I have a bad habit of trying different things when I go to a restaurant. Bad because, most of the time I make wrong choices from the menu (which I later don’t end up liking). I did the same thing at the very popular ‘Panera bread‘. Wrong choices a couple of times and we decided never to go again. But last week, I went there with my colleagues. I tasted a panini and loved it. Within a week I returned there to eat it again with V, that itself says how much I loved it.
Now, V wanted me to bake a bread at home. I have been baking a lot these days. I feel baking a bread is much easier once you get the hang of it. I love the freshly baked bread aroma. I know, everyone does. So I decided to bake a bread yesterday. I checked in panera bread website and found an olive bread recipe which looked interesting. Based on that, I baked this bread, with a few variations I wanted to make, to the original recipe.
I must say, this was one of the best breads I have ever baked. It was very easy as I did not spend much time to knead the dough. It got ready in about 2hrs – most of which was proofing time where I didn’t have to do anything. I used 2/3rd of the dough and have frozen the remaining for later use.
Check out tomato cheese panini.
3 cups all purpose flour
1 and 3/4 cups water(approx)
1 tea spn honey
1/4 cup chopped olives
2 tea spns active dry yeast
1/4 tea spn red chilli flakes
1 tea spn salt
2 tbl spn butter
1 tbl spn butter
Garlic salt (if not available, use fresh garlic chopped fine and normal salt)
Add salt and honey to luke warm water. Add yeast and leave it for 10mins to get active.
Add all other ingredients. Mix and leave it in a warm place till the dough doubles in volume (It took approx 1hr for me).
Now take the dough on a clean surface and knead dough for about 2-3mins. Shape it into desired size and keep on the baking tray (I lined a cookie sheet with a aluminum sheet and applied some olive oil to it).
Leave it for another 30mins till they proof again.
With a knife, put a cut on the dough.
Preheat the oven at 450F for 10mins.
Bake the bread for about 15mins.
Take out and brush some butter on the bread. Sprinkle garlic salt and basil on top.
Bake again for about 15mins.
I served it with basil and olive oil mixture as it is done in my favorite Italian restaurant.