This bread is so simple but so impressive when finished, once you know how to get the pattern you'll be coming up with all sorts of fillings. The loaf in the first picture has red pepper pesto and pine nuts but the first one I saw was on my friend Karen Lake's face book, she'd made a Nutella loaf for her friends at work which was apparently devoured in minutes and I'm not surprised.
I've also made the chocolate version and another with Lotus caramelised Biscuit Spread, but really sweet or savoury most things work as long as you can spread it on. St Agur Soft Blue cheese with walnuts sprinkled on was another great version or try it with dried cranberries for a festive variation
Once your dough has had it's first rise, divide it into two equal pieces. Roll the first one into a 10" round and place it onto your baking sheet or stone. Spread your choice of filling on top leaving a small edge as you would a pizza.
Roll out the second piece of dough and place on top. Now make eight equal cuts into the dough leaving a gap in the middle. You should now have eight triangular sections.
Finally cut each of the triangles in half. Take two adjacent sections and twist them in opposite directions twice. Repeat till all the sections are twisted. Cover and leave to rise for another hour then bake as usual for 15-20 minutes at 200C
Basic Bread Recipe
500g Strong White Bread Flour
14g Dried Yeast
50g Olive Oil
320g Warm Water
Use a freestanding mixer to form your ingredients into a dough. Tip out onto a lightly oiled surface and knead for 10 minutes. Place back in the mixing bowl and cover with cling film or a shower cap. Leave to rise for 1 hour.
Once the dough has doubled in size, tip it onto a lightly floured surface and form into your loaf. Leave to rise again for another hour then bake for 15-20 minutes at 200C
Cheers Karen Xx