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A round loaf with a section cut out so that you can see the parma ham and mozzarella inside.

Parma ham and mozzarella tortano

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Tortano is a traditional Italian round filled bread originating from the Naples area. It is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. This one had Parma ham and mozzarella in but you can use any filling you like.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:8
  • Skill level:easy

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For the dough

For the filling

  • 160g 5⅝ oz Parma ham
  • 250g 8⅞ oz Mozzarella sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes handful, halved

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  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Put the flour and salt into a large bowl, stir in the sugar and yeast, then rub in the butter. Add enough of the water to form a soft dough (you may not need it all).

    Ingredients for this step

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and leave in the bowl in a warm place to rise for about 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 240°C (fan 220°C, gas mark 9).

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Press the dough into a large rectangle about 1cm thick, layer the ham and mozzarella over the dough and sprinkle the tomatoes over.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 160g 5⅝ oz Parma ham
    • 250g 8⅞ oz Mozzarella sliced
    • Cherry tomatoes handful, halved
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Brush the edges of the dough with water and then roll up into a large sausage shape, then shape into a wreath. Place on to a baking tray lined with baking paper.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Place in the oven and turn the temperature down to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6), bake for about 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.