Saturday, April 4, 2015

Basil and Piri Piri Bread

BM # 51
Week : 1 , Day : 4
Theme : Baking
Theme of the week : Breads

Last day of this week and I have a bread from Pavani's blog. Pavani has some fantastic bakes on her space and it was rather hard for me to choose from her list of breads. This bread looked so simple and I felt since I am no expert , I should pick things which would be doable for me.

The attraction to the bread was wheat flour and herbs. The bread had potato flour, which I didn't have so on Pavani's suggestion I added some boiled potato. I love basil flavor so I added dried basil, piri piri powder and some chopped piri piri. Check for the original version here. I had one bread in the oven which was in the loaf pan, since I did not have another loaf pan I used my round cake mould to bake the bread.i could have used another square pan , but well at that point of time it did not click.

The bread turned out very spongy, very delicious and it had a beautiful texture. I was so pleased with myself and wondered how the nervous me had managed to bake such a perfect bread. There were two breads at one go , the Honey Oats Bread and the Herbed Bread, it was difficult to judge which one was better. I was one happy person with two breads baked in one day and both turning out awesome. Enough of boasting , let us get to today's recipe...

2 cups APF
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp dry milk powder
1/4 cup boiled mashed potato or dried potato flakes
1 tsp piri piri powder
1 tsp dried basil
3-4 piri piri in brine, finely chopped
11/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
11/4 cups luke warm water
2 tbsp olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer; mix and knead until smooth dough forms, adding additional water or flour as needed.
Cover the dough and let rise for 1 hour.
Shape the dough into a log or a round ball, like I did and place it in a lightly greased pan .
Cover and let rise until the dough has crowned about 1" over the rim of the pan, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 180°C
Bake the bread for 35 - 40 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of the bread registers at least 88°C or 190°F . 
Though I adopted the knock method and my bread took about 50 minutes to bake.
Remove the bread from the oven, turn it our onto a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.

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  1. Very nicely done Vaishali.. Love the last click..

  2. Can smell the flavors of this bread from the picture itself.. Such a prefectly baked savoury bread Vaishali.

  3. Another awesome bread Vaishali. The shape is cute and the texture is great.

  4. u should really be happy this is lovely bread and the combination of flavors is really awesome

  5. Oh lavish praise on yourself, Vaishali! Because its really an achievement and feels so good when finally it all wokrs out well :-). The bread looks fabulous and somehow I feel this looks a lot more elegant than the square pan version would have been!

  6. OMG Vaishali, your bread is much much better than mine -- so much more flavorful and love the round shape too :-) Lovely presentation and thanks for the mention.

  7. I am so going to bake this spicy bread, Vaishali. This is far too tempting to pass up!

  8. Love the look of that bread with specs of herbs and chillie.

  9. Wow!!!such a beautifully baked bread,love the shape of the bread,must be a flavorful one..

  10. Beautiful bread. Love the flavours in it!!!

  11. I like the round shape and would prefer round to square shaped bread. The bread has so many herbs and must have be flavorful. Nice to know both the breads came out perfect.

  12. Thw bread looks great. Must have been very flavouful too. I loved the bread slices from the round pan. They look so nice.

  13. perfectly done breads And the set up with the chai ka glass sounds so delish !! lovely... I love savoury bakes so bookmarking this !!

  14. Such a flavorful bread Vaishali! And nice to see it shaped as a round instead of the usual loaf...

  15. Learning lot of new breads everyday. :-)

  16. oh yum, that is one flavorful bake, i almost drooling thinking all the herbs and its taste in the bread. Must be a perfect partner with a hot cup of chai!!!

  17. What ever shape it is look at the texture simply superb!!! me to bookmarked this recipe from Pavani.

  18. Ahhh again bread!! I can stop drooling after seeing your bread!! you got a perfect texture and love the way you baked in cake tin..Yumm

  19. Fantastic bread Vaishali...the texture is so inviting!..bookmarked!

  20. Love your clicks Vaishali! The bread looks so appetizing.

  21. Such a beautiful bread Vaishali. You bake amazing breads and say that you don't know bread baking!!! Love to try a slice of this flavourful bread..

  22. Vaishali! dont you dare say you cannot bake breads. Next time I will make you bake this one for me. Its beautiful and amazingly delicious .

  23. The clicks are too good. Love the last photo in particular.The bread is looking so nice. Definitely cant believe if you say you cannot bake breads/.