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Whole-Wheat Flatbread with Grapes

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Yield 24 slices


This sweetened bread — schiacciata con l’uva — is traditionally made in Tuscany during the grape harvest. Feel free to reduce the sugar by a third if your grapes are especially sweet, or you simply prefer a less sweet bread.



2 lb. seedless grapes, stemmed and washed
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¾ cup golden raisins
1 cup boiling water


cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
1 Tbsp. active yeast
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat bread flour


¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat bread flour


  1. Toss the grapes in a large bowl with the white and brown sugars, then set aside.
  2. Place golden raisins in a small bowl and cover with boiling water, then set aside.
  3. Prepare sponge: Place warm water in a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water and stir to dissolve. Stir in all-purpose and whole-wheat flours until well blended. Cover bowl with a clean dish towel and let sponge rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  4. Finish the dough: Stir oil into sponge until well-blended. Add salt and remaining flour to sponge, ½ cup at a time, using a wooden spoon to stir at first. As dough comes together, turn it out onto a flour board and knead in remaining flour. Knead dough for 2 minutes. It should be a bit sticky, but easily pull away from board.
  5. Oil two 12-inch pizza pans or baking sheets with olive oil and set aside. Drain raisins. Stir grapes.
  6. Cut dough into four equal-sized pieces. Place one piece on a lightly floured board and roll into a 9-inch round or 8x10 rectangle. Place on one of the oiled pans. Cover dough with ½ pound of sugared grapes. Roll out another piece of dough into the same size and place on top of grape-covered dough, sealing edges together. Arrange ½ pound of sugared grapes on top.
  7. Repeat process with remaining dough, grapes, and oiled pan, but add half of the raisins to each layer of dough.
  8. Cover each loaf with a clean dish towel and let breads rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Place a pan of bread on each rack, staggering the pans so that one is not directly over the other. Bake bread for 50 minutes, switching pans halfway through.
  10. Remove from oven and let bread cool completely in pans.

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1. by KRISTEN KEANE on Sep 24, 2009 at 8:47 AM PDT

Step 4 looks to be an accidental prepeat of a more aptly placed Step 6. Should Step 4 just be dropped and the following steps renumbered or is there a rising that should go in its place?

I am only at Step 2. Stat tuned to see how it turns out.

2. by Kim on Sep 24, 2009 at 8:23 PM PDT

You’re right, Kristen — an extra step was added inadvertently; we’ve corrected it now. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

3. by KRISTEN KEANE on Nov 18, 2009 at 6:59 AM PST

Made this and it was a success. Came together well and kept well for the next day. I will make this again when we have company staying over. When sliced open it looks great. It was just right for breakfast.

Did have a little trouble with the sugar from the grapes on top running off and caramelizing on the bottom of the pan.

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