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Basil Pesto Bread

Swati
Soft Basil Pesto Bread for perfect for dinner time , goes well with soups, pastas. Flavor up your sandwiches and toasts or make open pizza sandwiches.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Proofing Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Baking, Breakfast, Dinner, snacks

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-2 Tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil or use any flavorless oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp Basil Pesto homemade/store-bought
  • 120 ml Water

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the flours, salt,sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Add instant yeast and add water. Water should be slightly warm enough to touch.
  • Make a well in the center and add water, start mixing the flour. When the flour is just combined, leave it for 5 mins and then start kneading.
  • Transfer the dough to the counter, dusted with flour, knead to as smooth and soft dough. Try to use very little flour, as the dough can become more dry.
  • Keep the dough for first proofing in a lightly oiled  bowl, covered with a damp towel.
  • Once the dough is proofed, check the proofed dough with dimple test. Poke a finger in the dough and make a dimple, if the dough bounces back a little the dough is proofed.
  • Take the proofed dough on the counter, spread a little add oil and pesto and knead into the flour till the pesto and oil incorporates into the dough.
  • You can also roll the bread using a rolling pin in a rectangular shape, spread pesto on the dough and make a tight jelly roll, for the pin-wheel bread.
  • Keep the dough for second proofing, this will take another 30 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 325F or 170C, once the bread starts rising.
  • When the bread is proofed, brush with milk and oil mix (milk wash), and bake for 45-50 minutes in pre-heated oven.
  • After 45 minutes, check the bread, it should be brown, crusty. Check carefully using a kitchen towel, it should sound hollow when knocked at the bottom. 

Notes

I made a big loaf from the dough, you can divide the dough in two equal parts and make two medium sized loafs.
You can also keep the dough for final proofing in a loaf pan and bake the bread to get a sandwich bread.
After, 25 minutes, either spray water on the loaf or brush it with some more milk wash to get a nice crust and brown color. Brush again once the bread is baked.
Keep the bread to cool on a wire rack and cut it when it has completely cooled down or slightly warm.
Add more cheese if you want a cheesy filling in the bread. I like to make moderately flavored bread with moderate amount of cheese in it.
Store the bread in a zip lock or air-tight container and finish the bread within 3-4 days. The bread can be frozen for a month, but trust me you will never get to freeze the bread as it gets finished off too quickly!!
Keyword baking, Basil Pesto, Breads with Yeast
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