Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Olive and Cheese Crusty Bread



I have this recipe from BBC Good Food. I'd been on the lookout for something easy and simple.. without too many ingredients and variable.. and this fits the bill perfectly. Whats more, Abdullah likes it.. which is a feat I tell u  Alhamdolillah.

So, I'm writing what I did and how..

500 grms flour - plain or mixed, up to u.
1 heaped tsp yeast
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 level tsp salt
Around 300 ml Warm water

Pile the flour in a wide bowl and make a well. Put in the yeast and pour over some lukewarm water.

Mix in and let it sit awhile.

Sprinkle salt on the outside of this well and pour over half the oil

Mix well with your hands, kneading as you go. Use water carefully.. not too much. Once the dough is joined but sticky, just use some oil for your hands to gather it.

Pour in remaining oil in a bowl and place the dough in it. Let it rise for 2 hours.

Punch down gently. Form into a loaf and let it rise again.

Bake in preheated oven at 200.. until hollow from below.. and browned on the top..

Directly before and during baking, spray it with water and close the oven immediately. The steam that rises will give it its crust..

Thats is the basic recipe. You can add anything else to it or give it any other shape...

Ive just kneaded a fresh batch and have added sesame seeds to it.. So basically thats up to u...

Keep it wrapped in a clean cloth and that placed in a plastic bag..

And for this version I did this:

Divide the bread in half.. I baked half as is, plain white.

Roll the dough out, and spread 4 tblsp COLD butter over it. Knead quickly, using some extra flour if its too sticky.

Then spread a bit with hands and place one tblsp each chopped jalapenos and olives and 2 tblsp grated cheese.

Knead carefully and form to a bread shape. Oil a baking tin and bake as before.. Use flour to help hold shape if needed..

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