Schiacciata con l’uva Tuscan grape bread

Schiacciata (“squashed”) is a flat bread about 2 cm thick that was originally cooked in the embers of the hearth. Variations of schiacciata are made throughout Italy. In Tuscany, it is often simply brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

Schiacciata con l'uva

Schiacciata con l’uva – Tuscan grape flat bread

Here in Chianti, we enjoy schiacciata con l’uva, sometimes called focaccia. (In ancient Rome, panis focacius was a flat bread baked on the hearth.) Focaccia is non-salty, not-too-sweet dessert made using using bread dough and wine grapes (not sweet seedless table grapes), together with plenty of rosemarie and often with crushed walnuts as well. This simple country bread is delicious and is sometimes available at the cooked-food counters of supermarkets such as the Coop supermarket in Greve in Chianti and at the big Ipercoop supermarkets.

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Elena Spolaor

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Although Elena was born in Venice, she was brought up in Tuscany and is a historian and frequent contributor to online articles about life in Tuscany and Umbria. Her specialities are Tuscan and Umbrian local history and folklore.

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