Preparing some herbed bread has been on my mind since a long time. Just did not get down to it. Thought its high time and I should bake some bread today. This recipe is a modified version from a website called my jhola. I just skipped the sun-dried tomatoes from the original recipe and used double the ingredients so that it can serve 3-4 persons.
The aroma of baking bread gives me such a big high. It is like aroma therapy for me. It fills your home with a nice warm feeling.
This bread has flavours infused by garlic & basil and occasionally you get to bite into bits of black olives.
Ingredients: (Serves 3-4) Preparation Time: 1 hr includes baking time
Dried yeast – 2 tsp
Sugar – 2 tsp
Olive Oil – 3 tsp
Salt – 1/4 of a tsp
All purpose flour – 400 gms
Black Olives – around 8, pitted & sliced/chopped
Basil – 5-6 leaves, chopped roughly
Garlic cloves – 2-3 medium-sized, finely chopped
Take about 3/4 cup of luke warm water in a bowl and dissolve the sugar in it. Now add the dry yeast to it. Leave it aside for about 10 -12 minutes, till the yeast gets activated and the mixture gets frothy and some bubbles form on top. Sugar is used as food for the yeast.
Sieve & add the flour to a mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture to it. Add salt & olive oil. You can add a tbsp of butter which is at room temperature if you want to. Knead it to a sooth elastic dough.Cover with a warm towel. Keep the dough aside for about 15 minutes. The dough puffs up as the yeast acts upon the flour. Now add the chopped/sliced olives, basil and garlic.
Mix well. Again cover the dough using the warm towel and keep aside for another 15 minutes so that the dough can rise again.
Pre-heat your oven to 180 degree Celsius. Shape the dough as desired . Make some cuts on the top if you want to.
Grease and sprinkle the bottom of a baking tray with some all-purpose flour. Shaped the dough as desired. I shaped it as a big fat bun. :). Place the dough on a baking tray.
Place the tray in the centre of the oven once pre-heated and bake for 30 minutes or till the top gets a lovely golden brown colour.
Take the bread out of the oven. Brush some olive oil on the top. Let the bread cool down.
Serve warm with some Pasta of your choice, or eat as is.
You many want to try some of my Pasta recipes with this bread.
- Breaking Bread: Basic Breads (shreyagoswami7.wordpress.com)
- 52 Weeks of Baking: Bread for Beginners (casaycocina.wordpress.com)
- Basil Tomato Pizza with Homemade Crust (januarymama.com)
- Fabulous focaccia (karenskitchenblog.wordpress.com)
- Tomato Juice Pesto Rolls (wbaltv.com)