For my first attempt I borrowed my mum's cheesy, chilli bread recipe that I have happily been consuming since a child, and swapped out a few of the ingredients to create these cheese pesto and sundried tomato whirls. Ideal for a lunch box, picnic pack up or simply to nibble on at home!
7g sachet of dried yeast
1 tsp golden caster sugar
150g fresh pesto
100g grated mozzarella
2 tbsp. olive oil
240g sundried tomatoes
handful of basil leaves
- Add the flour, yeast, sugar and 1 1/2 tsp salt to a large mixing bowl.
- Measure 280ml warm water; add to the flour mixture alongside the olive oil. Mix together until the mixture starts to clump together as a dough, if it seems a little dry add another 10ml of water.
- Once the mixture is combined, lightly flour the work surface and knead for around 10 minutes. The dough is ready once it feels springy, elastic and has come together smoothly.
- Clean the mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with cling film and set aside to prove and double in size. Depending on the temperature where the dough is placed this should take 1-3 hours.
- Line a baking tray with parchment. Uncover the dough and punch down to knock out the air bubbles. Flour the work surface once again and tip the dough out. If the dough is sticky dust with a little flour also.
- Roll the dough into a large rectangle shape until the dough is roughly an inch thick.
- Spread the pesto over the dough, scatter the tomatoes, both cheeses and basil evenly.
- From one of the longer sides roll the dough into a long sausage shape.
- Cut the dough into 12 even pieces then place on the baking tray, cut side up. 6 pieces to a baking tray, tuck the open end of each roll into the middle to avoid the bread uncoiling during baking.
- Leave a little space between as they will double in size again during the second proving. Loosely cover with cling film and leave to prove for 30 minutes-1 hour.
- Heat oven to 200C, once the bread has doubled, place in the oven and cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, leave to cool and tuck in.
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