Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pesto and Garlic Bread

I've been MIA for a long while. I haven't been cooking much either. And had serious writer's block! Thanks to everyone who enquired after me! Not sure if I'm back but I wanted to share a recipe that I kind of created recently.


Pesto and Garlic Bread

For the Bread:

4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 tbsp Sugar
1.5 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Cold Butter
400 ml Water

For the Flavors:
4-5 cloves of Garlic, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup Pesto

Mix all the ingredients together and knead the dough until it begins to feel smooth to the touch (about 10 minutes). Place the dough in an oiled container and cover with a muslin cloth. Leave it in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).

Remove the dough and shape into a log. Cut into three portions. Roll each portion out to a rough rectangle. Spread one side of each rectangle with pesto (I used homemade walnut and spinach pesto) and the chopped garlic. Roll each portion up as tight as possible. Place in a loaf pan with the seam side down. Repeat for the other portions and place alongside each other.


Cover with a muslin cloth and leave in a warm place until doubled again (about 45 minutes to an hour). Preheat the oven to 220 deg C. Bake the risen bread for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and when tapped, sounds hollow.

This was delicious. And the pesto gave the bread a much softer crumb than regular bread. And it had the added advantage of being very pretty!


This bread is off to Susan @ Wild Yeast for YeastSpotting.

40 comments:

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,Lovely.I too had made cheesy pesto bread.Will be posting tomorrow.Lovely and I know its delish.My recipe is different from yours thgh.

Sig said...

It is a pretty bread indeed!

Sunshinemom said...

Well, you made a start and that is good:) As always an awesome one:)

Madhu said...

Cute rolled breads,looks delicous with pesto..

Uj said...

bread looks yummy and looks pretty too...

Rajani said...

that is so creative!!! wow pesto in bread great combination, hope to see more yummy stuff and soon.

Aparna said...

Good to see you back, Arundathi and that too with a bread.
It most definitely is pretty.

Aparna said...

Do send it in to Susan for YeastSpotting.

Priya said...

WOw wat a amazing work Arundathi, just gorgeous..

Shama Nagarajan said...

my fav one..lovely dear

Rathna said...

I love anything with pesto in it. Will definetly try it.
I've stared an event called "Made for Each Other". please participate if you are interested. Thank you.

Happy cook said...

Beautiful bread.

Madhu said...

Wow..they look so adorable..And I have all the ingredients in hand..Will give a try.Thank you :)

Dragon said...

I love these adorable buns. So gorgeous!

Zuleika said...

Would love to have some esp. with my new bread diet :-)

Trupti said...

bread looks very delicious

Passionate About Baking said...

Aw that's beautiful Arundhati. Delicious flavours & I love the idea of the tight rolls. Must distribute the flavours through the bread so well!

homecooked said...

Wow....this looks so perfect! Yummy.

Ramya Bala said...

superb...looks so delicious....

Holler said...

Looks and sounds divine! This is my kind of recipe :)

I hope you are back sweetie!

churningthewordmill.wordpress.com said...

good to see a new post... this looks good.. i like garlic flavoured bread..and pesto... so its a combi that appeals to me...
but i donno if i m going to try it out.. im jinxed when it comes to bread..ALL my breads flop!!! lol..
mandira

Cynthia said...

I like this very much. All one needs to go with this is a cup of delightful tea!

Sending you hugs.

Bharti said...

Ooh..that looks yummy and yes, very pretty. Nice to see you again. I have to get back to my blog as well, and I've just been so busy. Soon.

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

It doesn't get much better than garlic and pesto rolled up in a bread!

Usha said...

Pretty and yum bread :-)

Elle said...

How pretty! It's like three lovely bread rolls...PESTO bread rolls yet...in one pan. Must try.

DK said...

lovely lovely bread! Madam has been busy bakign in here! How are u babes? Need to catch up with u

Jude said...

Look at those layer of pesto. That's beautiful.
Nice to see you back!

Madhuram said...

Hi Arundathi. It's been a long time since I've been here, so thought to visit today and see that you have also not been posting regularly. Sometimes it happens. Hope to see more of your amazing bread and other recipes.

This roll looks absolutely gorgeous.

Sara said...

This looks really amazing. I love the layers of pesto. I will definitely be trying this.

Chitra said...

gorgeous pics arundhati:)really yummm!!

Arundathi said...


Thank you so much everyone!! Sorry haven't replied yet!

Curry Leaf - That sounds great. Will check it out.

Sig - thank you!

Sunshinemom - Thanks - yup taking baby steps!

Madhu - thanks

Uj - thanks

Rajani - thank you - i hope so too!

Aparna - Good to be back, after a long break. Sent it to Susan - thanks for the reminder

Priya - Thanks

Shama - Thanks

Rathna - Do try it. Will check out the event details. thanks

Happy Cook - thanks a lot.

Madhu - I hope you did try it!

Dragon - thanks!

Zu - anytime babe! :-)

Trupti - thanks

pb&b - Yes it did - I loved the roll concept too.

Homecooked - thanks

Ramya Bala - thanks

Holler - Well, slowly starting to step into the blogosphere again! :-) thanks!

Mandira - Try this one - its infallible!

Cynthia - Thanks - would love some tea too right now!

Bharti - Yeah, this procrastination is a killer!

Susan - Yup!

Usha - thank you!

Elle - Thank you!

DK - Haven't been busy at all - atleast not baking!! :-) Yes, need to catch up soon!

Jude - Thanks - good to be back!

Madhuram - Thanks for dropping by!

Sara - I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Chitra - thanks!

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The Purple Foodie said...

I love how you've shaped your pesto rolls! It looks absolutely lovely!