A recipe that I just had to try out whilst feeling totally inspired by the Italian way of life. They have such passion for everything they do and food is definitely at the top of the agenda.
This is a simple, cheap and satisfying loaf to make, and certainly one to impress your family and friends.
- 250g Strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 sachet (7 grams) Yeast
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 200ml Cold water
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Antipesto of your choice for topping (Olives, sun dried tomatoes, roasted aubergine, fresh thyme, sea salt)
- Measure flour, salt, yeast, olive oil and 100ml of the water into a large bowl. Gently stir with a spoon or your hand to form a dough, adding more water as you need.
- Knead in the bowl for around 5 minutes, to get your desired consistency.
- When satisfied, tip out onto a lightly oiled surface and knead for a further 10 minutes.
- Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for around 30 minutes (until doubled in size).
- Lightly grease a tray (that you will cook the bread in), tip the dough in and spread it out to the corners. Cover and leave to prove for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 220C. Dimple the bread with your fingers and cover with your antipesto, a drizzle of olive oils, some sprigs of fresh thyme and a pinch of sea salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes, serve warm.