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Crown bread

Delicious garlicky crown bread with a hint of sweetness. Perfect for a cheese plater, a toast or on its own.

Vegan, nut free, soy free | Serves 10 | SIDE

Ingredients:

For the bread:

  • 500g bread flour
  • 3.5g fast action died yeast
  • 10g salt
  • 30ml Vassae Greek olive oil
  • 280ml lukewarm water

For the pesto:

  • 2 sundried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of sundried oil

To serve:

  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)

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Steps:

1.For the bread, in a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix well, then add the olive oil and then the water. Combine everything with a spoon and then continue with your hands.

2.Knead for a couple of minutes to bring everything together, then turn the dough on a clean surface and knead for 10 minutes approximately.

3.The dough must be soft and elastic.

4.Place it back into the bowl, that you have lightly oiled and cover with a damp towel to proof, until double in size (might be 1-2 hours).

5.While your dough is proofing, prepare the pesto. Add all the ingredients in a food processor or a mortar and pestle and blend until you get a nice paste.

6.Taste and adjust the seasoning to your preference.

7.By now the dough must have doubled in size, if not, let it proof for a little bit more.

8.Knock the air out of the proved dough with your fists.

9.Add the dough on a clean surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle (30x45cm approximately).

10.Spread the sundried pesto on and roll up from the long side.

11.Cut the roll into two ropes that are connected on the top.

12.Then begin forming the braid by crossing the right rope over the left rope. Continue the same process until the braid is done.

13.Transfer the braid on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Form it into a crown and pinch and tuck the two ends to stick together.

14.Cover it with clean film and let it proof for 45 minutes to an hour.

15.Preheat your oven to 180°C, 15 minutes before the bread finish proofing.

16.Remove the clean film and bake for 30-35 minutes until it gets a nice golden colour.

17.Brush the maple syrup while the bread is hot and let it cool for 30 minutes before cutting it.

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