Flower shaped pesto bread

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

Filling :-

  • Pesto

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! 🙂



  1. Shweta Shewale

    Finally, I can get the recipe along with the pictures! Proud of you! Rock!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. That looks really delicious. I really like your instructions, very easy to follow. I’ll be sure to try this.

    Happy holidays!

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  3. Reblogged this on Nadira's Locs and commented:
    I love Pesto!

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  4. lisa @stylesofcooking

    Love this, the design looks so effective. You’ve made it look so easy as well to make. Thanks for sharing

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  5. This is so beautiful and creative! I’ll be featuring it on this weeks Veggie Wednesday 🙂

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  6. The Voice Of The Crow

    Wow it looks amazing! This would be an impressive display when hosting dinner!

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  7. tif

    I teach a cooking class and we recently made this bread star with cinnamon, sugar, and butter in between the layers and it was a BIG hit!!

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  9. You have done a lovely job with this pesto bread! It looks delicious!

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  10. How beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

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