pane nero di castelvetrano
Pane nero is a round, dark, coffee-colored bread which is baked in wood burning ovens in the town of Castelvetrano. The dough is made with water, salt, yeast and two cereals (the Russulidda and the Tumminia corn flour). The wood burning oven is heated to 300° Celsius. Once the flames are extinguished, the oven is swept clean with a broom made from the leaves of the palma nana (Sicilian dwarf fan palm). Then the dough balls are placed into the oven. The bread is ready, once the oven has cooled down. Pane nero exists in several versions, including those with dried tomatoes or olives. Lunch tip: Pane nero with extra virgin olive oil, salt, oregano, tomato, local cheese, like primo sale or vastedda, anchovies and basil!
You can also buy pane nero at the Bakery Cottone, in the coastal town of Balestrate.