Coppia Ferrarese

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Coppia FerrareseCoppia Ferrarese: Coppia Ferrarese is a type of sourdough bread made with flour, lard, olive oil, and malt, and has a twisted shape.It was first made around the 12th century in Ferrara, Italy, and has PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status under European Law.

According to the legend, the host of a dinner to honorthe Duke of Ferrara, had these interwoven breads with typical horns served to allude to some of the duke’s personal adventures.

Note: The leaven should be prepared at least 48 hours in advance.

Ingredients for Coppia Ferrarese

(serves 8-10):

For Leaven:

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Lukewarm water

For Dough:

  • 1 kg flour (Type 0)
  • 350 ml water
  • 60 gms pork fat
  • 40 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100 g leaven
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp barley malt

Method for Coppia Ferrarese:


  • Take 200 g of flour in a bowl.
  • Add some lukewarm water, a teaspoon of oil and a teaspoon of honey to the flour.
  • Mix until smooth mixture is formed without lumps.
  • Shape the flour mixture into a ball.
  • Place the flour ball into a bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel.
  • Leave the flour to rest for 48 hours, to ferment.
  • Add a few teaspoons of lukewarm water, knead again, and cover with a damp kitchen towel once more.
  • The leaven should be refreshed every week.

For Bread:

  • Place all the ingredients for the dough into a heavy duty mixer.
  • Turn the mixer on and knead for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a worktop or flat surface.
  • Divide the dough into balls with a diameter of approximately 5 cm.

Note: In Ferrara, special rolling pins and other accessories are used to roll and shape the bread.

  • To shape the manually, roll out each ball on floured surface into strips approximately 30 cm in length.
  • Use the palm of your hand to press the dough like the one for strudel, while rolling it into cone-shaped horns.
  • Braid couples of such rolls together to obtain the characteristic shape of the couples (four cone-shaped horns interwoven in the middle).
  • When shaped, transfer the couples on a wooden board.
  • Cover the couples with a wet kitchen towel.
  • Let the couplesrest for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hrs.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bake the couples till golden brown.
  • Remove the Coppia Ferrarese from the oven, and slide onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Coppia Ferrarese is ready to be served.

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