Sfincione is a traditional Sicilian pizza that originated in the city of Palermo. It is typically made with a thick, spongy bread dough base and topped with various ingredients such as tomatoes, anchovies, onions, caciocavallo cheese, and bread crumbs. The dough is usually made with a combination of flour, yeast, water, and salt and is left to rise for several hours before baking. The toppings are typically sautéed in olive oil and then spread on top of the dough before baking. Sfincione is often cut into squares and served as a snack or appetizer. It is known for its unique texture and bold flavors.


  • For the dough:
    • 3 cups of flour
    • 1 package of active dry yeast
    • 1 tsp of salt
    • 1 cup of lukewarm water
    • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • For the topping:
    • 2 cups of crushed tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup of olive oil
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
    • 1/2 cup of grated caciocavallo cheese
    • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Slowly add the lukewarm water and olive oil, and mix until a dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C).
  5. In a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Roll out the dough on a greased baking sheet. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and grated cheese on top.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  8. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

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