Wonderfully crisp on the outside, and light and fluffy like clouds on the inside, the Naked Bakery Schiacciata is a wonder to behold. It’s delicious on its own, with an enjoyable chewiness, and a subtle tang from the sourdough.
The Naked Bakery Schiacciata is the perfect sandwich bread. Slice it lengthwise and stuff it with something simple like tomato and mozzarella. Or you can go the hearty route and layer it with a fried chicken fillet, bacon, and cheese. It’s also great to use for bruschetta and pan con tomate. And it is equally as incredible enjoyed simply, with a slathering of good butter.
Schiacciata is not a bread you usually find in many local stores. It tastes and looks similar to focaccia, but does not require as lengthy a process. Focaccia comes from Genoa, and schiacciata originates from Tuscany and Umbria, in central Italy. Its name literally means “pressed” or “squashed,” referring to how you need to press down on the dough to put it into the molds. It’s crunchy on the outside, and soft and moist on the inside.
Baked fresh on morning of expected delivery day. Best consumed upon arrival, but you can store it on the kitchen counter at room temperature for up to two days. If you’ve sliced into it, you can leave it cut side down on the chopping board. You may also place the sliced loaf in a ceramic bread box or a clean paper bag. Never store bread in the refrigerator, or else it will dry out. By the third day, you can place the bread in a large ziplock bag, but please note that the crust will soften and your bread will require toasting to refresh it. For storage up to three months in the freezer, wrap your bread in parchment paper and place it back in the ziplock bag.