I appear to have misplaced my blogging mojo. If you happen to come across it, please let me know and I’ll come pick it up…
Until then, here’s a very nice bread recipe. Warning: a solitary person can devour an entire loaf in a single afternoon.
(Makes two loaves)
300ml warm water
1 tspn dry active yeast
400g strong white flour
1 tspn salt
Black olives, finely chopped
Other topping – seeded tomato slices or courgette strips or red pepper
Salt flakes (e.g. Maldon)
- Add the yeast to the warm water and set aside until the yeast foams a little (around 10 mins).
- In a large bowl stir together the flour and salt. Add the yeasty water and stir to create a wet dough. Leave for 5 mins.
- Smear a little olive oil onto your work surface and plop the dough out onto it. Knead for five minutes. (You might need to add a tiny bit more flour if the dough is really too sticky to do anything with but don’t add much. I just dip my hands in flour a couple of times if need be.)
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a teatowel. Leave in a warm (not too hot!) place for 30 mins until doubled in sized.
- Knead the dough for a couple of minutes again and place back in the bowl for another 30mins.
- Line two baking trays with baking paper and dust with flour. Split dough in two and roll gently each bit into a triangle shape a 1/2 inch thick. Use a knife or spatula to make incisions in the dough like this:
- Use your fingers to widen the incisions so you can see the work surface. Place on a baking tray. Brush with olive oil then scatter with chopped olives and another topping. (I’d use more than I did in the pictures next time) Set aside to rise in a warm area – approximately 40 mins.
- Meanwhile, heat your oven to 210 oC (or 200 oC if fan assisted). When oven reaches the right temperature place a cake tin of hot water in the bottom of the oven. Leave for 10 mins to let the oven get steamy.
- Sprinkle the dough with salt flakes then immediately pop into the oven for 20 mins.
- Remove from oven and leave to cool on a rack before eating.