Monday, October 6, 2008

Chilli Bread

I've been wanting to make a spicy bread for some time now, but being new to bread baking, I didn't want to venture into creating my own - it was just easier to follow a recipe. But this past weekend, I threw caution to the wind, and just decided to go with the flow (or, in this case, flour).

This is a simple bread and let me tell you first hand, if you've never baked bread before, try this one and be amazed at the results!


Chilli Bread

4 cups All-Purpose Flour + extra for dusting
1 tbsp Sugar
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper/ Red Chilli Flakes
1/2 cup shredded Cheese (I used grated Parmesan, but use whatever cheese you like best)
1 tsp Active Dry Yeast
400 ml Water

Combine all the ingredients, except the water, in a large bowl. Gradually add the water, bringing the mixture together to form a ball. Turn the ball out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. The dough will begin to feel smooth and springy to touch. Put the ball into a lightly oiled bowl (I used the same bowl that I started with - less cleaning!). Cover with a muslin cloth.


Let it rise to double its size (approximately 1 hour).


Turn the dough out again and press to slowly release air bubbles that may have formed. Gently knead for about 2 minutes.

Form the dough into any desired shape. Here I've just tried to get an artisan feel with a round loaf, but you could use a loaf pan as well. Cover again with the muslin and leave it to rest until it rises again to about 1 1/2 times its size (approximately 45 mts - 1 hour). Preheat oven to 225 deg C.

Make slits with a sharp knife on the surface of the dough to release steam. I made slits that were quite deep - the slits should be of about 1" depth.


Transfer the dough into the oven in the middle rack. On the bottom rack, put a tray filled with 1 cup water. Close and leave alone for 10 minutes. Now take out the water tray. Close again and leave for 30-35 minutes. The bread is done when it sounds hollow if you tap on the bottom of the loaf.


You'll love the smell of freshly baked bread in your house! Its addictive!

This bread goes to Susan @ Wild Yeast for YeastSpotting.

35 comments:

arundati said...

i am always in awe of anyone who can turn out loaves of bread...this one looks excellent....i hope i have the courage soon to try....adding chilli and cheese must give this a lovely flavour

Curry Leaf said...

Looks delicious.I will try with whole wheat/corn .Thanks for the recipe.

Divya Vikram said...

Looks too good Anu..I am going to try this recipe replacing the chilli flakes with jalapeno.Thanks for the idea..

mitr_bayarea said...

Great recipe for chilli bread, since I am new to baking, can you tell me where to get the active dry yeast for this bread.

Bhags said...

the bread in the pic looks wonderful Anu......cheese and chillies combo is a winner

raaji said...

looks too good for my breakfast!!!!!

Sujatha said...

looks beautiful in the picture.. I am sure it will taste great too.. Savory bread is something new to me.. thanks for sharing :)

Priya said...

Looks Delicious..am drooling on ur chilly bread..its really new to me..sure will give a try..

Priyanka said...

the bread looks delicious...have never tried baking one at home:(

Bhavani said...

wow! real nice. So glad I'll soon be able to sample your cooking ;)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Thank you for this beautiful and spicy contribution to YeastSpotting! I can imagine this smelled amazing while baking and tasted just as good.

Bharti said...

Oh my..you really are in to breads! Love this spicy one and crust looks beautiful.

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely loaf,it must tasting great with cheese and chilli flakes.

Nirmala said...

chilli ? Cheese ? I am fallen dear! Have bought a new pack of active dry yeast. Will try it out soon!

Nags said...

the slits make the bread look really pretty! u have such easy bread baking recipes in your blog that i am very tempted to try them all! :D

Raaga said...

I made something very similar... not as crusty though... I love this loaf... send some over?

http://chefatwork.blogspot.com/2007/09/cheesy-wheat-bread.html

GEORGE ALAN FRAMPTON said...

The weather is getting cooler; time to bake some bread. I've never thought of chili bread, but this sounds absolutely delicious. Will definitely give it a try. Thanks.

Syrie said...

Wow! Well done. It looks amazingly soft and so professional!

Curry Leaf said...

Can you please clarify about the water tray?Can we do without it?Is it needed if you are trying with green chilli or making cornmeal/wheat chilli bread.Hop u do not mind me asking this.

Arundathi said...

Arundati - Do try it soon!

Curry Leaf - Sounds like a good idea. Btw, the water tray is to make the bread softer - u can leave it out. You can also just mist the inside of the oven with a water spray.

Divya Vikram - What a great idea - jalapeno bread! mmm.

Mitr_bayarea - Depends on where you live. It should be available in most large grocery stores.

Bhags - Thanks dear!

Raaji - :) Great idea.

Sujatha - Sure - I love savory breads.

Priya - Thanks

Priyanka - Do try it

Bhavani - :) Can't wait!

Susan - You are welcome! I love Yeast Spotting - esp the round-ups! :) Happy to contribute!

Bharti - Thank you!

Pearlsofeast - Yup it did - thanks.

Nirmala - Glad you found it. Let me know how it works for you.

Nags - Yeah I think the slits really added to the look. Do try it.

Raaga - Yours looks lovely. Sure - let me know next time you're in town!

George Alan Frampton - Do let me know if you enjoyed it. Thanks.

Syrie - Thank you so much.

Curry Leaf - I've answered your question above.

Curry Leaf said...

Thanks a lot.

jayasree said...

Delicious savoury bread. I am sure going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

Arundathi said...

Curry Leaf - no problem

Jayasree - Sure, anytime!

Aparna said...

This definitely sounds like my kind of bread.
The slashes on your braed look really good.

Passionate About Baking said...

Made this yesterday Arundathi...with some roasted garlic in it too. Fab loaf & so well behaved! Thanks for a lovely recipe. Lov Deeba

Arundathi said...

Aparna - Thanks so much! :-)

Passionate About Baking - I'm so glad you liked it - and the roasted garlic is a great idea! You are very welcome.

Jude said...

Ooh chili flakes and cheese -- I like it already.

Arundathi said...

Thanks Jude

bee said...

i have some dough rising right now. i'm gonna knead some chilli in.

Arundathi said...

bee - mmm do post photos!

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Josh said...

yum. this bread is really good. I put dried flaked red chillis, birdseye chillis, and dried spannish red peppers roughly chopped through it too. yum yum yum...

Anonymous said...

i think the temp is too high and i used fresh chillis and it made the bread way too spicy!