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Catholic Recipe: Palermo Bread


  • 5 lbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 envelopes yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons shortening


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Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+

Origin: Italy


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This bread is part of the Sicilian tradition of the St. Joseph Altar.


Mix flour and salt. Make a well in middle of flour. In separate bowl, combine 1 cup warm water, yeast and sugar. Pour water and yeast and three remaining cups of water into flour. Work together to make dough. Add shortening and knead for 10 minutes. Place in large greased bowl or pan, cover with a cloth. Rest for 5 minutes. Work it again for 15-20 minutes. Let rise for 2 hours. Knead for 5 minutes and let rise for 2 more hours. Clip and form into breads or buns. Let stand for 2 more hours. Bake at 375? for 1 hour.

Recipe Source: Viva San Giuseppe by St. Joseph Guild, St. Joseph Guild, 1200 Mirabeau Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122