BSI – Lemon and Italian Schiacciata

Wow, two posts over the weekend!  I realized that I am doing my giveaway tomorrow, so I decided to post my Bizzy Weekend eats. 😀   While I already submitted my Pork Chops with Lemon-Thyme Sauce to this weeks hostess, Heather from Girlichef.   But I had buttermilk pancakes on my brain this morning – only one problem, I didn’t have any buttermilk!

But that didn’t stop me – to make your own buttermilk, just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and you are good to go.  The best part about these pancakes?  Only 2 PointsPlus per pancake.

Mock Buttermilk Pancakes


  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten

Mix dry ingredients together.  Make a well in the middle and add remaining ingredients.  Stir until just combined – the batter will be a bit lumpy, don’t worry.   Now the most important part, and the part Hannah didn’t like this morning because she was hungry – you have to let the batter sit at least 15 minutes.  This will ensure fluffy pancakes every time.

I did throw about 3/4 of a cup of blueberries in the batter because by tomorrow they wouldn't be good

with sugar free pancake syrup - perfect way to start a Sunday!

My parents-in-law bought me a Tuscan Kitchen cookbook for my birthday.  While Tony and I were driving to the grocery store yesterday, I got to the back of the book and found a recipe for schiacciata.  I read the recipe out loud to Tony and he was so excited – he remembers eating schiacciata at his grandpa’s house in Italy, and having sandwiches with salami with this bread.  I knew I had to make it.

The recipe calls for “fresh” yeast.  I have no idea what that means, so I used 1 ounce of yeast from a jar – probably 3 times as much yeast that I normally use, but it worked.



  • 5 cups flour (I used all-purpose)
  • 1 ounce yeast
  • 2 cups warm water

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water.  Put flour in large bowl.  Add the yeast water, than the second cup of water.  Mix with a wooden spoon.  While I would normally use my stand mixer to do the work, I decided to go old school and just used a wooden spoon.  Mix as well as you can, then dump on your counter and knead for about 10 minutes.  I actually really enjoy kneading bread.

Put in a bowl, and pour 2 tablespoons good olive oil over the top and 1 teaspoon sea salt.  Let rise 1 hour.  After the first hour, pour the dough on a 9×13 pan.  Spread out and cover with another tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon sea salt.   Let rise another hour.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Just before going in the oven, form indentations over the entire surface of the dough using your fingers.  I put rosemary on half of the bread.  Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

after the 10 minute knead

after the first rise

ready for the oven 😀

The inside is tender and light, with a nice crunchy crust on the outside – the only thing I would do a bit different is add 1 teaspoon of salt to the actual dough – but this was so delicious – and Tony loved it.  😀

Thanks again for hosting BSI this week Heather!  See you tomorrow. 😀

19 thoughts on “BSI – Lemon and Italian Schiacciata

  1. That flat bread looks amazing, Biz! Oh, by the way, fresh yeast is usually in the refrigerated section, by the eggs and dairy. It comes in little cubes.

  2. The bread pictures are gorgeous, and it looks so tasty! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Biz-that flatbread looks AWESOME!

  4. Mmmm pancakes! I never buy buttermilk- I always make shift it at home with white vinegar or lemon juice- just the best sub. That bread looks amazinggg. Enjoy the rest of your weekend

  5. I’ve heard of fresh yeast, but have never seen it in the stores! You look like you did just PERFECT without it! Yum!

  6. wow! that flatbread looks incredible!!!

  7. The flatbread sounds so good! My boyfriend would definitely be all over this one, I need to try making this sometime 🙂

  8. Oh, those pancakes look amazing! And the bread sounds amazing! Hope you had a great weekend, Biz!

  9. Okay, this is pretty much heaven to me. Pancakes with lemon for breakfast…gorgeous bread to munch on the rest of the day. Oh man1 Everything looks wonderful and I’m so glad you brought these pancakes over for the lemons this week 😀

  10. Da-rooooollllll! Those look so good. I love flat breads. Fresh yeast are those yeast cakes that are kind of moist and pressed. I think they don’t last very long. I have not seen any in stores around here.

  11. many good eats in this post. I just love pancakes, but for some reason don’t make them often. I am going to have to splurge and make them soon.

  12. Yum, the schiacciata all’olio looks awesome. We lived in Rome for 3 years about 10 years ago and your pix and recipe left my mouth watering. (mi fa venire aqua in bocca). Thanks for sharing.

  13. Both look absolutely delicious! Your pics are stunning!

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  14. Looks like a bread-y day!!! My kind of day. 🙂 Those pancakes look off the hook!

  15. erintakescontrol

    oh man…rosemary & bread…perfect!

  16. I used fresh yeast when I was a kid to make challah but didn’t know you could get it here. I learn something new every day. between you and your sister you are making me want to bake bread!!

  17. How many points is the flat breat?? Looks great!

  18. i always LOVE the smell of breakfast pancakes the invades the entire house on mornings

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