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Transcript of Crescia Bread
(Italian cheese- bread) When Crescia Bread was first prepared and why. This recipe was created around the Great Depression and World War II. This is an Italian Easter dish and it is usually made around the time of Easter and is blessed by a reliable priest on Holy Saturday. Eggs are frequently used in Italian Easter baking to symbolize life, fertility, and birth (spring). The word Crescia translates to, "to grow." which is exactly what the bread does, it grows. Where Crescia Bread was first created This recipe first originated in the regions of Marche and Umbria. These are neighboring regions. Marche is located in the central area of the country with the Adriatic sea as it's Western border and Umbria to the East. It's Southern border is Abruzzo and it's Northern border is Emilia- Romagna. Marche's capital is Ancona. Umbria is the Eastern border of Marche. It's Northern border is Tuscany and its Southern border is Lazio. Umbria's capital is Perugia. Interview on traditional importance I interviewed my mother for the importance of this family tradition.
Gianna- Mom, why do we make this bread?
Mom-Ever since I was a little girl I helped my nonni (grandmother) make this bread at Easter time. This bread is exclusive to the region of Italy that my grandparents were from.
Gianna- What does this bread taste like? Do you need to acquire a taste for it?
Mom- Absolutely! It has a very strong aroma and taste, you have to like a pungent cheese to truly enjoy this bread
Gianna- What is the traditional importance of this bread?
Mom-For Roman- Catholics it signifies life and rebirth in accordance with the Easter holiday. How They Do It in Marche/ Umbria! Fact:
This recipe is exclusive to the people of Marche and Umbria. If you traveled anywhere else in Italy and asked for Crescia Bread they wouldn't know what it is. Most people in the United States have never even heard of this recipe. There are some immigrants from this region of Italy, like my Great Grandmother, who knew the recipe and continued to make it traditionally. It's a hidden treasure of Italy! Reference Page Esposito, Mary Ann. "Crescia." Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito. PBS, n.d. Web. 30 Oct 2012. <http://www.ciaoitalia.com/seasons/5/506/crescia>.
Mele, Deborah. "Crescia, Umbrian Cheese Bread." Italian Food Forever. N.p., 2011. Web. Web. 4 Nov. 2012.
Aversa, Cinzia. "Bella Online the Voice of Women." Italian Cheese Bread Recipe- Crescia Al Formaggio. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov 2012. <http://www.BellaOnline.com/articles/art29484.asp>.
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from the Marche." About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov 2012. <http://italianfood.about.com/od/breadspizza/r/blr0878.htm>. Making Crescia Bread with Mary Ann Esposito Most of the videos on how to make Crescia Bread that you search on YouTube come in different variations
they can be flat or small, it all depends on how you make it. This video had the way that my family makes it. Mary Ann Esposito uses the well technique that's what makes the dough a large ball so it can double its size and be put into the oven forming a large loaf looking a bit like an oversized cupcake. Different Variations of Crescia Bread There are many different ways to make Crescia bread. The way you make it depends on what recipe you are using, or how your family makes it. You can add or subtract ingredients depending on how you like the taste and what you're looking for when making this. In the third picture the baker added walnuts to make it sweeter. You can serve this with plenty of different things, but most people prefer to eat just the bread and focus on it's taste. By: Gianna DeAngelis Period 1 Baking, Mrs. Casey- Smith