This pesto braided bread is sure to impress your friends. Is as pretty on the outside as full of flavor inside. Serve it with some olives, cheese or just a good quality extra virgin olive oil with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar.
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Pesto braided bread
Bread recipe adapted from Mediterranealicious
makes 1 loaf
- 160ml lukewarm milk
- 20g fresh yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 300g flour + extra for dusting the work surface
- 1 tablespoon olive oil + extra for greasing
- 2 teaspoons salt
For the pesto:
- 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves only
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand in the bowl until the mixture is frothy, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in flour, olive oil and salt. Knead to a smooth dough, about 10 minutes. The dough should clean the bottom and sides of the bowl. If it doesn’t, add more flour, if it’s too wet, or water, if it’s too dry, one tablespoon at a time.
- Slightly oil the dough ball and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for about 1 hour, until it has more or less doubled in size.
- While the dough is resting, make the pesto. Combine the basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic cloves, salt, pepper and one tablespoon of cheese in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the remaining cheese and mix with a spoon. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Preheat the oven to 180º C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough into a rectangle. Spread the pesto over the dough, leaving a small margin around the edges.
- Roll the rectangle lengthwise and lay it on the baking tray. Cut the dough into half, lengthwise, turning the cut side up. Then start braiding by crossing one half over the other.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Cool slightly and slice to serve.
Try also this no-knead barley bread
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