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FETA OLIVE AND BASIL BREAD

mayurisjikoni
Feta, Olive and Basil Bread is a homemade bread which is stuffed with feta, olives and basil. Superbly delicious, goes well with a hearty salad or soup. Makes a good bread to carry for lunch, picnics or even when you're travelling.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Fermenting Time: 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine International
Servings 8 buns

Ingredients
  

  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp dry active instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1¼ cups warm water
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • ½ cup olives sliced
  • 1 tsp dried basil or ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp coarse pepper powder
  • extra oil for greasing and brushing
  • extra flour for dusting

Instructions
 

  • Put the flours in a big bowl.
  • Add sugar, salt and yeast to it and mix it.
  • Rub in the olive oil.
  • Add the warm water and form a dough.
  • Sprinkle some flour onto a worktop.
  • Put the dough onto it and knead it using the heel of your palm for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Make the dough into a huge round shape.
  • Rub oil all over the bowl and the dough.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with a cling film, lid or damp tea towel.
  • Put it in a suitable warm place for the dough to rise till its double the size.Mine takes about 1½ hours. The fermentation time will depend on the weather.
  • Punch the dough down gently. Sprinkle more flour over the worktop or board. Divide it into 8 or 10 equal parts and roll into a ball.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the filling.
  • Take one ball and using your thumb and fingers make it into a bowl shape.
  • Add 1 tsp of the filling and close up the edges.
  • Roll the dough into a round shape and place it in a greased tray with the sealed part at the bottom.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  • Place the tray in a warm place and let the dough rise again till its nearly double the size. I let it rest for 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Brush olive oil over the tops of the buns and sprinkle some basil over it.
  • Place the risen dough in the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till the tops are golden brown.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for a bit. Its tastes really good while it is still warm.

Notes

  • Shape the dough as you like, into a log shape, buns or as a loaf.
  • Use any tray or tin you like, square, round, loaf tin etc.
  • To knead the dough use the heel of your palm, fold and repeat. 
  • Add herbs of your choice.
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