If you don't have a pizza stone, use an inverted baking sheet and increase the baking time by two to three minutes. A piece of plain, unwaxed floss is perfect for thinly slicing the Taleggio cheese.
- Servings: 16
- Yield: Makes 2
Photography: Anna Williams
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
- 1 envelope (1 scant tablespoon) active dry yeast
- Pinch of granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, plus 2 teaspoons leaves
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)
- 10 ounces Taleggio cheese, rind removed, thinly sliced
- 3/4 ounce fresh black truffle (optional)
- Flaked sea salt, for sprinkling
Place oven rack in middle position, and place a pizza stone on rack. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine yeast, sugar, and water in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir until yeast and sugar have dissolved. Add 6 tablespoons oil, the chopped rosemary, flour, coarse salt, and Parmesan, and beat on medium speed until dough forms a ball, about 2 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough until smooth and elastic. Lightly brush a medium bowl with oil. Place dough in bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut in half, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured piece of parchment, roll 1 portion of dough into a 9-by-16-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with 2 tablespoons oil. Arrange half the Taleggio on top, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon whole rosemary leaves. Slide parchment and dough onto an inverted baking sheet, and use the sheet to slide parchment and dough onto the preheated stone in oven.
Bake, rotating bread once, until crust is just golden and cheese is bubbling, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer parchment and bread to a wire rack. Shave half the truffle over top if desired, and sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Repeat with remaining dough, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, and Taleggio. Slice into wedges or squares, and serve warm or at room temperature.