because I have had a relaxing weekend
because in 1 month I will be home with my family to celebrate Christmas
because I love bread
and because I love ya!
I have decided to bring back on the front page one of my most favorite bread recipe: the Pesto Bread!
I have actually made it last weekend so I have re-shot the pictures.
Enjoy my friends 🙂
Ingredients (for one loaf of bread):
- 2 cups bread flour + 1/2 cup more as needed
- 1/2 packet of instant yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2-3 tbsp pesto (check my recipe for homemade pesto)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Dissolve yeast and sugar into lukewarm water, let it rest for about 10 min, until it is all bubbling.
In a bowl of your electric mixer (with the hook attachment) combine flour, salt, olive oil and the yeast mixture
Mix the ingredients until you get a smooth and elastic dough, add more flour if needed
Add a little olive oil in a bowl, place the knead dough into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, place in a warm and dry place and et raise for about 2 hours or until it doubles in size
Roll up the dough sealing well the borders
With a sharp knife cut the dough down the center length wise
Take the two cut pieces and braid them together
Place the bread into a slightly greased loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let raise for an other hour. Bake at 180 C for about 30-35 min. Remove from the oven and allow to cool
Enjoy with your choice of dips