Have you ever made your own bread before? It is actually lots of fun! You can also do it with the kids, something very hands on for the kids to do. They will have so much fun in the kitchen. In addition to that, they will also learn of how bread is made.
The recipe today is Molives bread. You can also bake this bread for your Christmas entrée 🙂 Molives are hand-stuffed olives. You can find Molives at Leichhardt market on Saturdays and Marrickville market on Sundays. They sell olives stuffed with various stuffing like garlic, chilli, wasabi, etc. My favorite is chilli stuffed Molives! Yumm!
Go to http://www.molives.com.au/ for more Molives information 😀
Anyway the bread is not difficult, but you need to allow a good few hours to successfully bake this bread. Are you ready?
Ingredients: (make 1 loaf)
2 ¼ cups plain flour
2 tsp instant dried yeasts
2 tsp castor sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup warm water
1 spring onions, thinly sliced
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1 cup sliced Molives (lemon Molives, the Mamah Molives, semi dried tomato Molives or any you’d like!)
A dash of low-fat milk, to brush
- Combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, and add warm water. Mix well to form soft dough with a wooden spoon or spatula for about 1-2minutes.
- The fun part begins! Don’t forget to clean your bench first, then lightly flour your bench. Turn out the dough onto the bench. Knead for 10minutes, gradually adding the remaining flour, until smooth and elastic. It’s done when it doesn’t stick to your palms anymore.
- Place the dough in a lightly oily bowl. Set aside in a warm place for 1hour or until it doubles in size. Now, in winter or cold weather, the trick is to pre-heat the oven at 100C for 10minutes, then turn the oven off. Put the dough inside the oven, but leave the door ajar.
- An hour or 1.5 hours later, the dough must have been doubled! It’s quite fun for the kids to see the change (honestly even we were excited to see it became so big!)! Turn it back onto the bench, punch the dough (let the kids do it if they want) once. Spread the dough a bit, and add Molives, spring onions and rosemary. Work on the dough for a bit (5mins). While doing so, pre-heat the oven at 180C.
- Shape the dough into a 20cm round, place it on oil-sprayed tray. Brush the top of the bread with milk. Bake it for 40-45minutes or until golden brown in colour or until it sounds hollow when it’s tapped (remember Ratatouille?).
- Stand on tray for 5minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
So, how does your Molives bread taste like? Did you have fun in the kitchen?
Nutritionally speaking, a thick slice of Molives bread has 739kJ, 7g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 22g carbs, 3.8g protein and 418mg sodium