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  • cecig Mar 22, 2012 05:58 PM
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My Italian gramma who emigrated to this country before 1900 used to make what she called "push bread" for us little kids, back in the 1950's. Now I can't find any reference to it anywhere much less a recipe. Anyone out there know of this breakfast food?

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  1. Is this a sweet flat bread (Foccacia style)? I'm familiar with a Foccacia that is laid over and pressed into a sugar syrup and finished by sprinkling sugar over the top. Anywhere close to what you're looking for?

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    1. re: todao

      No , it isn't sweet at all. This was a savory and very simple breakfast dish that was basically fried pieces of bread. Thank you so much for responding Todao! There is a Native American bread called push bread (wheel bread) that can be sweet.

      1. re: cecig

        Well, you captured my interest. I did find some connections with "spingere il pane", which I believe is Italian for push bread, but I got dizzy trying to tie it down to an actual recipe.
        Sorry I couldn't be much help with this one. You might try pinning it down using additional features associated with the bread (round loaf, flat Focaccia style, etc.) and connecting it to the specific Italian regional foundation. I leaned many years ago that there's really no such thing as "Italian" food and that knowing the region of a recipe's origin helps a lot in connection the dots.

        1. re: todao

          Thank you so much! I will do that. She was from Piemonte, a small village called Sale not far from Turin. Now it is called Castelnuovo Nigra. I appreciate your efforts very much and will let you know when I find the info.

    2. *Maybe* "push" was an interesting translation or the Americanization of an Italian word. At any rate, this sounds kind of like French Toast. There are a few Italian variations that are common here: one with Panettone, one with cheese (marscapone or mozzarella) that I saw on Extra Virgin on Cooking Channel recently, and one that is stuffed, probably with cheese.

      Do any of these sound familiar?

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      1. re: travelerjjm

        That's an interesting theory, I'll see what I can learn from the few remaining family ( if they know). She never did speak any English and died in the 1950s.
        I don't think it involved cheese and I know it wasn't panettone or stuffed. I'll pursue some genealogy now and see what I can come up with in the process.