Sicilian Mafalda

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A typical bread from Sicily
This delicacy from Sicily is a traditional Italian bread, which takes its name from the shape of the strips of dough, reminiscent of the wide pasta of the same name. It is made from the basic ingredients of durum wheat semolina, water, salt and yeast and is known for its crispy crust and soft interior. The bread is ubiquitous in Sicilian cuisine and is often served as a side dish with meals or simply enjoyed as a snack between meals. Its unique texture and mild flavor make the Sicilian Mafalda a culinary highlight and an essential element of Italian cuisine.
Ingredients list
Difficulty: medium
Cost: low
Calories: 518kcal
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Resting time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Total: 5 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: medium
Cost: low
Calories: 518kcal
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Resting time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Total: 5 hours 20 minutes
  • First, add the fresh yeast to the lukewarm water and mix thoroughly until all the yeast is dissolved. Then add the honey and mix well again.
    300 ml water, 10 g fresh yeast, 1 tsp honey
  • Now pour the prepared yeast water into the mixing bowl of the stand mixer and add the sugar. Now equip the machine with the dough hook, run on low speed and let the olive oil trickle in.
    15 g sugar, 35 ml olive oil extra virgin
  • Now gradually add the milled durum wheat semolina and let the dough knead for 10 minutes.
    500 g durum wheat semolina
  • Then add the salt and knead in the machine for another 5 minutes until a compact and elastic dough is formed.
    15 g salt
  • Then place this on a work surface floured with semolina and fold a few times from the outside inward to give the dough more firmness.
  • Then shape the dough into a ball and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a cloth and let rest at room temperature for about 3 hours.
  • After the resting time, place again on the work surface and cut out dough pieces of about 200g/7oz each.
    Mafalde siciliane Instruction Images 1
  • Now spread each piece out into a flat oblong rectangle.
    Mafalde siciliane Instruction Images 2
  • Then roll up from the short side.
    Mafalde siciliane Instruction Images 3
  • Then cover with plastic wrap or a cloth and let rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Subsequently, each roll of dough is rolled again until an elongated dough string is formed.
    Mafalde siciliane Instruction Images 4
  • Now the cord is used to form the typical snake shape by laying them together in an s-shape.
    Mafalde siciliane Instruction Images 5
  • The end of the string is then placed centrally from the bottom of the snake to the head and lightly pressed.
    Mafalde siciliane Instruction Images 6
  • Now place the formed mafalde on a baking tray covered with baking paper and let them rise for another hour in the switched-off oven. Then remove from the oven and heat up to 180°C/360°F.
  • In the meantime, brush the mafalde with a little water and sprinkle with sesame seeds to taste.
  • Once the oven has reached the required temperature, place a small container of water on the bottom of the oven. Now bake the mafalde for about 40 minutes on the middle rack until golden brown.
  • Finally, remove and let cool briefly. The delicious Sicilian bread is now ready to be served.
    Buon appetito!


In Sicily there are two types of this bread. The large mafalde presented in this recipe, weighing about 200 to 300g, and the smaller mafaldine, weighing about 100g. If you prefer the smaller rolls, just use 100g for the dough instead of the 200g. The rest of the procedure remains the same.
Calories: 518kcal (26%)Carbohydrates: 94g (31%)Protein: 18g (36%)Fat: 11g (17%)Saturated fatty acids: 2g (10%)Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 2gMonounsaturated fatty acids: 6g

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