the staple of ancient Romans’ diet, who based it on the so called Mediterranean Triad: cereals (bread), olives (olive oil) and wine. Panis quadratus— Despite its name this bread is not square but circular. (From: Pliny the Elder, Natural History. Thanks for chiming in on this! You can also carry the loaf around the house for a few minutes like a handbag, if you’re so inclined! Make sure that the dough doesn’t sit too long and expire; this is where getting to know your own starter comes in handy. If you end up with more than a cup of starter in your sponge, put the remainder back in with your mother starter. There is a tragic and romantic aspect to the manner in which the city and its population met its demise, during a catastrophic volcanic eruption in 79 AD, which creates a strong desire for many to learn more about the site and the people that inhabited it. – Farrell, I have two questions Jun 6, 2019 - Panis Quadratus – Pompeiian Bread. Go ahead and post this to Facebook. Since it doesn’t appear that I can post photos, I will PM them to you. It’s difficult to say why the groove is there and how it was originally made but it does not appear to have been made by the lip of a circular baking pan, as the loaves are often misshapen or bulbous below the groove as well as above it. Dust the top of the loaf again with the coarse flour or wheat bran that you used to line the baking dish. In Gaul and Spain, where they make a drink by steeping corn in the way that has been already described—they employ the foam which thickens upon the surface as a leaven: hence it is that the bread in those countries is lighter than that made else- where.” (Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis –Book XXVI-12); Salt in Bread Dough: “At the present day, however, the leaven is prepared from the meal that is used for making the bread. Use a timer if you want to remind yourself of when the next stretch-and-fold step takes place. It seems to result in a good stable consistency. Cover and let stand for an hour (autolyse). I duplicated the groove around the edge by placing a disk of one half the dough on tip of another. You’ll notice that with each stretch-and-fold the dough becomes more elastic. Did you add yeast? Come to think the mice would have found a hole in the ceiling and down the string. I like to feed my starter using two parts flour and one part water. Mount Vesuvius took thousands of lives on that fateful day in 79 AD and buried several settlements, not just Pompeii, in ash, pumice and pyroclastic flow. Note: Before you start this recipe, make sure that you’ve fed your leaven (starter) 8 hours prior to mixing. It featured in a post on baking with the Romans. What a great article! After each stretch-and-fold, cover the dough using a clean tea-towel or an overturned bowl and leave it sit for 30 minutes each time. I divided the loaf into eight sections by docking the risen loaf all the way to the bottom with a metal pastry scraper. I’d love to see how it turned out. One issue is that there’s nothing in the archaeological record that reflects this… nothing metal, anyways. He feels that a circular pan lip made that lateral groove but I don’t think that’s the case; if you google images of Panis Quadratus you’ll see other loaves that show the bottom and the top of the bread are often the same size with a significant groove/indentation (in circumference) or the bottom portion of the loaf is sometimes larger. Do this for all 4 ‘corners’ or ‘sides’ of your dough. The paper will not burn. It will create humidity in the baking environment that will allow for a bit more oven spring as well as a durable and chewy crust. This debate is still ongoing but it is fascinating to see how food-related archaeological data from Pompeii and the surrounding areas can contribute to understanding the bigger picture in so many ways. Here’s the stuffed tomatoes recipe you’re looking for: https://tavolamediterranea.com/2016/09/21/a-week-in-ravello-lemon-and-rice-stuffed-tomatoes/, There’s a search window at the top of the site that can help you find recipes faster. Each one of these avenues of Pompeiian history tells us a great deal about daily provincial life in the Roman Republican and early Imperial periods. Their main food was pottage, pottage is a kind of thick stew made from wheat, killer or corn. Two breads on this site really caught my attention and had me heading into the kitchen. A fresco from the House of Julia Felix in Pompeii, Italy. Hi, sorry, I probably just read over it but what starter should I use? I was wondering what kind of pan do you recommend for baking it? Trying to find the tomatoe and rice one but still looking. We have a good idea of what it looked like because not only are there intact images from Roman ruins but also there are examples recovered from the excavations of Pompeii. A Dutch pot / oven, or a casserole do a superb job. Drain, add water, mix in flour and cover the grapes with the mixture. Happy cooking! Post pics on the Facebook page too! On the far left are two broken-off pieces. To understand the power that bakers once held in Imperial Rome, all one has to do is stand in the shadow of the enormous tomb of master baker Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces that was erected outside of Porta Maggiore in Rome during the 1st century BC. It could take two hours or it could take 4 hours. The wheat of Thebais, in Egypt, æhen made into bread, yields twenty-six pounds to the modius. It is probable that bakers may have used twine to define each of the eight sections of the panis quadratus but it does seem like a fairly intricate and tricky job to complete, requiring knots or loops at eight junctions on the twine that encircles the loaf horizontally. C. After thirty minutes remove the lid and, if you like, pull the paper out leaving the loaf i the pot. Step 3. A recreation of Panis Quadratus (or Panis Siligineus), a type of ancient Roman bread found carbonized in Pompeii, and depicted in Roman art. The more you bake with your starter, the more you’ll know how long it will go in the rising process before it expires and the loaf deflates. Italy's most beautiful places: let's discover them! Views: 6841 In 79AD, a baker in Pompeii fled for his life as Mt. Stay tuned and thanks for reading and commenting! It was covered with poppy seeds and placed in a glass mold. The less a loaf spreads outwards, the more loaves a baker could fit into their oven, which might make the extra work/expense of applying the string/band worthwhile. (1) do I have to use spelt flour or can I replace it with any other flour? pompeii-restaurant.com. 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