Flavoured Rolled Bread, Plaits and Rolls
Once you have tried making a basic loaf of bread you may wish
to extend your bread repertoire by shaping and flavouring your bread.
- 500g/generous 1lb strong bread flour
- 1 tsp fast action dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 300ml warm water
Topping and glaze ingredients
- 100ml soya milk
- 5g sesame seeds
- Salt and pepper
Additional ingredients for the rolled bread
- 3 chopped sundried tomatoes
- ½ tsp chili flakes
- Place the flour into a large bowl and add the yeast and salt, then stir. Tip the oil into the water. Make a well in the flour and gradually add the water while stirring. Bring the dough together, then tip out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust your hands with a little flour.
- Knead the dough for at least 5 minutes. Place the dough into a clean bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size. This make take 1–2 hours.
- Tip your dough onto a lightly floured surface and knock it back. This basically means to knock the air out.
- Divide the dough into three portions.
Rolled Flavoured Bread
- You really can put all sorts of flavours into your bread. I’m partial to chopped sundried tomatoes and chilli flakes. Other flavours I have tried that work well are garlic, black pepper, fennel seeds, basil and mixed herbs.
- Gently roll out the dough as though you were going to make a pizza. Sprinkle on your flavour of choice. You really don’t need much.
- Roll the dough to form a sausage shape. Place your dough into a lined baking sheet. Push in the ends of the dough and pinch together to seal the ends.
- Use a sharp knife to score the top of the dough several times. Brush your dough with a little soya milk.
- Sprinkle your dough with sesame seeds, salt, pepper, a few chilli flakes or whatever you fancy. Allow the dough to rise for a second time.
- Take your second piece of dough and divide it into three pieces. Using your hands, roll each piece of dough into a snake shape.
- Place the three ‘snakes’ in a row. Bring the three pieces together at the top and firmly pinch together.
- To plait, take the outside left piece and place over the middle piece. Take the outside right piece and place it over the middle piece. Repeat until you have formed a plait. Pinch the dough together at the bottom and place into your lined baking tray. Brush with a little soya milk and sprinkle on sesame seeds and a little salt.
This is the easiest of the three.
- Simply divide the remaining dough into two pieces and shape into small rolls.
- Place your rolls onto a lined baking sheet brush with a little soya milk and top with sesame seeds and a little salt.
- Allow all of the dough creations to rise for about an hour.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/390°F/gas mark 5, for 20 minutes.
- When baked, place your bread onto a cooling rack.