Its Great Blogger Bake Off time again and this week we're baking bread! I was not looking forward to bread week at all as all my bread making efforts in the past have been pretty disastrous, hence why a friend of mine kindly gave me her bread maker! But I've managed to surprise myself and bake some tasty bread!
My bread recipe is called Rapunzel Plait Bread because its inspired by Disney's Tangled and Rapunzel's beautiful flowery braid plus, as my partner puts it, its a all in one bread that you can munch on while sitting in a tower! I slightly over baked mine (due to putting it in the oven and forgetting to put my timer on) but I'm really happy with the "plait" effect which was pretty easy to do.
This is like a "sandwich" bread so you could just butter it and theres no need to fill it as it already contains kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and German smoked cheese! I'm a veggie hence no meat but you could add some pancetta or chorizo for the carnivores in your life. I'm thinking about baking a sweet version with cinnamon and chocolate! Just need a good excuse.
To make my Rapunzel Plait Bread with kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and German smoked cheese you'll need:
- 6 1/2 cups of plain flour
- 1 1/2 tbs yeast
- 1 1/2 tbs salt
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 3/4 cup luke warm water (just warm to the touch)
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted kalamata olives
- 1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
- 1 cup of smoked cheese but you could try cheddar
1. Combine the flour, salt, yeast, sugar and mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Add water and olive oil and begin to mix with a wooden spoon and if you have a mixer, lucky you!. Half way until a wet dough is formed, add the olives, sun dried tomatoes and smoked cheese.
2. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, leaving a small opening and allow it to rise at room temperature, about 2-4 hours.
6. Pop a bowl of water in the oven on the tray under where you'll place your bread. This will create steam and give your bread a crunchy crust. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is browned and firm to the touch.
To decorate I used a few Busy Lizzies from my garden and yes you can eat them! This bread is pretty simple for a bread recipe hence why I can make it! I hope you give it a try and make your own Rapunzel Plait Bread flavour combinations! I'll be munching during tonights episode of The Great British Bake Off and you can follow mine and all the other baking bloggers progress on instgram #thegreatbloggerbakeoff.
Heres some other delicious bread recipes made by the lovely Great Blogger Bake Off bloggers:
- Mixed Breads by Mumma told me so
- Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia by The Goodowl
- Cinnamon Bun Brioche by Briar Rose
- Red Onion and Comte Cheese Loaf by Daisies and DM's
- Chapattis by The Very Hungry Baker
- Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Bread by Hannah Bakes Things
- Gluten Free Pesto, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Olive Bread by Immy May
- Sage and Olive Focaccia by Blood, Sweat and Heels
- Cheese and Tomato Focaccia by isayimposterista
- Flourless Courgette loaf with Parmesan and Olives by The Peppermint Pencil
- Spelt and Almond Soda Bread by Bumpkin Betty
- Sun Dried Tomato Soda Bread by Just like Heaven
Fancy some more baking? Take a look at my other Great Blogger Bake Off recipes here:
- Week 1 - Classic Marbled Vanilla Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd, Chocolate Frosting AND Vanilla Sour Cream Frosting
- Week 2 - Magical White Chocolate and Raspberry Unicorn Biscuits
Next week is desert week so think tiramisu, cheese cake and baked alaska! All will be happy in my house next week!