The Best Brunch Recipe Ever: Baked Italian-Style Bauru Casserole (Bauru Italiano de Forno)


Bauru is a very popular Brazilian sandwich, created by a student from the city of Bauru, São Paulo in 1934.

The traditional recipe for it calls for french bread, roast beef, mozzarela cheese, slices of tomato, pickles, dried oregano, and salt.  Nowadays, there are lots of different variations, with the Italian-Style Bauru being one of the most famous.  This variation calls specifically for Parma ham and sun-dried tomatoes in addition to the traditional french bread, roast beef, mozzarela cheese, and oregano.

Out of a multitude of different versions from which to choose– French, Italian, Portuguese, American, etc.,  I decided to make the Italian version.  This is not only because I am a big fan of Italian cuisine, but also it was a way to pay tribute to the Italian immigrants who have so profoundly influenced our culture and cuisine — especially in Southern and Southeast Brazil.

Instead of making the sandwich itself, I based my recipe upon a very interesting one from MdeMulher magazine which is baked, and more reminiscent of a casserole.  To make it my own, I added to that recipe chicken boullion powder, pepper, dried tomato, olives, artichoke, provolone cheese, and pesto sauce.  The result: the best brunch recipe casserole ever, if I do say so myself!!!!!!!!

I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I did. :)

Bom apetite!

Baked Italian-style Bauru Sandwich/Casserole

 Serves 6 – 8

Segment: Brazilian Cuisine/ Inspired



5 large eggs, at room temperature

2 cups olive oil

2 cups milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Knorr Chicken Bouillon (powder)

A pinch ground black pepper

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder


8.8 oz (250g) deli smoked ham, sliced

4.4 oz (125g) mozzarela cheese, sliced

Dried oregano to taste

1 large tomato (skin and seeds removed), small diced

1/4 cup dried tomato, chopped

1/4 cup green olives, sliced

1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts, chopped

4.4 oz (125g) provolone cheese, sliced

To sprinkle

1/4 cup bread crumbs plus extra to sprinkle on bottom of the baking pan

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

To decorate

1/2 – 3/4 cup pesto sauce to drizzle on top

2-3 tomatoes (skin and seeds removed)


Preheat the oven to 392° F ( 200°C).

Grease and sprinkle bread crumbs on the bottom of a  15 x 10 x 2 in (5.9 x 3.9 x 0.8 cm) rectangular baking pan.  Reserve.

Dough:  Blend all the ingredients (except the baking powder) together well in the blender,   until obtaining a homogeneous mixture.  Pour into a medium bowl, add the baking powder, and stir well.

How to arrange:  Pour half of the dough into the prepared baking pan. Layer half of the slices of ham, all the slices of mozzarela cheese, oregano, one diced tomato, the diced tomato, olives, artichoke, the remaining ham, and all the slices of provolone cheese.

Pour the other half of the dough on top, sprinkle 1/4 cup bread crumbs, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve warm drizzled with pesto sauce and topped with 2-3 diced tomatoes. It can be accompained by a fresh salad. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe was based on Bauru Especial de Forno  from MdeMulher Culinária by Editora Abril.


Receita em Português:

Bauru Italiano de Forno

Serve 6 a 8 pessoas



5 ovos grandes inteiros, à temperatura ambiente

2 xícaras (chá) de azeite de oliva

2 xícaras (chá) de leite

2 xícaras (chá) de farinha de trigo

1 colher (chá) de sal

1 colher de (chá) de caldo de galinha Knorr em pó

Uma pitada de pimenta moída

1 colher de (sopa) mais 1 colher de (chá) de fermento em pó


250 g de presunto fatiado

125 g de queijo mussarela fatiado

2 colheres de (sopa) de orégano seco

1 tomate sem pele e sem sementes picado

1/4 xícara de (chá) de tomate seco picado

1/4 xícara de (chá) de azeitona verde em rodela

1/4 xícara de (chá) de alcachofra em conserva (opcional)

125 g queijo provolone fatiado

Para polvilhar

1/4 xícara (chá) de farinha de rosca mais extra para polvilhar o fundo da forma

1/4 xícara (chá) de queijo parmesão ralado

Para decorar

1/2 a 3/4 xícara de (chá) de molho pesto para regar

2-3 tomates sem pele e sem sementes picado

Modo de Preparo:

Pré-aqueça o forno a 200°C.

Massa: Bata no liquidificador todos os ingredientes para massa, exceto o fermento em pó, até obter uma mistura homogênea. Despeje em uma tigela, acrescente o fermento e misture bem.

Montagem: Coloque metade da massa em uma assadeira retangular (5.9 x 3.9 x 0.8 cm)  untada com manteiga e enfarinhada com farinha de rosca. Cubra com metade das fatias de presunto, todas as fatias de queijo mussarela, o orégano, o tomate picado, o tomate seco, a azeitona, a alcachofra, a outra metade do presunto, e todo o queijo provolone.

Despeje por cima o restante da massa, polvilhe a farinha de rosca e o queijo parmesão. Asse no forno pré-aquecido durante 35 minutos ou até que um palito inserido no centro do sanduíche de forno saia limpo.

Sirva morno com o molho pesto por cima e as 2 ou 3 tomates picadas. Pode ser acompanhado por uma salada fresca.

Obs: Baseado na receita de Bauru Especial de Forno de MdeMulher Culinária da Editora Abril.


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4 Responses to The Best Brunch Recipe Ever: Baked Italian-Style Bauru Casserole (Bauru Italiano de Forno)

  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook 11 July, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Hi Denise! Well, not only this is the best brunch recipe but this looks beautiful too! I have never heard of Bauru before but now I know. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Denise Browning 11 July, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks, Nami! This used to be one of my fav sandwiches down in Brazil. I was so happy when I found its baked version recipe. It looks messy — just like a lasagna, but it is delicious otherwise I’d not post here. :).:) Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Nydia 11 July, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Denise, this looks fantastic, and I think is not complicate to make. Love to have it done in the oven, I can imagine all tha flovors melted together.

    • Denise Browning 12 July, 2012 at 3:17 am #

      Thanks, Nydia! Bauru is one of my favorite sandwiches. I think that its baked version is even better. Well, my family and myself approved it. I hope you have the chance to make it. xx

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