FOR THE BREAD DOUGH
|200 gms All purpose flour|
|1 1/2 tsp Instant yeast|
|3/4 cup Water|
|2 tsp Sugar|
|1 tsp Salt|
|2 tbsp Olive oil|
FOR THE FILLING
|1/2 cup Cashew|
|1/3 cup Coriander|
|1 tbsp Lemon juice|
|1 tbsp Olive oil|
|1 Green chilly|
|To taste Salt|
Burst of flavours is assured with every bite into this russian braided pesto bread which is a very soft savoury bread and is easily baked at home.
It is been a while since I baked a loaf of bread. The main reason being the kids are away on work and we both are off gluten. But I love baking bread. It is therapeutic. So when Sonia gupta suggested we the theme of braided bread for bread bakers. I realised I had not baked with them for a very long time now and I had to get baking to baking bread. But then what would I do with the baked bread if I cannot enjoy it? Well, when I have friends who do not mind tasting it, I have every reason to bake it. Then the next question was would I bake a sweet or a savoury bread? Vibha always likes a savoury bread and though she is not here, I baked this Russian braided pesto bread, so that one day she will see this, gets inspired and bake herself.
I wonder why this braid is called as Russian? Did it have its origin in Russia? I am not sure but I love this braid. The way the fillings slightly gets exposed and look of the filling trying to peep out makes me smile every time I make such a braid. While I was braiding this bread, I have decided that my next bake will be a sweet one. We can customise this bread in many ways. If we want to be off refined flour, then we can bake it with whole wheat flour. Have a sweet tooth, then make a sweet filling, chocoholic then make a chocolate filling, the options are many. Though the braiding might sound difficult, I have shown the step by step braiding in my earlier bread here. Please have a look at Twisted spring onion swirl bread for the easy braiding pictures. The pesto that I have used here is cashew coriander pesto and I love this pesto than the one which uses basil. But again you can vary the pesto which you are using in this bread.
In the recipe, I have mentioned that it took me only around 40 minutes for the dough to double. The time taken for the second rise is even more less. This is because I stay at the place where it is quite hot in summer. So your proving time may actually vary according to the temperature at the place where you reside. So instead of just looking at the time, go by the rise of the dough. Check when it nearly goes double and continues with the instructions as given in the recipe
The breads that I have baked for #Breadbakers are
FOR THE BREAD DOUGH
Add the flour, salt, sugar, yeast to the bowl of the stand mixer. Mix for 1 minute
Now, slowly add water and keep mixing.
Add the oil and keep mixing till all the flour comes togther
Now run the stand mixer in SPEED1 for 7 MINUTES
Take out the dough from the stand mixer and keep it in a well-oiled bowl. Cover it well and let it rise in the bowl for 1 hr for it to double in volume. In summer it might take only 40 minutes or so.
TO PREPARE THE FILLING
In the meantime grind all the ingredients mentioned in the filling with minimum water that is necessary.Keep it aside
FOR THE BRAIDED BREAD
Once the dough has risen, take it out. Punch it down a little, roll in into a rectangle as thin as possible
Spread the pesto filling all over leaving 1/2" on all sides
Now start rolling from the long side into a tight role
Make a slit in the center along the the length through all layers
Now braided it with the exposed side facing up
Now make it into a circular shape and transfer it to a baking tray lined with parchment paper
Cover it loosely and let it double again. It took me 30 minutes for the braid to double
PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 200C
Brush the braid with milk
Bake the bread at 200C for 20-25 minutes. You will see that the bread is becoming brown on the surface and will sound hollow when tapped
Transfer it to a cooling rack. Cut and serve and enjoy the flavours of this soft home baked bread
The theme for this month is “Braided Bread”. Our host of the month is Sonia Gupta at AnyBodyCanBake. Check out what the Bread Bakers have baked up.
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