Thursday, January 23

Tomato & Mozzarella Bread

I'm back.
I'm alive.
I survived exams.
Hoorah!

Apologises for the break on the blog recently. Obviously getting a good degree has to take priority and so I've spent the past couple of weeks buried in Tudor text books in the deepest, darkest depths of the Leeds University library.
But do not fret, I'm back with a vengeance.
I've got some great plans coming my way to take full advantage of my freedom, so stay tuned here folks.
In the meantime however, I couldn't not end my three week baking break the second I was free.
(My housemates were getting increasingly grouchy after continually finding the cake tin empty!)


With some hungry boys in the house, I needed something large, tasty and quick. Like I said before, I'm trying to practise my bread making skills and so I whacked out my Paul Hollywood book to make this delicious bake.

Sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes and molten mozzarella... What on earth is not to like?!
Freshly made bread is delicious enough as it is, but let's face it, the addition of cheese just makes it unbeatable.
Shall we have some slow motion cheese pulling?
I think so.



*Drool*

I set this down on the living room table, right in the centre of the seven google eyed boys too interested in playing COD.
But then the smell hit them, the bread had their full attention and within five minutes every last crumb was gone.
Four huge chunks of bread. Gone.
Even I was impressed by that!

To make your own Cherry Tomato & Mozzarella breads, you will need:
(Each recipe makes enough for four breads)
- 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
- 10g salt
- 10g instant yeast
- 400ml tepid water
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for sprinkling and lining the tub
- 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 balls of mozzarella (about 125g each)
- Dried oregano for sprinkling



In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, the salt and the yeast. (Salt & yeast at opposite sides of the bowl.)
Because this is a very wet dough, it is much easier to use an electric dough hook here. (Don't worry, you don't have to buy a KitchenAid for a couple of hundred pounds, most standard little hand mixers come with a dough hook attachment.)
Add 3/4 of the tepid water and begin mixing on a slow speed. As the dough begins to come together, keep on adding the remaining water bit by bit.



Once all of the water is added, mix for a further 5-8 minutes on a medium speed. The dough should be wet, sticky and stretchy. 


Add the olive oil and mix for a further two minutes.
Lightly oil a large tub (about 2-3 litres in size), and scrape in the wet dough.
Cover and leave until doubled in size (about an hour or so.)



Line two baking trays with parchment and heavily flour your work surface.
Gently tip the dough out, instead of 'knocking it back' we want to try to keep as much air in as possible.


Cover the top in flour too.


Cut the dough into four equal pieces.


Then stretch each piece of dough a little into a rectangle. Space them on both baking sheets, leaving gaps between each.


Push ten tomatoes halves into the surface of each bread.


Tear up the mozzarella into pieces and push them into the dough.
Sprinkle each bread with olive oil and then dried oregano.



Leave to rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 210C (190 fan).
Slide into the oven for 15-20 minutes and remove when golden brown and the cheese is bubbling away.



Such a simple recipe & one which definitely got a big thumbs up from the house mates!


Utterly delicious, addictive and perfect to have as a snack or served alongside some pasta.
I was a happy girl to say the least.

Sorry for all of the continuous recipe posts, I promise I'm now getting out of the house this week with my newly found freedom.
But it in the meantime....
*Drool*
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7 comments

  1. Welcome back to your full blogging glory! And congratulations for surviving the dreaded exams! I'm sure you did brilliantly.

    I like the bread. I like the bread a lot. I especially like the cheese pulling....yum!

    Ever thought of becoming Paul Hollywood's apprentice?

    Caroline x
    Cocktails and Caroline

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  2. wow i just love how your pizza photos has that "motion" feel to it :) and congrats on surviving your exams!

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  3. This looks delicious, you're a great housemate!! Well done for your exams, I hope they went really well :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  4. These look absolutely delicious!

    -Sam
    http://thatcuriouscat.blogspot.com/

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  5. I need this in my life. All day, every day.

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  6. Yippeeee she's back and she's back with a bang <3
    This really has given me the kick-up the backside I needed to get on and make this focaccia!
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

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  7. Wohooo!! Emily is back! This looks so super-duper tasty. I really must get baking - I keep saying this and am such a failure at the moment!

    Katie <3

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