Toasted bread with lemon

Toasted bread with lemon

Fettunta al limone

By
From
Acquacotta
Serves
4
Photographer
Emiko Davies; Lauren Bamford

Let’s start with fettunta, the most ancient form of bruschetta (pronounced broo-ske-ta). It’s a slice of Tuscan bread, toasted and drizzled generously with extra-virgin olive oil – this is what gives it its name, fetta unta or, literally, ‘greasy slice’. There are few things as pleasurable as warm fettunta when you have just the right combination of good bread and excellent olive oil. The Maremmans know this very well, and would make this with wood-fired Tuscan bread and their own olive oil, made from the olives crushed in the communal frantoio, where everyone in the area goes to make their own oil.

The name bruschetta comes from bruscare (to char), and the best fettunta or bruschetta is the one that is charred over a charcoal grill on both sides. To give it an upgrade, you can also rub it with a raw garlic clove, or sprinkle it with sea salt. A step up from this is the addition of freshly chopped, ripe tomatoes and torn basil, which is what everyone thinks of when they hear ‘bruschetta’, or you can simply rub it with half a cut tomato to give it the hint of tomato and top it with flavourful anchovy fillets (see Pane e Pomodoro con le Acciughe).

But for this refreshing, quite addictive fettunta, we keep it simple with just a hint of lemon, which I first heard about in a lovely little illustrated collection of recipes called Quaderno delle ricette di Maremma by Claudia Spargi. She calls this ‘ la bruschetta all’Amiatina’, referring to Monte Amiata.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 slices tuscan bread, sliced about 1 cm thick, (or crusty white loaf)
1/2 lemon
1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
pinch sea salt flakes

Method

  1. Grill the slices of bread on both sides until crisp and warm. Rub the lemon half over each slice of bread, drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle sea salt over the top. Serve immediately.
Tags:
Italian
Tuscany
Back to top
    No results found
    No more results
      No results found
      No more results
        No results found
        No more results
          No results found
          No more results
            No results found
            No more results
              No results found
              No more results
              Please start typing to begin your search
              We're sorry but we had trouble running your search. Please try again