My new found love of baking keeps me experimenting. I recently saw a video of bread braiding that someone shared on facebook. That was a spark enough to ignite my creative flame. Came the next day, I warmed up some milk for yeast proofing even before brushing my teeth. 🙂
The only problem with bread is.. we don’t get to use it as much. My calorie cautious hubby monitors his carb intake way too seriously. Though I do most of my baking with whole wheat flour, rather than APF. Still… i just can’t make dough for less than 2 cups of flour! any less than that.. and all the hard work I put in doesn’t seems fair.
Long story short.. I wanted to bake.. but also wanted to make it more of a dish, rather than just plain old bread which will need another associate.
I pondered on the idea of making something sweet.. Danish? chocolate filled croissants? pie? .. nah.. I better watch out on calories
So.. I had to bake.. fill something in, so that it’s a complete dish.. and it’s not going to be sweet! How about calzone? sounds good! I ran to the Italian bakery down the street to grab a pack of fresh pesto. (my little patio garden is out of basil)
I can’t pinpoint exactly when in the process, but I decided to make something else. Armed with fully raised dough and pesto.. I started playing around and ended up with this 🙂
Looks tempting? So without any delay, let’s jump to recipe
Bread Dough Ingredients :-
- 2 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
- 1 tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Note – I made dough using 1 cup of whole wheat flour and that was enough for one flower bread. Adjust the measurements according to your need.
Instructions for making dough
- Proof the yeast using sugar and some milk
- Mix salt into flour and sieve.
- After the yeast has proofed, add oil.
- add the yeast and oil mixture to the flour.
- Knead until a dough forms, and then continue kneading for an additional 10 minutes.
- Cover and let rise for 3-4 hrs OR until double in size
- Punch down and knead for another 3-4 minutes. Keep covered.
Flower bread procedure:-
- Preheat the oven to 350 F
- Divide dough into three equal portions
- Roll out in a circle with help of a rolling pin
- Apply a generous coat of Pesto
- Stack the three dough disks with pesto layers
- At this point, Your bread should look something like this
- Place something round in the center of your bread to make markings. I have used my little Bodum Coffee cup
- Mark four perpendicular cuts, leaving the central circle intact
- Make two more cuts in each quarter, creating three sections. Now you have a total of 12 sections.
NOTE: You can increase of decrease the number of sections according to you preference. Just make sure you end up with a even number.
- Now comes the fun part! Hold up one section of your bread (making sure you have grabbed all the 3 layers of dough) and give it a 360 Degree turn and place it back. Repeat for all 12 sections.NOTE: Twist sections clockwise and counterclockwise alternatively
- Once done, it should look like this
- As a result of twisting in different directions, you can see pairing in their twist lines.
- Grab two adjacent pieces making a pair, and pinch together the outer circle area of both pieces. This will give your bread the nice 3D flower shape.
- Once done, bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for around 40-45 Mins.
- When you see browning, take your creation out of oven and relish your not so hard work 🙂
I hope you will enjoy cooking and serving this beautiful pesto bread. Don’t forget to share your experiences and feedback with me.
Happy Cooking! 🙂