Stuffed Bread

 

For as long as I can remember, my gran has been making homemade varieties of this all time favourite. Luckily for me, she spread that knowledge onto my dad. I´ve decided to share the family recipe you, so that you too may enjoy a homemade bread with your family & friends. Just follow the simple steps below. Happy baking!

Onion-green-pepper-and-mushroom stuffed loaf: 

What I love about this recipe is it´s versatility. I´m making a stuffed version of my Ma Maude´s original recipe, using onion; green pepper and mushroom.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg white bread flour (this may easily be replaced with brown bread flour)
  • 1 packet of instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt } (feel free to add more if you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar } ¨
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 green pepper
  • some diced mushrooms

Method:

For the filling:

Dice up 1 small onion, a 1/4 green pepper and a few mushrooms and place in a bowl

(Feel free to try some other filling ideas e.g.bacon, spinach and feta)

For the loaf:

  • Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Fill a jug with lukewarm water (the warmer the water the easier your ingredients will combine & the softer the dough will be)
  • Make a well in your flour mixture with a wooden spoon and slowly add in the warm water (optional: you may also add melted butter or oil along with the water). Stir simultaneously with a wooden spoon
  • Once the mixture has reached a point where it´s sticky, but NOT too wet, dust its entire surface with flour
  • Begin to knead with your hands (a helpful tip is to dust your hands with flour too, to avoid sticky fingers)
  • Keep kneading until your dough is springy to the touch and can form into a smooth ball
  • Place the dough into a plastic container (preferably a large Tupperware bowl) and completely cover with a dishcloth. Leave in a room-temperature area until the dough has risen completely (an easy way to tell if your dough is ready is to see whether the large risen dome is visible from underneath your dishcloth)
  • Knead the risen dough once more
  • Divide into two (for 2 medium loaves) or leave as 1 (for one large loaf)
  • Butter a baking dish or a loaf tin and place the dough inside
  • Make a well in the centre of your dough and place your desired amount of filling inside
  • Seal the well, using the dough on each side, and pinch it closed
  • Drizzle with olive oil and your choice of garnish (I have used flax seeds, but dried rosemary, coarse sea salt or grated cheese would be divine too!)
  • Bake in an oven pre-heated to 180°C for approx. 20-30 mins, until golden brown & a kebab stick comes out clean when poking a hole through your loaf
  • Slice when cool, as this will create cleaner slices

 

Enjoy with a cup of tea, with butter or as a side for a main meal!

Jessie x

(All photos: my own)

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